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:

  • One additional elective (excluding research courses) approved in advance
    by the Biochemistry Department Advising Head
  • Three semesters of research (two semesters of BCHM 99 plus one semester 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 100-level biochemistry and biology courses

Application to this program is made to the department and Graduate School. Admission requirements and the Four Year BS/MS Program application form can be found on the GSAS website. The deadline stated on the form is in March. This does not apply to students registering for the B.S./M.S. program. The deadline for students registering for the B.S./M.S. program is May 1st preceding the senior year. All work, including the thesis, must be completed by the time the B.S. is awarded. 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. 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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