The Undergraduate Concentration in Biochemistry

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Combined B.S./M.S. Program

In addition to all courses required for the Bachelor of Science degree, the B.S./M.S. degree requires completion of the following:

  • BCHM102a (Quantitative Approaches to Biochemical Systems)
  • One additional elective (excluding research courses) approved in advance by the Biochemistry Department Undergraduate Advising Head. Instructions on how to receive approval can be found here.
  • Four research courses (consisting of one or two semesters of BCHM 99 plus two or three semesters of BCHM 150)
  • A full-time (i.e., no concurrent coursework) summer research residency lasting at least 10 weeks
  • Submission of an acceptable thesis
  • A GPA of 3.00 or better in the sciences and mathematics
  • Grades of B- or better in all courses used for the major

This program requires completion of 38 courses and the total credits required for the B.S./M.S. degree is 152 (a minimum of 30 credits must be at the graduate level and applicable to the master's program); no more than 24 credits of research (BCHM 99 or BCHM 150) can count toward this total (note that no more than one research course (BCHM 99a, 99b, 150a, or 150b) may be taken in a given semester). BCHM 102a and BCHM 150 courses can be used to fulfill this 30 credit requirement.

Application to this program is made to the department no later than the last day of course registration in the first semester of the Junior year. In the 2019-2020 academic year, this deadline will be Wednesday, September 11th.

All work for the Master's degree, including the thesis, must be completed by the time the B.S. is awarded. Interested students should fill out an application (with research advisor approval) and return the completed application to the current Biochemistry UAH for consideration. Applications accepted and approved by the UAH must then be taken to the biochemistry office. To qualify for the B.S./M.S. degree, the thesis must constitute a significant research contribution, if a thesis is found unacceptable under B.S./M.S. program, it will automatically be considered under the Honors program. The B.S./M.S. thesis must be deposited electronically to the Robert D. Farber University Archives at Brandeis. In order to complete the Honors Program or the combined B.S./M.S. Program, it is advisable to gain exemption where possible from introductory courses in science and mathematics. This is especially important for the premedical students who must also fulfill the requirements imposed by medical schools.

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