M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) Master of Science (MS) curriculum provides an academic experience that prepares students for a range of careers in academic research, government agencies, industries, and non-profit organizations (e.g. the World Health Organization). The curriculum can also provide a foundation for M.D. and related Ph.D. degrees
Students gain experience with the structure and function of macromolecules and their integration into biological processes. Our curriculum focuses on the structure and function of macromolecules and their integration into biomolecular and biogeochemical systems, with a particular emphasis on environmental and public health contexts.
The curriculum is designed to ensure a common foundation of core concepts and skills, but also to allow considerable flexibility for customization to provide the optimal educational experience for each student. Core concepts and skills are taught through a series of three required core courses, with the remaining coursework consisting of advanced electives, readings groups, and special topics courses selected in consultation with the student's advisory committee.
The BMB program includes two tracks of study:
Students in both tracks take core courses as well as a selection of elective courses for three academic terms (fall, winter, and spring).
Upon completion of the program students will be equipped with:
- Conceptual knowledge and in-depth understanding of biomolecular and biogeochemical systems in environmental and public health contexts.
- Technical know-how in using systems thinking to solve biomolecular and biogeochemical problems in public and
- environmental health.
- Enhanced capability and competitiveness in the development of a career related to biomolecular and biogeochemical systems, particularly in health and environmental fields.
All three of the BMB M.S. degree can be obtained with or without a thesis. The non-thesis option may include some non-thesis research or internship credits. The M.S. thesis option requires a written thesis, composed of original research, and an oral defense. Most M.S. students are admitted to non-thesis tracks, but some enter directly into thesis tracks. Non-thesis M.S. students can convert to a thesis track, and M.S. students can be promoted to the Ph.D. program, although the latter requires a formal application. Typical times to complete the M.S. in BMB (for full time students) are 1 academic year for the non-thesis option and 2 years for the thesis option.
Most students accepted into the BMB M.S. program have Bachelors (or equivalent) degrees in the physical or biological sciences, engineering, or related disciplines (e.g., computer science). Prospective students with different backgrounds are encouraged to inquire, if they have professional or other experience that might provide adequate background. Requirements for admission to this program include all the general requirements, which are given here, plus the following:
M.S. students may be full time or part time. To matriculate, students should follow the instructions on the Admissions web page. Applications are considered year-round, but prospective M.S. students are encouraged to apply by July 31 for admission to start in the following Fall quarter. (International students should apply earlier to allow time processing visas.) Requirements for admission to this program include all the general requirements are described on the Admissions web page.
M.S. students may be full time or part time. To matriculate, students should follow the instructions on the Admissions web page.