The Master of Science in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including the food science, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, or for academic research and graduate study. 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. Chemical Science is one of three concentrations within the program.
The chemical science concentration within the MS in Biotechnology and Chemical Sciences incorporates the complementary disciplines of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, all within the same integrated department. In this 36-credit-hour program, students will have access to high-quality courses, faculty and lab facilities as they gain advanced training in the field of chemistry.
The program prepares students for further study toward a doctoral degree and for employment in industrial and academic laboratories in the Chicago area and worldwide.
The objectives of the biotechnology and chemical science master's degree program are to provide practical laboratory skills and a strong conceptual foundation, as well as to prepare students for the application of these skills in the workplace. Students in the program receive:
Career options include: PhD programs and academic research in chemistry-related science fields; employment in research and technical positions in local/regional pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food science companies; college/university science teaching; regulatory science and compliance.
Natural Science Club, American Chemical Society, Internships
My master’s degree from Roosevelt included training on chemistry lab techniques including HPLC, GC-MS, FT-IR and NMR, and helped me develop knowledge that applies directly to current industry practice. Overall, it’s been a very pleasant experience.