Biotechnology and Chemical Science, MS

Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg

The Master of Science degree in Biotechnology and Chemical Science (BTCS) prepares students for work in a variety of professional settings, including the food science, cosmetics, biopharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, or for academic research and graduate study. It is an interdisciplinary program in which a student may concentrate in biotechnology, biotechnology management, biopharmaceutical technology or 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 objectives of the MS BTCS degree program are to provide practical laboratory skills and a strong conceptual foundation in the many overlapping disciplines that comprise biotechnology, and to prepare students for the application of these skills in the workplace. Students in the program receive:

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

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 primarily course-based, though research opportunities are available under the sponsorship of university faculty. A research thesis (with co-sponsorship by College of Pharmacy faculty) is an integral and required component of the Biopharmaceutical Technology concentration, and is optional for students in the Biotechnology and Chemical Science concentrations. 

Admission

Applicants should consult the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences covered on the university web site. Other admissions requirements for international applicants are defined by the Office of International Programs. 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 & Sciences at Roosevelt University.
  • Official transcript(s): Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Resume/Curriculum vitae: Students should provide a detailed account of their academic and extracurricular experiences. Include employment, teaching, leadership and research experiences as appropriate.
  • Personal statement: This 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. Referees may include professors, academic advisors, employment supervisors, or others familiar with the students' preparation for graduate study.
  • Official GRE score (recommended): Official score in the Graduate Record Exam or another of the graduate admissions tests that is no more than three years old.

Prerequisites

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.

  • All students: General Chemistry (2 semesters), Organic Chemistry (2 semesters), Physics (2 semesters)
  • Biotechnology concentration : Introductory Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 301 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY or equivalent)
  • Biotechnology Management concentration : Introductory Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 301 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY or equivalent), Statistics (business statistics or biostatistics), Calculus (1 or 2 semesters, including business calculus or calculus for health sciences).
  • Biopharmaceutical Technology concentration : Introductory Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 301 CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY or equivalent), Biochemistry (BCHM 355 BIOCHEMISTRY or equivalent), Calculus (2 semesters).
  • Chemical Science concentration: Calculus (2 semesters), Physics with Calculus, Quantitative Chemistry (CHEM 237 QUANTITATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS or equivalent)

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 graduate program director and is limited to nine credit hours.

Advising

New students must meet with the graduate program director upon admission to the graduate program. Each graduate student is required to meet with a graduate advisor at least once each semester to select courses and update their academic plan. Students in the Biopharmaceutical Technology concentration and others who have an interest in independent research should consult with their advisors during the first semester to discuss research and thesis opportunities.

Requirements

The MS in Biotechnology and Chemical Science requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, at least 27 of which must be completed at Roosevelt University. Students may choose concentrations in Biotechnology, Biotechnology Management, Biopharmaceutical Technology or Chemical Science.

Interdisciplinary and Required Coursework

  • Biotechnology: At least 20 credit hours in biology (BIOL) and eight credit hours in chemical science (CHEM). A maximum of 6 credit hours or two courses in biochemistry (BCHM) will be accepted toward this requirement. BIOL 480 APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY, BIOL 482 BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY PRACTICE and research experience are required.
  • Biotechnology Management: Specific requirements in natural science, industry practice and management are described in the concentration course listing below. Contact the graduate program director for up-to-date course availability for this concentration.
  • Biopharmaceutical Technology: Specific requirements in biology, biochemistry and pharmaceutical science are described in the concentration course listing below. A research thesis is required. Contact the graduate program director for up-to-date course availability for this concentration.
  • Chemical Science: At least 20 credit hours in chemical science (CHEM) and eight credit hours in biological science (BIOL). A maximum of 6 credit hours or two courses in biochemistry (BCHM) will be accepted toward this requirement. CHEM 493 CHEMISTRY SEMINAR and research experience are required.

Research and Independent Study Opportunities

All students in the Biotechnology and Chemical Science degree program must complete three credit hours of research training by enrolling in either Research in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry under the sponsorship of a faculty member (BIOL 492 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY/BCHM 492 RESEARCH IN BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEM 492 RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY) or in the scheduled Research Methods course (BIOL 468 RESEARCH METHODS). It is recommended that BIOL 492 RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY/BCHM 492 RESEARCH IN BIOCHEMISTRY/CHEM 492 RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY be taken for 3 credit hours in a single term, but it may be taken in increments to total 3 credit hours.

A research thesis is an integral and required component of the Biopharmaceutical Technology concentration, and is optional for students in the Biotechnology and Chemical Science concentrations. In addition to the independent research courses listed above, thesis candidates will register for up to 6 additional credit hours of research credit (BIOL 485 THESIS/BCHM 485 THESIS/CHEM 485 THESIS).

Independent study in literature research (BIOL 495 INDEPENDENT STUDY/CHEM 495 INDEPENDENT STUDY) and course by arrangement options are also available to all students. These options are included in the total graduate credit hours but do not substitute for research requirements. No more than 12 total credit hours may result from independent study and research, unless approved by the graduate program director.

Recommended Courses

Coursework may be chosen from the appropriate list below or from other scheduled courses in BIOL, CHEM or BCHM at the 400-level, following consultation with an academic advisor.

Biotechnology Concentration

Core Industry6
APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY PRACTICE
Core Research3
RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY
RESEARCH METHODS
Electives
Biology (at least 11 credits required)
INTRODUCTION TO BIONANOTECHNOLOGY
GENERAL GENETICS
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
CELL BIOLOGY
MICROBIOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SCIENCES
INTRODUCTION TO GENOME ANALYSIS
IMMUNOLOGY
THESIS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Chemistry (3-8 credits toward CHEM requirement)
SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
POLYMER CHEMISTRY
Biochemistry (up to 6 credits toward CHEM requirement)
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY FOR BIOSCIENCE
BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
PROTEIN STRUCTURE DETERMINATION
BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR
Additional courses may apply - consult graduate advisor for details
Total Credit Hours 36

Biotechnology Management Concentration

Core Industry 6
APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY PRACTICE
Core Management 13
ACCOUNTING FOR EXECUTIVES
GRADUATE BUSINESS ORIENTATION
FINANCE FOR DECISION MAKERS
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
MARKETING STRATEGY: THEORY & PRACTICE
Core Science 13
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (required)
CELL BIOLOGY
MICROBIOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SCIENCES
Capstone (Select one of the following)3
BIOL 4XX
Biotechnology Management Project
BIOLOGY INTERNSHIP
Electives3-5
BIOCHEMISTRY
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
IMMUNOLOGY
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Additional courses may apply - consult graduate advisor for details
Total Credit Hours38-40

Biopharmaceutical Technology Concentration

Core Courses (including one lab)15
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
RESEARCH METHODS
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
PHAR 605
Principles of Drug Action
PHAR 606
Intro to Pharm. Dosage Forms and Pharmaceutics
PHAR 607
Statistics and Experimental Design
Core Research9
INDEPENDENT STUDY (Literature Research)
RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY (Experimental Design)
THESIS
Electives12
Biology and Chemistry
MICROBIOLOGY
CELL BIOLOGY
IMMUNOLOGY
SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Pharmaceutics
PHAR 621
Disperse Systems
PHAR 625
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
PHAR 627
Biopharmaceutics and Drug Disposition
Pharmacology
PHAR 624
Drug Metabolism and Interactions
PHAR 628
Toxicology
PHAR 629
Psychopharmacology
Medicinal Chemistry
MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
PHAR 622
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
PHAR 623
Drug Development Processes
Other Pharmacy
PHAR 654
Biotherapeutic Drugs
PHAR 662
Regulatory Science
Total Credit Hours36

Chemical Sciences Concentration

Core Research3
RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY
RESEARCH METHODS
Core Chemistry1
CHEMISTRY SEMINAR
Electives
Chemistry (at least 16 credits required)
ADVANCED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY- ATOMIC & MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
ADVANCED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB
MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
POLYMER CHEMISTRY
THESIS
INDEPENDENT STUDY
Biology (3-8 credits toward BIOL requirement)
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
CELL BIOLOGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR SCIENCES
APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY PRACTICE
Biochemistry (up to 6 credits toward BIOL requirement)
EXPERIMENTAL METHODS IN BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY
ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY
PROTEIN STRUCTURE DETERMINATION
BIOCHEMISTRY SEMINAR
Additional courses may apply - consult graduate advisor for details
Total Credit Hours36