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Biochemistry & Biotechnology Master of Science

This M.S. degree in biochemistry & biotechnology is offered in cooperation with the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This degree program encompasses both the basic principles and the technological applications of biochemistry and biotechnology, and provides students with the training they need to become a part of the broad life sciences industry. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit a completed application form, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of all previous coursework to the Graduate School.  GRE scores are usually waived for domestic applicants, but required for the evaluation of international applications. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. A score of 213 or better on the computer-based exam (or 550 on the paper-based exam) is required. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry from an accredited institution of higher learning, with a minimum grade point average overall and in biology and chemistry courses of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and must have completed a course in biochemistry (equivalent to Biol/Chem 4712).

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Degree Options

The M.S. degree in Biochemistry & Biotechnology can be earned with a thesis or without a thesis. The thesis option requires full-time enrollment, whereas the non-thesis option does not. All students admitted to the program are considered to be in the non-thesis option unless a faculty member of the program has accepted them as a thesis student.

Degree Requirements

Both the thesis and non-thesis options require a total of 30 graduate credit hours, of which at least half must be at the 5000-level or above. A maximum of 12 or 5 credit hours of Graduate Research (Biol or Chem 6905) may be applied toward the 30 credit hour total for the thesis or non-thesis options, respectively.

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

Chem 5722 Advanced Graduate Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
Chem 5774 Bioinformatics (3 credit hours) or
Biol 5436 Applied Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
Biol 6615 Advanced Biotechnology Laboratory II (4 credit hours)
Biol 6602 Advanced Molecular Biology (3 credit hours) or
Biol 6612 Advanced Molecular Genetics of Bacteria (3 credit hours)
Biol 6889 Graduate Seminar (2 credit hours)

Elective Courses (15 credit hours)

Chem 4733 Biochemistry Laboratory (2 credit hours)
Chem 4764 Interdisciplinary Topics in Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
Chem 5772 Advanced Physical Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
Chem 5694 Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (3 credis hours)
Chem 5794 Special Topics in Biochemistry (1-3 credit hours)
Chem 6787 Problem Seminar in Biochemistry (1 credit hour)
Chem 6905 Graduate Research (1-5 credit hours)**
Biol 4550 Advanced Bacterial Pathogenesis (3 credit hours)
Biol 4842 Immunobiology (3 credit hours)
Biol 5069 Topics in Cellular and Molecular Biology (1 credit hour)
Biol 6442 Advanced Developmental Biology (3 credit hours)
Biol 6602 Advanced Molecular Biology (3 credit hours)
Biol 6612 Advanced Molecular Genetics of Bacteria (3 credit hours)
Biol 6622 Advanced Cellular Basis of Disease (3 credit hours)
Biol 6632 Advanced Nucleic Acid Structure and Function (3 credit hours)
Biol 6642 Advanced Plant Biology and Biotechnology (3 credit hours)
Biol 6652 Advanced Virology (3 credit hours)
Biol 6699 Graduate Internship in Biotechnology (1-4 credit hours)
Biol 6889 Graduate Seminar (2 credit hours)
Biol 6905 Graduate Research (1-5 credit hours)**
Biol 6920 Topics in Biology (2-5 credit hours), when relevant

** Maximum of 5 credit hours total between Chem 6905 and Biol 6905 Graduate Research courses

Information for newly admitted students

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