Biotechnology and Chemical Science, MS


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:

  • Theoretical and practical training through a rigorous, flexible and broad-based graduate curriculum.
  • Direct experience with laboratory techniques and research methods used in the commercial and academic research settings.
  • Advising and mentoring from experienced faculty.
  • Academic, volunteer, research and/or internship opportunities that enhance students’ skills and prepare them to advance in their chosen field.

Coursework 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.

Application materials

  • Graduate Application: Application to the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University.
  • Official Transcript(s): Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Expanded Resume: Students should provide a detailed account of their academic and extracurricular experiences. Discuss any employment, teaching, leadership and research experiences along with a brief description of what was learned from each experience.
  • Personal Statement: The brief (one-page) personal statement conveys the student's motivation for his/her chosen career. If the student has a personal statement from a central admissions service, they may submit this statement.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation appropriate for a professional school application.
  • Official GRE, MCAT, PCAT or DAT Score (recommended): Official score in one of the graduate admissions tests that is no more than three years old.


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.

Prerequisite coursework

  • All Students: One year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, and one year of physics.
  • Biotechnology concentration: Introductory cellular and molecular biology.
  • Chemical science concentration: Mathematics through integral calculus, physics with calculus, quantitative chemistry.

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.

Graduate transfer credit toward the degree must be approved by the faculty in each concentration and is limited to six semester hours.


Program Requirements

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.

Interdisciplinary coursework

  • Biotechnology: Students must complete at least 8 semester hours in chemical science. A maximum of 6 semester hours or two courses in biochemistry will be accepted toward this requirement.
  • Chemical science: Students must complete at least 8 semester hours in biological science. A maximum of 6 semester hours or two courses in biochemistry will be accepted toward this requirement.

Research opportunities

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.

Recommended courses

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.

Biotechnology concentration

  • BCHM 454 Experimental Methods in Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2
  • BCHM 457 Advanced Biochemistry 3
  • BIOL 449 Introduction to Bionanotechnology 3
  • BIOL 451 Advanced Genetics 5
  • BIOL 453 Molecular Biology 5
  • BIOL 458 Cell Biology 5
  • BIOL 461 Information Technology for the Sciences 3
  • BIOL 463 Introduction to Genome Analysis .....3
  • BIOL 467 Immunology 5
  • BIOL 468 Research Methods 3
  • BIOL 480 Applications of Biotechnology 3
  • BIOL 492 Research in Biology 3

Chemical Science concentration

  • BCHM 454 Experimental Methods in Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2
  • BCHM 457 Advanced Biochemistry 3
  • CHEM 413 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory 5
  • CHEM 418 Synthetic Organic Chemistry 3
  • CHEM 419 Organometallic Chemistry 3
  • CHEM 423 Physical Chemistry – Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy 3-5
  • CHEM 437 Instrumental Analysis 5
  • CHEM 444 Bioinorganic Chemistry 3
  • CHEM 447 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 5
  • CHEM 473 Environmental Chemistry 3
  • CHEM 481 Polymer Chemistry 3
  • CHEM 492 Research in Chemistry 3
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