Curriculum

For graduation, students must complete a minimum of 20 graded credit hours and 30 total credit hours. There are two options: a non-thesis option and a thesis option. Preparation of an MS thesis usually increases time to degree, and offers students a credential in research and critical experience in data acquisition, writing and communication.

Biochemistry requirements:

 

MSLS, thesis

MSLS, non-thesis

Overall requirements

20 graded credit hours and 30 total credit hours.  5000 level courses (12 credits or more); Graduate Seminar (2 or 3 credits); 4000 level courses (maximum of 6 credits); Research and Thesis (6-10 credits).

20 graded credit hours and 30 total credit hours.  5000 level courses (12 credits or more); Graduate Seminar (2 or 3 credits); 4000 level courses (maximum of 6 credits); Experiential learning courses, or research project, or approved internshipa (6-10 credits).

Required courses

BCHM 5224 (3), BCHM 5784 (3)b, Ethics (1 or 2), Statistics (3)

BCHM 5224 (3), BCHM 5784 (3)b, Ethics (1 or 2), Statistics (3)

Experiential learning courses (Electives)

BCHM 5014 Protein Biochemistry (3 credits);
BCHM 5014 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry[JT1]  (3 credits); BCHM 4124 Laboratory Problems in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (6 credits)c; BCHM 5974, Independent Study (3 credits)d

BCHM 5014 Protein Biochemistry (3 credits);
BCHM 5014 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry[JT2]  (3 credits); BCHM 4124 Laboratory Problems in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (6 credits)c; BCHM 5974, Independent Study (3 credits)d

Other elective courses and activities

Work with the advisory committee to tailor elective courses and activities to facilitate goals in one of several career tracks.

Work with the advisory committee to tailor elective courses and activities to facilitate goals in one of several career tracks.


a.       Students interested in internships will initiate or seek such experiences themselves, which will be approved and evaluated by their advisory committee.

b.      All students enrolled in BCHM 5784 develop a research proposal which will be evaluated by the instructor and is part of the assessment for this course. MSLS students are not required to defend their proposals with a faculty committee.

c.       Only three of the six credit hours will be counted as Experiential learning course credits. The full six credits can be counted towards the 4000 level graded course credits.

d.      Up to 3 credit hours of BCHM 5974 may be used to engage in alternative experiential learning experiences focused on building expertise in outreach, and/or teaching and learning


Advisory committee:
Students will form an advisory committee during the first two weeks of their first semester in the program. The advisory committee will guide the student in developing a plan of study and approve changes to this document. The student will meet with their committee prior to the end of their first semester.


Suggested Elective Courses and Tracks.

One strength of our program is the ability of each student to specialize in areas of interest. The foci and courses below provide several areas of concentration that utilize core competence built in Biochemistry.

 

Bioinformatics, Computational Biochemistry
CS/GBCB 5045-5046: Computation for the Life Sciences I and II
BCHM 5024: Computational Biochemistry for Bioinformatics 
BIOL 4075 Bioinformatics Methods
CS6824: Advanced Topics in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics  

 

Omics and Systems Biology
MATH/GBCB 5415, 5416: Continuous Models in Biological Applications
CS5424: Computational Cell Biology
CS5854: Computational Systems Biology 
GBCB 5874: Problem Solving in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
BMES 5054 Quantitative Cell Physiology 
BIOL4844: PROTEOMICS AND BIOLOGICAL MASS SPECTROMETRY
ENT 5324 Genomics of Disease Vectors
CSES/GBCB 5844 - Plant Genomics

 

Infectious and Vector-Borne Diseases:
BIOL4674: PATHOGENIC BACTERIOLOGY
BIOL4664: VIROLOGY
ENT 3254 [BIOL 3254] Medical & Veterinary Entomology
ENT 5324 Genomics of Disease Vectors
ENT 5624 Molecular Virology
BMVS 5624 Molecular Virology
BMVS 5224 (BMES 5024) - Biomedical Engineering and Human Disease
BMVS 5005 (VM 9085) - Emerging Infectious Diseases - fully on-line,
BMVS 5006 (VM 9086) - Emerging Infectious Diseases - fully on-line,
BMVS 5224 (BMES 5024) - Biomedical Engineering and Human Disease
PHS 5984 SS: Principles of Infectious Diseases
PHS 5304: Zoonoses and Infectious Diseases Common to Humans and Animals
PHS 5314: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PHS 5334 SS: Modeling Infectious Diseases
BIOL4704: IMMUNOLOGY
FST 5614 Food Safety and Security
FST 5624 Applied Food Microbiology and Sanitation
FST 5634 Epidemiology of Foodborne and Waterborne Disease
FST4634: EPIDEMIOLOGY FOODBORNE DISEASE
PPWS 5214: Diseases of Crop Plants
PPWS 5454: Plant Disease Physiology and Development
PPWS 6004: Plant Disease Epidemiology

 

Drug Development
NANO 4314: Nanomedicine
BMVS 5324 - General Neurochemistry
NEUR 3044: cellular and molecular neuroscience
CHEM 4554: DRUG CHEMISTRY
BIOL 4554 (ALS 4554): NEUROCHEMICAL REGULATION

 

Bioengineering
BSE 4544: Protein Separation Engineering
BSE 5544: Advanced Protein Separation Engineering
BSE 4604: Food Process Engineering
BSE 5604: Advanced Food Process Engineering
BSE 4644: Biobased Industrial Polymers
BSE 5644: Biobased Industrial Polymersfgenomi
BSE 5114: Physical Properties of Bio Materials
BSE 4504/5504G: Bioprocess Engineering
BSE 5624: Enzyme Engineering
BSE 5614: Advances in Recombinant Protein Production
BMVS 5224 (BMES 5024) - Biomedical Engineering and Human Disease

 

Translational Plant Sciences
PPWS 4504: Fundamentals of Plant Physiology
PPWS 5204: Principles of Plant Disease Management
PPWS 6004: Molecular Weed Science
PPWS 5524 and PPWS 5534: Advanced Plant Physiology and Metabolism I and II
PPWS 5304: Plant Stress Physiology

 

Applied Microbiology
FST3604 (BIOL 3604): Food Microbiology
FST 5604 Advances in Food Microbiology
BIOL4634: Microbial Physiology
BIOL4644: Microbial Molecular Genetics
FST4604 (BIOL 4604): Food Microbiology
FST4644: Fermentation Microbiology
BIOL 4164 (CEE 4164) (CSES 4164) (ENSC 4164): Environmental Microbiology
CEE 5194: Environmental Engineering Microbiology
CEE 5124: Fundamental of Environmental Toxicology
FST4414: Fermentation Process Technology and Instrumentation
FST 5624 Applied Food Microbiology and Sanitation