A candidate for the accelerated bachelor plus master’s degree must complete a total of at least 141 credits of college work, must fulfill the requirements of the Chemistry B.S. and M.S.programs and must meet the general undergraduate curricular requirements of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences. A description of the general curricular requirements are available in the Course Catalog.

We encourage chemistry students take 50:198:111, Programming Fundamentals as one of their General Education requirements.

To declare Chemistry, Biochemistry Track as your major, go to the registrar’s office and tell them you wish to major in chemistry (Subject Code: 160B).

To remain in good standing, students may only receive one D grade in the chemistry/biochemistry undergraduate lecture courses.

To graduate with the M.S., the cumulative GPA from graduate lecture-course credits must be a 3.0 or higher. Any student whose average graduate lecture-course GPA for a given semester falls below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Only one C or C+ and a maximum of 9 credits may be counted towards the 30 graduate credits.

Click the folder icon to see a list of the required courses for the B.S./M.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry Track.

NOTE: Students who matriculated before Fall 2019 may use the list of requirements in the 2016-2018 Course Catalog.

50:160:115  Chemical Principles I (4 credits)
50:160:125  Chemical Principles Lab I  (1 credit)
50:160:116  Chemical Principles II  (4 credits)
50:160:126  Chemical Principles Lab II  (1 credit)
50:160:335  Organic Chemistry I  (4 credits)
50:160:339  Organic Chemistry Lab I  (1 credit)
50:160:336  Organic Chemistry II  (4 credits)
50:160:340  Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 credit)
50:160:326  Instrumental Analysis (3 credits)
50:160:330  Instrumental Analysis Lab  (1 credit)
50:160:345  Physical Chemistry I  (3 credits)
50:160:347  Physical Chemistry Lab I  (1 credit)
50:160:346  Physical Chemistry II  (3 credits)
50:160:348  Physical Chemistry Lab II (1 credit)
50:115:403  General Biochemistry I (3 credits)
50:115:407  General Biochemistry Lab I (1 credit)
56:115:512  Biochemistry II (3 credit)
50:115:408  General Biochemistry Lab II (1 credit)
50:160:492  Competence in Chemistry (Exit exam) (1 credit)
50:160:495  Research in Chemistry (2 credit)
50:160:496  Research in Chemistry (2 credit)
56:115:619,620 Graduate Research in Biochemistry (cumulatively 5 credits)
56:115:701,702 Graduate Independent Study in Biochemistry (cumulatively 5 credits)
56:160:601 Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit)
56:160:602 Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit)

Students must also choose:
15 graduate chemistry credits from the approved list. These must be distinct courses from the requirements listed above.
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry laboratory course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry laboratory course
One graduate chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with:
56:121:500-level Any 500-level graduate computational & integrative biology 121 lecture course
56:120:515  Human Genetics (3 credits)
56:120:516 Immunology (3 credits)
56:120:534 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology (3 credits)
56:120:585 Recombinant DNA Technology (3 credits)
56:120:509 Cytogenetics (4 credits)
56:120:513 Population Genetics (3 credits)

Additionally, students are required to complete the following courses from other departments:
50:640:121  Unified Calculus I (4 credits)
50:640:122  Unified Calculus II (4 credits)
50:160:221  Unified Calculus III (4 credits)
50:750:131  Elements of Physics I (3 credits)
50:750:133  Elements of Physics Lab I (1 credit)
50:750:132  Elements of Physics II (3 credits)
50:750:134  Elements of Physics Lab II (1 credit)
(Note: 50:750:131 & 132 is preferred, but may be substituted with 50:750:203 & 204)
50:120:101 General Biology I (3 credits)
50:120:107  General Biology II (3 credits)
50:120:305  Molecular Biology (3 credits)

Faculty Adviser and Committee. All students will find a faculty adviser (by mutual consent) at the end of their junior year. With the guidance of the faculty adviser, two other individuals will be appointed to form the student’s thesis committee. The committee oversees the selection of a research project, judges the acceptability of the thesis, and conducts the final examination.

Research Initiation. At the beginning stages of a the graduate portion of the research project, an outline of the topic is presented during seminar for approval. The deadline is mid-semester of the student’s first term as a graduate student.

Completed Thesis. The thesis must be approved by the director of the student’s research committee and by the other committee members. For May graduation, the oral presentation and exam must be completed by mid-April. The thesis must be submitted online via the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) system: https://etd.libraries.rutgers.edu/login.php. The thesis deadline adheres to the same deadline as the Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree. This can be found by visiting https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/files/Application-for-Admission-to-Candidacy-for-Degree.pdf. Students should be sure to follow the guidelines set forth in the Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide, which can be found at https://dept.camden.rutgers.edu/graduate-school/files/Thesis-Style-Guide.pdf. If additional time to complete a thesis is required, the student will inform the thesis advisor and register for 56:160:800 Matriculation Continuation, until the project is completed.

Thesis Presentation and Final Examination. The thesis presentation is given during the semester in which the student completed his or her course of study. The presentation is open to the public and possibly scheduled as a research seminar. 

A diploma application must be submitted online in accordance with the deadlines that can be found at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/graduation. The Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree (side one) should be completed by the candidate and submitted to the graduate director prior to the examination/defense. Application forms are available at https://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu/files/Application-for-Admission-to-Candidacy-for-Degree.pdf. The student must inform the graduate director of the intent to complete the final examination/defense. The examination must be completed in accordance with the schedule established by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School-Camden and the chemistry program. In the event of an unfavorable decision, the examination may be repeated twice.

Recommended 5-year sequence of courses for B.S./M.S. Biochemistry Track:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 4-SummerYear 5Year 5-Summer

Year 1 – Fall (12 total credits toward major)
50:160:115, Chemical Principles I – 4 credits
50:160:125, Chemical Principles I Lab – 1 credit
50:120:101, General Biology I – 3 credits
50:120:107, General Biology I Lab – 1 credit (recommended)
50:640:121, Unified Calculus I – 4 credits

Year 1 – Spring (12 total credits toward major)
50:160:116, Chemical Principles II – 4 credits
50:160:126, Chemical Principles II Lab  – 1 credit
50:120:102, General Biology II – 3 credits
50:120:108, General Biology II Lab – 1 credit (recommended)
50:640:122, Unified Calculus II – 4 credits

Year 2 – Fall (12 total credits toward major)
50:160:335, Organic Chemistry I – 4 credits
50:160:339, Organic Chemistry I Lab  – 1 credit
50:750:131, Elements of Physics I – 3 credits
50:750:133, Elements of Physics I Lab – 1 credit
52:640:211, Unified Calculus III – 4 credits

Year 2 – Spring (9 total credits toward major)
50:160:336, Organic Chemistry II – 4 credits
50:160:340, Organic Chemistry II Lab  – 1 credit
50:750:132, Elements of Physics II – 3 credits
50:750:134, Introductory Physics II Lab – 1 credit

Year 3 – Fall (12 total credits toward major)
50:160:345, Physical Chemistry I – 3 credits
50:160:347, Physical Chemistry I Lab  – 1 credit
50:115:403, General Biochemistry I – 3 credits
50:115:407, General Biochemistry Lab I – 1 credit
50:120:305, Molecular Biology – 3 credit
50:120:306, Molecular Biology Lab – 1 credit
Notify: Examine Our Research and notify the department of your interest in this program by filling out the Notification of Interest form.

Year 3 – Spring (12 total credits toward major)
50:160:346, Physical Chemistry II – 3 credits
50:160:348, Physical Chemistry II Lab  – 1 credit
56:115:512, Biochemistry II – 3 credits (Note: This class is at the graduate level)
50:115:408, General Biochemistry Lab II – 1 credit
50:160:326, Instrumental Analysis – 3 credit
50:160:330, Instrumental Analysis Lab – 1 credits
Prepare for Research – No registration required. Report the name of the faculty thesis adviser to the Graduate Program Director by the end of this semester.

Year 4 – Fall (2 to 8 total credits toward major)
50:160:495, Research in Chemistry – 2 credits
Graduate chemistry courses – 0 to 6 credits, listed below*
In consultation with Thesis Adviser, select Thesis Committee – Inform Graduate Program Director of Thesis Committee Members
Apply: Officially apply to the M.S. in chemistry program

Year 4 – Spring (9 to 3 total credits toward major)
50:160:496, Research in Chemistry – 2 credits
Graduate chemistry courses – 6 to 0 credits (for a total of 9 graduate credits by end of Year 4), listed below*
50:160:492, Competence in Chemistry (Exit) – 1 credit
Obtain B.S. degree: apply for B.S. diploma using online diploma application

*Graduate Chemistry Courses
15 graduate chemistry credits from the approved list. These must be distinct courses from the requirements listed above.
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry laboratory course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry laboratory course
One graduate chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with:
56:121:500-level Any 500-level graduate computational & integrative biology 121 lecture course
56:120:515  Human Genetics (3 credits)
56:120:516 Immunology (3 credits)
56:120:534 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology (3 credits)
56:120:585 Recombinant DNA Technology (3 credits)
56:120:509 Cytogenetics (4 credits)
56:120:513 Population Genetics (3 credits)

Year 4 – Summer (0 total credits)
 In consultation with Thesis Adviser, update thesis committee on research progress
 Continue research project

Year 5 – Fall (12 to 15 total credits)
Graduate Chemistry Courses – 6 to 9 credits of approved courses, listed below**
56:160:601, Seminar
– 1 credit, Present Proposal
56:115:619, Independent Study in Biochemistry
– 5 credits

Year 5 – Spring (6 to 9 total credits)
56:160:602, Seminar – 1 credit, Present Thesis
56:115:702, Research in Biochemistry – 5 credits
Graduate Chemistry Courses, as needed – 0 to 3 credits of approved courses, listed below*
Review your progress with adviser and committee. If a spring graduation is expected, complete the following steps:
Step 1: If Spring graduation is expected, S
ubmit Online Diploma Application & Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree by Due Date – Due Dates and Applications available at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Step 2: If Spring graduation is expected, hand in Thesis to Thesis Adviser for review and revision – Mutually agreed upon timeline using University Thesis Style Guide
Step 3: If Spring graduation is expected, submit final version of Thesis to Committee – Submit final version of Thesis through the Electronic Thesis & Dissertations Portal by the Due Date

*Graduate Chemistry Courses
15 graduate chemistry credits from the approved list. These must be distinct courses from the requirements listed above.
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry lecture course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry lecture course
56:160:500-level Any 500-level graduate chemistry laboratory course
56:115:500-level Any 500-level graduate biochemistry laboratory course
One graduate chemistry (115 or 160) course may be substituted with:
56:121:500-level Any 500-level graduate computational & integrative biology 121 lecture course
56:120:515  Human Genetics (3 credits)
56:120:516 Immunology (3 credits)
56:120:534 Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology (3 credits)
56:120:585 Recombinant DNA Technology (3 credits)
56:120:509 Cytogenetics (4 credits)
56:120:513 Population Genetics (3 credits)

Year 5 – Summer (0 total credits)
Register for 56:160:800, Matriculation Continuation, if needed
Review your progress with adviser and committee. If a summer graduation is expected, complete the following steps:
Step 1: S
ubmit Online Diploma Application & Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree by Due Date – Due Dates and Applications available at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Step 2: If Summer graduation is expected, hand in Thesis to Thesis Adviser for review and revision – Mutually agreed upon timeline using University Thesis Style Guide
Step 3: If Summer graduation is expected, submit final version of Thesis to Committee – Submit final version of Thesis through the Electronic Thesis & Dissertations Portal by the Due Date