The Master of Science program in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings or for further graduate study. It is an interdisciplinary program in which a student may concentrate primarily in biotechnology or in 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 emphasis of the MS BTCS degree program is to develop practical laboratory skills and a strong conceptual foundation in the crossover disciplines of chemistry and biology. 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 course-based and includes a one-semester research experience. Students who are prepared for advanced research training may pursue a Master’s thesis under the sponsorship of a department faculty member.
Applicants should consult the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences covered on the Roosevelt University web site. 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.
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 30 of which must be completed at Roosevelt. Students may concentrate their studies in biotechnology or chemical science.
New students must consult with the graduate program director upon being admitted. Each graduate student is required to meet with a graduate advisor at least once each semester to select appropriate courses for the following semester.
All students must complete three semester hours of research by enrolling in Research in Biology (BIOL 492), Research in Chemistry (CHEM 492) (or Research Methods (BIOL 468). It is recommended that BIOL/CHEM 492 be taken for 3 semester hours in a single term, but it may be taken in increments to total 3 semester hours.
Following the initial research experience, qualified students may pursue advanced study toward a Master’s thesis by enrolling in 3-6 additional semester hours of Thesis (BIOL/CHEM 485). These credits are included in the total graduate credit hours.
A student who has completed at least one semester of full-time graduate study (or 9 credit hours) with a grade average of B or higher should consult with members of the department faculty to select a research advisor.
The remaining coursework may be chosen from the appropriate list below or from other scheduled courses, in consultation with a graduate advisor. Other coursework, including select courses at the advanced undergraduate level, may be taken as course-by-arrangement with instructor approval. No more than 10 semester hours of course-by-arrangement will be included in the 36 semester hour minimum.
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