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Master of Biology with Biochemistry Specialization


Studying the complex chemistry of life is a vital part of developing new drugs and treatment options. Students learn to analyze complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction and growth. Students will emerge from IIT with thorough knowledge of how molecular-level phenomena shape the ways that entire organisms function and interact with one another.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

The program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework as follows.

BIOL 401 Introductory Biochemistry and BIOL 402 Metabolic Biochemistry or BIOL 504 Biochemistry Lectures
BIOL 512 Advanced Biochemistry
BIOL 445 Cell Biology or BIOL 544 Molecular Biology of Cells
BIOL 515 Molecular Biology

Required Professional Courses

CHEM 513 Statistics for Analytical Chemists
COM 421 Technical Communication or COM 523 Communicating Sciences or SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists
SCI 511 Project Management or BIOL 524 Sci & Law: Intro IP Law/Patent or INTM 511 Industrial Leadership

Elective Courses

plus 6-9 credit hours of approved electives listed below:

BIOL 410 Medical Microbiology
BIOL 426 Cancer Biology
BIOL 430 Animal Physiology
BIOL 503 Virology
BIOL 514 Toxicology
BIOL 519 Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 520 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 526 Developmental Biology
BIOL 527 Immunology and Immunochemistry
BIOL 533 Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 539 Advanced Cell Biology Laboratory
BIOL 542 Advanced Microbiology
BIOL 545 Advanced Cell Biology
BIOL 550 Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
BIOL 562 Functional Genomics