University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Biochemistry and Biophysics M.S.

Master of Science - Biochemistry and Biophysics


Core Courses10
Lab Rotation1
Total Hours27-33

Degree Specific Credits: 30

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • The Biochemistry and Biophysics master's program provides a dynamic environment where students engage in cutting-edge research in close collaboration with faculty. Students will learn to apply the tools of physical biochemistry and structural biology to exciting problems through research projects with Biochemistry Program Faculty Members. 
  • The Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics and related research in the  provide a rich context for graduate studies in Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of Montana.


Core Courses
BCH 581Physical Biochemistry3
BCH 582Proteins and Enzymes3
BCH 584Nucleic Acids3
BMED 605Biomedical Research Ethics1
Lab Rotations
BCH 570Intro to Research1
Approved Electives
Complete 10-13 hours of the following:10-13
Biochemistry Research Lab
Special Topics (Biophotonics)
Special Topics (NMR Spectroscopy)
Cell Organization & Mechanisms
Intro to Bioinformatics
Organic Structure and Mechanisms
Drug Design
Molecular Pharmacology
Neuroscience I
Topics in Neurobiology
Other courses that may be useful but do not count for the elective requirement are:
RNA Structure & Function
Advanced Graduate Research Seminars
Independent Study
Seminar/Data Club
BCH 694Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar1
BCH 547Experimental Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology1
BCH 597Research6-9
Total Hours29-35

Elective Requirements

Course work for Biochemistry & Biophysics graduate students is determined by the Advisory Committee. The minimum coursework requirement is the three Core courses and one 3 credit hour elective. A list of approved electives is provided above. Other electives may be substituted, if appropriate, with the approval of the student’s Advisory Committee. All course work will normally be completed during the first two years of graduate study.

Minimum Required Grade: C