Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (MS)

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Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BIOCMS)
Unit: School of Medicine (GM)
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/medschool/biochemistry/

Program Information

The Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics program is a two-to-three-year course of study designed for students interested in:

  • A terminal master's degree leading to jobs that do not require extensive research experience or credentials, e.g. pharmaceutical representatives, medical insurance providers, scientific writing;
  • Preparation for professional school, e.g., medical or legal;
  • Combined programs to form a hybrid or dual science/business or science/public health degrees, such as an MS/MBA or MS/MPH programs; and/or
  • Gaining practical training in laboratory technique and analysis as the basis for a career in biotechnology or academic research.

As teachers and scientists, the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics subscribe to the following missions:

  • Provide up-to-date and high-quality classroom and laboratory instruction in the discipline of biochemistry and molecular biology to students at the University.
  • Conduct and publish research or other scholarship in areas that advance knowledge within the discipline, contribute to improving the human condition, and contribute to teaching.
  • Train students and post-doctoral fellows in biochemical research.

Admission Requirements

All applications must be submitted online (louisville.edu/graduate/apply).

Only complete applications will be reviewed. A complete application must have all the following:

  • Transcripts of all course work.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores.
  • At least two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty in biology and/or chemistry.
  • A personal statement of interest.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Executive Committee of the Department. We use a holistic review process and use the GPA, GRE scores, and experience to select applicants we feel will be successful in our program.

Final decisions for admissions will be made in April-May of each year.

Program Requirements

Program Core14
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Biochemistry Seminar (1 credit)
Responsible Conduct of Research: Survival Skills and Research Ethics (1 credit)
Students complete one of the following options:16
MS Thesis Option
Electives (6 credits)
Ten (10) credits from the following:
Research
Biochemistry Laboratory
MS Non-Thesis Option: Laboratory-Based
Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry Laboratory (12 credits)
MS Non-Thesis Option: Course-Based
Two from the following:
Biomolecular Interactions
Cancer Biology
Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicology
Electives (inside or outside BIOC), 8+ credits 1
Minimum Total Hours30

Thesis/Final Paper

Thesis 
A MS research thesis is required for the thesis option. Students, with the consent of their committee, may choose between a traditional research thesis format or a thesis in which the methods and results sections are replaced by manuscripts ready for submission for publication in a refereed journal.

In either case, the thesis must conform to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies' Standards for Preparation of Theses and Dissertations

Paper
A paper based on literature research or laboratory research (rotation research) is required for the non-thesis, lab option. The topic will be approved by the DGS and the paper evaluated by two faculty. 

A paper based on literature research is required for the non-thesis, coursework option. The topic will be approved by the DGS and the paper evaluated by two faculty. 


Schedule of Course Offerings

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
BIOC 645 Advanced Biochemistry I (Required) 4
BIOC 611 Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Elective) 4
BIOC 668 Molecular Biology and Genetics (Required) 4
BIOC 680 Biomolecular Interactions (Elective) 2
BIOC 606 Biochemistry Seminar (Required) 1
BIOC 603 Special Topics in Biochemistry (Elective) 1-4
BIOC 613 Biochemistry Laboratory (Required for lab-based option) 2-4
BIOC 619 Research (Required for thesis-based option) 1-9
 Hours19
Spring
BIOC 647 Advanced Biochemistry II (Required) 4
BIOC 667 Cell Biology (Elective) 3
BIOC 675 Cancer Biology (Elective) 4
BIOC 661 Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicology (Elective) 3
BIOC 630 Responsible Conduct of Research: Survival Skills and Research Ethics (Required) 1
BIOC 606 Biochemistry Seminar 1
BIOC 603 Special Topics in Biochemistry (Elective) 1
BIOC 603 Special Topics in Biochemistry (Elective) 1-4
BIOC 613 Biochemistry Laboratory (Required for lab-based option) 2-4
BIOC 619 Research (Required for thesis-based option) 1-9
 Hours21
 Minimum Total Hours40