BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/MA in Biotechnology

Combining the BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB) with the MA in Biotechnology constitutes an efficient way to acquire master’s-level expertise in this exciting multidisciplinary field. The dual degree program provides a broad preparation for employment in diverse areas of biotechnology as well as for further graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, and related fields.

The MA in Biotechnology is only open to CAS students who are pursuing the BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Thus, it is available only as part of a BA/MA dual degree program in conjunction with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). Applicants to the BA/MA program should consult the BA/MA and BA/MS Programs section of this Bulletin as well as the GRS BA/MA and BA/MS Program Application website.


The BA/MA program requires a total of 152 credits to be completed. At least 32 of these credits (eight BMB/Biotechnology courses) must be completed at the graduate level (500 or higher) with a grade of B– or better and a GPA of 3.0 in these graduate courses. The BA and MA are awarded together after completion of all requirements for both degrees.

Course titles and full descriptions are located in the Courses portion of this Bulletin. Unless otherwise noted, all required courses are 4 credit hours.

BA Portion

Students must complete the 128 credits required for the BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

MA Portion

For the MA in Biotechnology, students must complete the six courses listed below in addition to the required courses for the BA in BMB:

  • CAS BI 311
  • CAS BI 513
  • CAS BI 553
  • CAS BB 522
  • CAS BB 591*
  • CAS BB 592*

*Two semesters of 4-credit graduate research are required for the MA degree and are conducted in a BMB faculty or outside lab. No more than 8 credits of graduate research may be applied to the MA degree. CAS BB 592 requires a 10–15 page written research proposal submitted to the program director at the beginning of the second semester of graduate research. In addition, CAS BB 592 students are required to participate in the BMB Honors Symposium held at the end of each spring semester.

Note: Courses taken to complete the MA requirements may not be counted toward the advanced electives of the BA, but may be taken before the final year of the program. Because CAS BB 522 and BI 513 are MA requirements, a third BMB elective must be taken (this does not have to be a laboratory course).