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Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Olin Hall 201
(309) 677-3030

Master of Science Biochemistry

Program Overview

The biochemistry M.S. program is ideal for chemistry and biology majors who wish to advance their knowledge and professional careers by taking advanced work in biochemistry and related disciplines. In addition to challenging coursework, our program emphasizes a long-term mentored research project culminating in a written thesis and oral thesis defense. The program is designed to cultivate excellent laboratory skills, effective communication and students’ capacity for critical thought. We have a full faculty complement that includes two bona fide biochemists, as well as several others whose research has biochemical relevance. We have top-notch facilities and instrumentation for infrared, fluorescence, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electrophoresis; centrifugation; PCR; electroporation; microscopy; thermal analysis; atomic absorption spectroscopy; liquid and gas chromatography; and mass spectrometry.

Program Requirements

Candidates for the M.S. degree must take a minimum of 31 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry and related subjects. Of these hours, 8 semester hours must be devoted to original research. A publishable thesis, based on this research, is required for graduation. Individual programs of study are developed in conference between the student, the thesis advisor, and the graduate coordinator.

Faculty Research Interests

Details about individual faculty and their interests can be found in Faculty & Staff menu.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, the applicant shall have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field and have completed one year each of college level calculus and physics. The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last sixty hours of undergraduate course work, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate chemistry courses, and a C or better in each of the following courses and their accompanying labs: general chemistry, organic chemistry (two semesters), analytical chemistry (one semester), and biochemistry (one semester). Students lacking any of these courses may be admitted to the program conditionally, with full acceptance being granted after all undergraduate prerequisites are completed; undergraduate courses will not apply to the 31 semester hours required for the M.S. degree.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably complete the program in two to three years. Part-time students may take up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Department Contact Information:

Graduate Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Ed Remsen, (309) 677-3030,

Department Chair: 
Dr. Brad Andersh, (309) 677-3030, 

Department Secretary: 
Sherry Crane, (309) 677-3030,