Master's Degree Program Overview
Biochemistry students examine living organisms and the chemical changes they undergo in different situations. Students with a background and/or bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or a closely related field can earn a Master of Science (M.S) in Biochemistry online. Online master's degree programs in biochemistry may typically be completed in 2-3 years. A research-focused thesis may be a requirement for program completion. For students who do not complete a thesis, a final comprehensive exam is often required. Programs are fully online or in a hybrid format.
Core coursework in the online program is similar to that of on-campus programs, but distance learning students may work with their professors to tailor the program of study to their own scheduling needs and career goals. Core course topics in an online master's degree program in biochemistry often include:
- Cell biology
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical thermodynamics
Individual Biochemistry Courses
Students who are not seeking a degree or simply need to meet the requirements of another degree program may find biochemistry courses online at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of these courses also meet continuing education requirements for medical professionals.
Some distance learning biochemistry courses require students to be admitted to the main institution; others allow students to simply apply to the online program. Online courses in biochemistry are typically offered during the regular school term, but some institutions allow students to matriculate at any time.
Topics covered in online biochemistry courses often include:
- Medical biochemistry
- General biochemistry
- Molecular biology
Online Learning Details
Students Who May Benefit
Distance education often attracts students who desire convenience and flexibility. However, it is not necessarily easier and, in some cases, may require more commitment and focus than traditional campus-based learning. Because many courses may be self-paced, students should be able to dedicate time to complete assigned studies and meet work deadlines.
Learning Platforms and Technical Requirements
Most online students use a virtual learning suite, such as Blackboard. To access a course's instructional platform, students need to have access to a high-speed Internet connection, a recent Web browser and a program that can read Microsoft Word documents.
Course Aids and Requirements
Learning tools often include textbooks, video lectures and practice tests. Students may also contribute to mass note logs available to all class participants. For some courses, exams may be completed on campus.
Students who already have a bachelor's degree in biochemistry or a related field can earn an online master's degree in biochemistry. Topics that are covered in this program include medical biochemistry, bioinformatics, and microbiology.