Master of Science (M.S.) in Life Sciences

Department of Biochemistry

Rationale: To provide graduate training options to students who are exploring non-academic careers related to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and students who have yet to commit to a PhD program. Students may either integrate graduate level biochemical and molecular training with existing strengths within the Department of Biochemistry and the graduate experience can be tailored to student career goals with diverse options of experiential learning in research, teaching, and industry.

Information from CALS: The Master of Science in Life Sciences merges the efforts of the departments of Biochemistry, Entomology, Food Science and Technology, and Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, and Weed Science. Students in basic and applied disciplines in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences share common experiences that prepare them for careers in which interdisciplinary interactions become increasingly valued. At the same time, discipline-specific education and research experience, which characterizes the M.S. in Life Sciences program in each department, prepares students for unique positions and career development. For graduation, students must complete a minimum of 20 graded credit hours and 30 total credit hours.

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).

24 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)c; BCHM 5014 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry (3 credits)c; BCHM 4124 Laboratory Problems in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (6 credits)d; BCHM 5974, Independent Study (3 credits)e.

BCHM 5014 Protein Biochemistry (3 credits)c; BCHM 5014 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry (3 credits)c; BCHM 4124

Laboratory Problems in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (6 credits)d; BCHM 5974, Independent Study (3 credits)e.

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.       These are rotation courses, which can be used as experiential learning courses. For the purpose of this program, these courses could be taken with the selected PI or any faculty willing to participate. One of the rotation courses could also be used for research development.

d.      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.

e.       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 tracks and elective courses
The students will be encouraged to expand the scope of their training by taking qualified undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas that rely on the application of biochemistry knowledge.  Following are examples of such tracks and respective courses. The students would seek guidance and approval for such engagements from the advisor and advisory committee.

 

Bioinformatics, Computational Biochemistry, Systems Biology, Metabolic Engineering, and Synthetic Biology
CS/GBCB 5045-5046: Computation for the Life Sciences I and II
PPWS/GBCB 5314: Biological Paradigms for Bioinformatics
BCHM 5024: Computational Biochemistry for Bioinformatics
MATH/GBCB 5415, 5416: Continuous Models in Biological Applications
CS5424: Computational Cell Biology
CS5854: Computational Systems Biology
BIOL 4824 Bioinformatics Methods
BSE 3154: Thermodynamics of Biological Systems
BSE 3504: Transport Processes in Biological Systems
BSE 4564: Metabolic Engineering
BSE 5964: Advanced Metabolic Engineering

Drug Development
CHEM 4554: Drug Chemistry
CHEM 6504: Chemistry of Natural Products
NANO 4314: Nanomedicine

Neuroscience
NEUR 3044: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
BIOL 4554 (ALS 4554): Neurochemical regulation
NEUR 4034: Diseases of the Nervous System
BMVS 5324: General Neurochemistry

Microbiology, Infectious and Vector-Borne Diseases
BIOL 4624: Microbial Genetics
BIOL 4634: Microbial Physiology
BIOL 3454: Introductory Parasitology
BIOL 4164: Environmental Microbiology
BIOL 4674: Pathogenic Bacteriology
BIOL 4704 Immunology
BIOL 4664: Virology
BIOL 4734: Inflammation Biology
BIOL 4804: Prokaryotic Diversity
BIOL 4724: Pathogenic Bacteriology Laboratory
BIOL 4644: Microbial Genetics & Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 4714: Immunology Laboratory
PPWS 4114: Microbial Forensics and Biosecurity
CEE 5194: Environmental Engineering Microbiology
CEE 5124: Fundamental of Environmental Toxicology
ENT 3254 (BIOL 3254): Medical & Veterinary Entomology
ENT 5324: Genomics of Disease Vectors
ENT 5624(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,
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
ENT 5324: Genomics of Disease Vectors
ENT 6004 Insect Behavior and Ecology
ENT 6004: Advanced Topics in Entomology
ENT 6154: Insect Physiology

Food, Fermentation and Industrial Microbiology
FST4405,4406: Food Processing
FST 4414: Fermentation Process Technology and Instrumentation
FST4504: Food Chemistry
FST 4524:  Food Quality Assurance
FST4604 (BIOL 4604): Food Microbiology
FST4634: Epidemiology foodborne diseases
FST 4644: Fermentation Microbiology
FST 5614: Food Safety and Security
FST 5624: Applied Food Microbiology and Sanitation
FST 5634: Epidemiology of Foodborne and Waterborne Disease
FST 5664: Flavor Chemistry
BSE 5504: Advanced Bioprocess Engineering
BSE 5544: Advanced Protein Separation Engineering
BSE 5604: Advanced Food Process Engineering
BSE 5614: Advances in Protein Production and Engineering
BSE 5644: Biobased Industrial Polymers
BSE 4604: Food Process Engineering

Plant Biochemistry
PPWS 4504: Fundamentals of Plant Physiology
PPWS 5204: Principles of Plant Disease Management
PPWS 5214:Diseases of Crop Plants
PPWS 6004: Plant Disease Epidemiology
PPWS 6004: Molecular Weed Science
PPWS 5454: Plant Disease Physiology and Development
PPWS 5524 and PPWS 5534: Advanced Plant Physiology and Metabolism I and II
PPWS 5304: Plant Stress Physiology

Nutrition
HNFE 5144: Molecular Aspects of Nutrition and Disease
HNFE 5204: Translational Science in HNFE
HNFE 5724:  Epidemiology