The Master of Science program in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including the food science, cosmetics, biopharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, or for further research and graduate study. It is an interdisciplinary program in which a student may concentrate in biotechnology, biotechnology management, or chemical science. The program is appropriate for students holding a baccalaureate degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related sciences, or for those who have taken the prerequisite undergraduate courses. Applicants who are preparing for medical, dental or veterinary schools are encouraged to apply for the MA in Biomedical Science or the MS in Biology at Roosevelt University.
The objectives of the MS BTCS degree program are to provide practical laboratory skills and a strong conceptual foundation in the crossover disciplines of chemistry and biology, and to prepare students for the application of these skills in the workplace. Students in the program receive:
Course work for this program is regularly offered during evening hours and on Saturdays, affording an opportunity to those employed full-time to extend their professional training. The program is primarily course-based but students who are interested in research opportunities may pursue a master’s thesis under the sponsorship of faculty members in the department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences. Co-sponsorship arrangements with faculty of the College of Pharmacy are also available to students at the Schaumburg campus.
Applicants should consult the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences covered on the Roosevelt University web site. Other admissions requirements for international applicants are defined by the Office of International Programs. Graduate faculty members will evaluate each applicant’s individual record of academic achievement, professional experience and self-assessment. Weakness in one or a few areas of preparation will not preclude a positive admission decision.
New students must consult with the graduate program director upon admission to the graduate program. Each graduate student is required to meet with a graduate advisor at least once each semester to select appropriate courses for the following semester. Students who have completed at least one semester of graduate study (or 6 semester hours), or who have a strong background and interest in research careers, should consult with their advisor to discuss research and independent study opportunities.
Applicants to the MS BTCS program must hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and must have completed the academic requirements described below.
Students lacking these prerequisites may be admitted provisionally until they have been completed satisfactorily (grade of B- or better). None of the prerequisite courses may be used toward fulfilling the requirements for the master's degree.
The MS in Biotechnology and Chemical Science requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, at least 27 of which must be completed at Roosevelt University. Students may choose concentrations in Biotechnology, Biotechnology Management, or Chemical Science.
See below for recommended courses in each concentration.
Interdisciplinary and required coursework
Research and independent study opportunities
All students in the Biotechnology and Chemical Science concentrations must complete three semester hours of research training by enrolling in either Research in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry under the sponsorship of a faculty member (BIOL/BCHM/CHEM 492) or in the scheduled Research Methods course (BIOL 468). It is recommended that BIOL/BCHM/CHEM 492 be taken for 3 semester hours in a single term, but it may be taken in increments to total 3 semester hours.
Qualified students may pursue advanced study toward a master’s thesis by enrolling in 3 to 6 additional semester hours of Thesis (BIOL/BCHM/CHEM 485).
Independent study in literature research and course by arrangement options are also available to all students. These options are included in the total graduate semester hours but do not substitute for research requirements. No more than 10 total semester hours may result from independent study or research, unless approved by the graduate program director.
The remaining coursework may be chosen from the appropriate list below or from other scheduled courses in Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry at the 400-level. Select cross-listed courses at the advanced undergraduate level may be taken with instructor and advisor approval. No more than 10 semester hours of cross-listed coursework will be included in the 36 semester hour minimum.
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