MS Curriculum

MS In Biochemistry

Students take a full load of courses, participate in seminars, and engage in moderate research. Students typically enroll in three courses for each of four semesters.

The program can be completed in four semesters. There are two required courses: General Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIOC 407 and 408). Students complete their degrees with elective courses in biochemistry and other subjects, seminars, original research, and a comprehensive exam. For details, please see our listing in the University Bulletin. The program requires 36 credit hours of which at least 12 hours must be letter graded.

Most students participate in original research. Students work with faculty mentors in the Biochemistry program. They can also choose from over 200 faculty mentors at CWRU School of Medicine and our affiliated hospitals. This opportunity is excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue a PhD degree; strong students may be permitted to transfer to our PhD program.

The degree can be completed with either full- or part-time study. Part-time study is convenient for research assistants in CWRU biomedical science laboratories. Please contact us for details.

Experimental Biotechnology Track

The program has a new track in Experimental Biotechnology, which prepares students for employment opportunities in biotechnology, as researchers in academia or the biotechnology industry. This sequence of lecture and laboratory courses covers techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology and laboratory skills that are important in biotechnology.

We provide students with hands-on experience at the bench in recombinant protein production, mammalian cell culture, molecular and cell biology, and mass spectrometry. We also cover experimental design and documentation of experiments, and professional skills and knowledge.

The track requires four courses (BIOC 500, 501, 502, and 511) in addition to BIOC 407 and 408. BIOC 500-502 form a sequence that introduces common techniques used in biochemistry labs and gives students hands-on experience and training in structured teaching labs. BIOC 511 covers issues of practice in academic and industrial labs. These courses may be taken in the first or second years.

The completion of the track is recorded on the student's transcript