Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7278 fax

Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-6297 fax

Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall

Concurrent B.S./M.S. program

Entrance requirements

Students may apply for the concurrent B.S./M.S. program from the second semester of the sophomore year through the second semester of the junior year, when they have accumulated 45-90 credit hours toward the B.S. degree and have completed at least one semester of organic chemistry. Students may apply during the senior year with special permission from the chair of the Graduate Biochemistry Group.

The application process will be the same as for the traditional M.S. degree except that completion of the B.S. degree is not required prior to enrollment for the M.S., and the application must include a recommendation from the student's undergraduate advisor. Minimum standards for regular admission and for retention in the program require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in required math and science courses. The requirement for the Graduate Record Exam will be waived.

Departmental requirements

Biochemistry courses

BIOCH 100 - Biochemistry Orientation (1 credit)
BIOCH 290 - General Biochemistry (3 credits)
BIOCH 755 - Biochemistry I (3 credits)
BIOCH 756 - Biochemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)
BIOCH 765 - Biochemistry II (3 credits)

Biology Courses

BIOL 198 - Principles of Biology (4 credits)
Biological science electives (8 credits)
Biology, statistics, or computer science, analytical geometry and calculus III, or differential equations elective (3–4 credits)

Chemistry courses

Choose from the following two options:

CHM 210 - Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 230 - Chemistry II  (4 credits)
CHM 371 - Chemical Analysis (4 credits)
CHM 220 - Honors Chemistry I (5 credits)
CHM 250 - Honors Chemistry II (5 credits)


CHM 500 - General Physical Chemistry (3 credits)
CHM 531 - Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
CHM 532 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)
CHM 550 - Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)

Mathematics courses

MATH 220 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 221 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)

Physics courses

PHYS 113 - General Physics I (4 credits)
PHYS 114 - General Physics II (4 credits)

Graduate level courses

Bioch 790 - Physical Biochemistry (3 credits)
Upper level Biochemistry, Biology or Bioinformatics (13-15 credits)
Biochemistry seminar (1 credit)
Bioch 899 MS Research (6-8 credits)

GPA and thesis requirements

Must Maintain a GPA >3 in science and math courses and Defend a written master's thesis

Note: The courses in the above list satisfy the natural sciences and quantitative reasoning requirements shown in the general requirements for the B.S./M.S. degree.

College of Arts & Sciences course requirements

Common degree requirements

Three courses, 8 credit hours minimum. Purpose: to give students practice in oral presentation and in writing and analyzing expository and argumentative prose.

ENGL 100 - Expository Writing I (3 credits)
ENGL 200 - Expository Writing II (3 credits)

COMM 105 - Public Speaking IA (2 credits)
or COMM 106 - Public Speaking I (3 credits)


Four courses, one course for each section, 11 credit hours minimum.

Fine arts (one course)
Philosophy (one course)
Western heritage (one course)
Literary or rhetorical arts (one course)

Consult Course Catalog for specific courses in each of these areas.

Social sciences

Four courses, 12 credit hours minimum, from at least three disciplines. A wide range of choices available. One of these courses often satisfies the International studies overlay requirement.

Consult Course Catalog for specific courses in each of these areas.

K-State 8 (or UGE requirements for enrollment prior to Fall 2011)

Course Requirement Guidelines

Each student must successfully complete credit-bearing courses/experiences to cover all of the K-State 8 areas. Some of the K-State 8 areas may be covered in the student's major.

Note: The humanities and social sciences requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences along with our Biochemistry Major requirements will usually meet the UGE and/or the K-State-8 requirements.

Total hours required for graduation = ~150 credit hours