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Chemistry and biochemistry faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally for both stellar teaching and research. Students and faculty actively conduct cutting-edge research funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. DoD, and the National Institutes of Health. The department is also home to the nationally-recognized Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center.

Students will gain a specialized body of knowledge that furthers their academic development, proficiency in laboratory techniques, and professional growth.

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If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Chang Ji
Chemistry (CHEM), Room 315

“The chemistry and biochemistry graduate program builds confident scientists by creating an environment where students feel challenged, motivated and supported. The experiences the students have in the research laboratories allow them to strengthen their skills and abilities, ultimately preparing them for a successful future.”

— Karolyn Barker, M.S. ’16, Chemistry

Course Work

The master of science (M.S.) degree in biochemistry is a research degree that normally requires two years of full-time course work and research to complete. The degree requirements include 30 hours composed of 21 hours of lecture course work, three hours of departmental seminar, and six hours of thesis research support courses. The M.S. in biochemistry degree includes courses in enzymology, physical biochemistry, molecular biology, and elective courses.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 30 Thesis No minor
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Current students are recognized at international, national and regional levels through scholarships and research competitions. Graduates have been very successful in pursuing professional careers in medicine, pharmacy or doctoral education.

Program Mission

The programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry cultivate students’ ability to:

  • perform both qualitative and quantitative laboratory procedures
  • synthesize, purify, and/or characterize a variety of chemical/biochemical compounds
  • search the scientific literature and accurately cite published information
  • accurately and thoroughly describe experimental procedures
  • critically evaluate and report experimental results
  • interpret and solve problems in chemistry and biochemistry

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Program Faculty

As teacher-scholars equally devoted to both roles, department faculty are committed to maintaining and improving the quality of student instruction and have established a research program that emphasizes student involvement. Faculty also focus on grant support and publications and have fostered a service component that benefits the department, college, university, profession, and community at large. Fields of research include: analytical, inorganic, organic, polymer, and physical chemistry and chemical education, as well as protein biochemistry, biomaterials, molecular biology, and biophysics.

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Career Options

Upon graduation, students will be prepared for a variety of career paths, including positions in the following:

  • environmental scientist
  • toxicologist
  • forensic scientist
  • science education
  • pharmaceutical sales representative
  • research assistant
  • industrial chemist
  • biomedical technician
  • analytical chemist
  • material scientists/technicians

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard April 1 April 1
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

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Effective Fall 2021 and Beyond

  • GRE not required


  • statement of purpose discussing your career goals and undergraduate experiences
  • two letters of recommendation regarding your academic potential and undergraduate research experience

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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