OSU Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

M.S. Degree Requirements

The Master of Science Degree


Twenty-four credit hours of formal graduate courses are required, including BIOC 5002, 5753, 5824, 5853, and 5930. In addition, a student must present an acceptable research thesis (six hours of BIOC 5000) and pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and related material. A research adviser should be selected by the end of the first semester.
A non-thesis Master of Science degree is also available. It does not require a research thesis, but requires a report and extensive technical training in the laboratory. The non-thesis M.S. degree is not recommended for students wishing to subsequently pursue a Ph.D. degree.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The course requirements are determined with the assistance and approval of the student’s advisory committee. A formal “Plan of Study” must be approved by the advisory committee and submitted to the OSU Graduate College before completing 17 credit hours of graduate study.

M.S. (non-Thesis)
For the non-Thesis M.S. degree, the Graduate School Plan II (Report Option) is followed. This option requires 32 credit hours consisting of 30 credit hours of course work and two credit hours of research. To meet requirements in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, non-Thesis students are required to complete BIOC 5002, 5753, 5824, 5853, 5930 (six credit hours) and 5000 (two credit hours). A grade of B or better must be obtained in each of these M.S.  level courses.  In addition, non-Thesis M.S. students are required to pass with a B or better two advanced (BIOC 6000-level) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses. Students receiving a C or lower in and advanced level course will have the opportunity to take additional advanced BIOC courses to meet the requirement of passing two advanced courses with a B or better. Non-Thesis M.S. students must enroll in two credit hours of BIOC 5000 in their last semester.  Students are expected to enroll once in BIOC 6110

M.S. (Thesis)
For the Thesis M.S. degree, the Graduate School Plan I (with thesis) is followed. The Thesis M.S. degree requires a total of 30 credit hours with 24 credit hours of course work and six credit hours of research. BIOC 5002, 5753, 5824, 5853, and 5930 (two credit hours) must be included in that total and a B or better is required in each of these 5000-level courses.  Thesis M.S. students also are required to complete six credit hours of research (BIOC 5000) with a B or better.  Thesis M.S. students are required to pass with a B or better, two advanced (BIOC 6000-level) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology courses. Students receiving a C or lower in an advanced level courses will have the opportunity to take additional advanced BIOC courses to meet the requirement of passing two advanced courses with a B or better.  Students are expected to enroll once in BIOC 6110.

REQUIRED EXAMINATIONS

M.S. (non-Thesis)
Students electing this program will take BIOC 5824 followed by a series of three laboratory rotations (two credit hours each semester, BIOC 5930) to acquire laboratory skills in basic techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology. In the final semester, they will write a report presenting the theoretical and experimental aspects of the techniques developed in those rotations and present an oral report to the faculty in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in an open seminar (BIOC 6110). Students are expected to register for Research (BIOC 5000 for two credit hours) for this research writing project. The written and oral reports must be approved by the student’s Graduate Committee and an oral exam must be passed.

M.S. (Thesis)
Students entering the Thesis M.S. program must identify a faculty advisor and complete research for a thesis. They must present a final oral defense of their completed master’s research thesis before the advisory committee. The seminar (BIOC 6110) portion of the oral defense will be open to the public and must be announced at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled seminar. Supervisory or examining committee report forms must be filed at the conclusion of the defense with the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department.

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