Biochemistry, MS, PhD - Curriculum & Duration

Prerequisites

  • Analytical chemistry, 1 semester
  • Biochemistry, 2 semesters
  • Biochemistry laboratory, 1 semester
  • Calculus, 2 semesters
  • Cell biology or advanced biochemistry, 1 semester
  • English composition, 1 semester
  • Genetics, 1 semester
  • Literature of chemistry, 1 semester
  • Organic chemistry with laboratory, 2 semesters
  • Physical chemistry, 1 semester

MS Non-Thesis Track

You may elect to obtain a "non thesis" MS degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry. This option typically requires a program consisting primarily of coursework, as opposed to the research activities that form the foundation of the MS-thesis and PhD degrees previously discussed. In addition to coursework, the non-thesis option also requires a capstone library project in place of the thesis, which must be defended before the graduate faculty of the Department.

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH728 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
CH802 Research Seminar 2 credits
CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature 1 credit
CH880 Current Literature 2 credits
BS763
CH727
Cell Biology Methods OR Physical Biochemistry 3 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)1 15 credits
  Additional 300-level or above courses (must be approved by advisor) 6 credits
  Total Non-thesis Requirement 32 credits

MS (Thesis) Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH728 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
CH799 Research (variable credits, minimum of 13) 13 credits
CH802 Research Seminar 2 credits
CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature 1 credit
CH878 Introduction to Research 2 credits
CH880 Current Literature 2 credits
BS763
CH727
Cell Biology Methods OR Physical Biochemistry 3 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)1 6 credits
  Total Thesis Requirement 32 credits

PhD Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
CH728 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
CH802 Research Seminar 2 credits
CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature 1 credit
CH878 Introduction to Research 2 credits
CH880 Current Literature 2 credits
CH885 Grant Proposal Writing 1 credit
CH899 Doctoral Research (variable credits, minimum of 20) 20 credits
BS763
CH727
Cell Biology Methods OR Physical Biochemistry 3 credits
  Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)1 7 credits
  Total PhD Requirement 41 credits

1 At least one chemistry or biology lecture course must be at the 800 level, and CH 802 – Research Seminar may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Selection of a Research Advisor

Upon entering the graduate program, all students register for research rotations with two potential advisors. Upon completion of the rotation series, a student is eligible to select an advisor (the advisor usually is, but need not be, one of the rotation advisors). Descriptions of faculty and their research interests are found online in the Faculty & Directory. These descriptions will help you select a potential research advisors.

Once the advisor is selected, an Advisory Committee is formed, typically consisting of three or four faculty members with appropriate expertise, and is designed to assist the student in their research endeavors. With the aid of the research advisor and the Advisory Committee, you will write a one or two page research prospectus, outlining the proposed research program, which must be approved before you can begin the thesis research.

Thesis Dissertation and Final Defense

Upon completion of the research project that is necessary for the MS (thesis) and PhD degrees, you must write a thesis describing your research accomplishments, and successfully defend that thesis at a final oral examination before the members of the Advisory Committee.

Contact:

Program Director
James R. McKee, PhD 

Address:

Office Location: Robert McNeil Graduate Study and Research Center Room 201
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8847

Email:

j.mckee@usciences.edu