Completion of the M.S in MCBT requires at least 30 graduate credits in approved courses, including Core Curriculum courses, Elective courses, Workshops, and the custom-designed Capstone experience.
Students are required to complete the Core Curriculum courses (chosen based on market analysis and additional industry input) to establish graduate-level skill competencies in the areas of protein biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. Core requirements may be waived in those instances where the Admissions Committee ascertains that the student already possesses the knowledge and skills provided through these Core Curriculum courses.
The required core curriculum courses consist of Cell Culture (lecture/lab), Protein Biochemistry (lecture/lab), and Molecular Biology (lecture/lab). Typically, students will complete the core curriculum courses prior to enrolling in the more advanced offerings.
|Code ||Title ||Credits |
|BCHM 825||Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory||4|
|BCHM 853||Cell Culture||5|
|BCHM 854||Molecular Biology Research Methods||5|
|BCHM 855||Protein Biochemistry Laboratory||5|
In addition to the Core requirements, each student will develop a curriculum plan with the Admissions Committee and their Faculty Advisor that includes elective courses and workshops. Students will be encouraged to select elective courses and a capstone experience that encourage specialization (e.g., protein biochemistry, genetic engineering, cell imaging and phenotyping). Each curriculum plan will be customized to meet the career goals of the student. In addition to approved elective courses, other courses may be incorporated into the curriculum plan to provide breath of training. These courses offered by other academic programs include: bioengineering, biomanufacturing, entrepreneurship and business management, and bioregulatory science (including administrative law, intellectual property, and licensing).
|Code ||Title ||Credits |
|ANFS 933||Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Experiments||4|
|BCHM 851||Principles of Biochemistry I||4|
|BCHM 852||Principles of Biochemistry II||4|
|BIOL 811||Experimental Design & Analysis||4|
|BIOL 950||Scientific Communication||2|
|CHBE 814||Chemical Sensors||4|
|CHBE 861||Biochemical Engineering||4|
|CHBE 862||Biomedical Engineering||4|
|GRAD 930||Ethics in Research and Scholarship||2 or 3|
|LGP 971||BioInnovation Research Collaboration and the Law||2|
|MCBS 895||Special Topics||1-4|
|BCHM 863||Biochemistry of Cancer||4|
|BIOL 805||Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology||4|
|GEN 804||Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes||5|
|GEN 811||Genomics and Bioinformatics||4|
|GEN 812||Programming for Bioinformatics||5|
|GEN 817||Molecular Microbiology||5|
|GEN 874||Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology||4|
|MCBS 913||Applied Bioinformatics||3|
|BCHM 850||Physical Biochemistry||3|
|BCHM 894||Protein Structure and Function||4|
|MS #910||Macromolecular Characterization||3|
Workshops will be offered during the summer, J-term, and—in selected cases—during the academic year. For five prioritized areas, these workshops build from strong in-place MCBT faculty and staff expertise (and infrastructure) that are directly relevant to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry: (1) Cell Imaging and Phenotyping; (2) Cellular Engineering and Analysis of Recombinant Proteins; (3) Mass Spectrometry (4) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy; and (5) Macromolecular Visualization. These workshops will also feature invited participation from regional expert biotech and biopharma colleagues as well as technical specialists from instrument manufacturers, and will typically be developed as one-credit, five-day laboratory immersion experiences on the UNH campus.
Capstone experience (including co-op and internship experiences)
In consultation with the Faculty Advisor and with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator, students will design a Capstone experience (up to 10 cr.) that is consistent with their career development plans. The Capstone will typically consist of one of the following: (a) a research project in a UNH faculty member’s research laboratory (usually the Faculty Advisor); (b) an internship/co-op experience in an industry setting (including the student’s current workplace if applicable); or (c) an intentionally designed set of applied training workshops, as described above. The preferred scenario for the internship is a partnership between the student’s off-site internship supervisor and the UNH Faculty Advisor in which the experiential learning experience has some components performed in the workplace and others on-campus.