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2017-2018 Catalog

Biochemistry, M.S.


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Major Code: 8032 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: GRE recommended

An applicant for admission to the master’s program in biochemistry should have an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, chemistry or in a related area. Typically, a minimum of eight semester courses should have been taken in four of the five major fields of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical, inorganic and biochemistry (required); as well as appropriate courses in mathematics and physics. Applicants may be admitted on a provisional basis with the requirement that undergraduate deficiencies be corrected during the first year of study. Proficiency examinations are administered to all new students the week before the beginning of classes as an aid in planning each program of study.

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview  section. GRE scores from both the general and subject tests in chemistry are recommended but not required. All admitted students are enrolled in the nonthesis option by default. See below for information about transferring to the thesis option.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biochemistry is based on successful completion of either a thesis option requiring a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours following an approved program plan, a research proposal, thesis and oral examination in defense of the thesis; or a nonthesis option requiring 30 graduate credit hours following an approved program plan that includes the 3-credit hour CHM 5095 Chemical Research Projects , and a final program examination. Students will be placed in the nonthesis option by default.

Thesis Option (department head approval required)

A thesis based on research conducted in residence at Florida Tech under the direction of a member of the chemistry department graduate faculty is required. During the first academic semester, the student selects a faculty member to serve as research advisor. During the same semester and with the assistance of the advisor, the student selects an advisory committee, prepares a program plan and defines a research topic. The student then progressively continues through the stages of research proposal, research, thesis and oral examination. Throughout this period, the advisory committee provides assistance and direction to the student and serves as the review board for the research proposal, thesis and oral examination.

Nonthesis Option (default option)

The nonthesis option requires advisor guidance in selection of six credit hours of coursework relevant to the student’s area of interest, and CHM 5095 Chemical Research Projects  in lieu of the thesis. Research will be primarily literature-based and includes successful completion of a final program examination.

Curriculum

Each student follows an individual program plan. The program plan must have a minimum of 30 credit hours including two of four core chemistry courses, five additional chemistry/biology courses, and nine credit hours of thesis for the thesis option or six credit hours of relevant coursework and CHM 5095  for the nonthesis option. Students in either option must register for CHM 5900 Chemistry Graduate Seminar  each semester offered. All courses selected for inclusion on the program plan are subject to approval by the department head.

The thesis option requires successful completion of 21 semester credit hours and the nonthesis option requires successful completion of 27 semester credit hours from the following course lists. At least six semester credit hours must be taken from the core course list.

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