Master of Science Biochemistry

Graduate degrees in biochemistry are 31-hour programs that enhance your understanding of biochemistry to pursue a professional career or doctoral studies.

Ready for Anything

The degrees sharpen your research skills as you study advanced biochemistry concepts. Though focused on biochemistry, you can take several courses outside the department to round out the degree. Research and coursework continues through summers while you’re enrolled.

You can earn your degree three ways at Bradley. If you want to pursue a research-based thesis option, you can earn a M.S. If you want a coursework-focused degree, you can earn a M.A. Both degrees are available as traditional two-year programs or as five-year integrated degrees (WHAT’S OUR OFFICIAL NAME FOR IT). If you’re interested in the accelerated degree, you apply as a junior and begin graduate courses as a senior.

Making your Mark

Graduate biochemistry degrees are valuable for scientists, doctors and researchers. In recent years, graduates found work at places such as Eli Lilly and Co., U.S. Department of Agriculture, CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Exelon Energy. (THESE ARE THE SAME JOBS AS THE ADMISSIONS DESCRIPTION. SHOULD DIFFERENT ONES BE LISTED HERE?)

Graduate Program Requirements

Required Courses - 28-29 hrs.

  • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs
    or CHM 536: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 524: Fundamentals of Separation Science - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 562: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 566: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 570: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 680: Literature Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 682: Thesis Research Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 697: Research - 10 total hrs.
  • CHM 699: Thesis - 1 hr.

Elective Courses - ? hrs.

  • Biochemistry
    • CHM 564: Biochemical Literature - 1-2 hrs.
    • CHM 568: Topics in Biochemistry - 1-3 hrs.
    • BIO 509: Human Genetics - 3 hrs.
    • BIO 564: Advanced Molecular Biology - 3 hrs.
    • BIO 568: Cell and Molecular Immunology - 3-4 hrs.
  • Chemistry
    • CHM 500: Chemical Topics - 1-3 hrs.
    • CHM 512: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
    • CHM 514: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
    • CHM 516: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
    • CHM 526: Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 528: Topics in Analytical Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
    • CHM 532: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 536: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 537: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
    • CHM 538: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
    • CHM 540: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 541: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
    • CHM 548: Topics in Materials Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
    • CHM 550: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
    • CHM 552: Physical Organic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 554: Organic Spectroscopy - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 555: Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory - 1 hr.
    • CHM 558: Topics in Organic Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
    • CHM 571: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
    • CHM 576: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 577: Physical Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
    • CHM 578: Topics in Physical Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.
    • CHM 584: Readings in Chemistry - 1-3 hrs.

Note: No less than half of elective credits come from the biochemistry list. A maximum of six graduate credit hours from cognate fields may be applied. Cognate courses must be approved, prior to enrollment, by the thesis advisor, department chair, and graduate coordinator.