The Master of Science (ScM) degree has a course work as well as a thesis requirement. Students must complete upper level courses, conduct research alongside a faculty mentor, prepare a written thesis, and present their work as a seminar for the final defense.
Master of Science in Biotechnology (ScM)
A minimum of 8 tuition units are required.
- At least five of the required eight courses must be structured, advanced level courses in biology or the sciences.
- Must receive a grade of B or better, courses must be taken for a grade rather than credit/no credit.
- No more than three of the required eight courses are to be used for thesis research (Graduate Independent Study).
- Program Director endorses the student’s proposed curriculum.
- Must identify Brown faculty member willing to host student in lab.
- Students do research for the duration of the time in the Program.
- Student and faculty mentor select Thesis Committee.
- Submit final thesis, present work as a seminar and pass final oral examination by Thesis Committee.
Students may choose from the courses below.
- Advanced Biochemistry (BIOL 2270)
- Biology of the Eukaryotic Cell (BIOL 2050)
- Bioinformatics in the Discovery, Development and Use of Medicines (BIOL 2125)
- Biomaterials (BIOL 1120)
- Biomolecular Interactions: Health, Disease, & Drug Design (BIOL 1300)
- Biotechnology and Global Health (BIOL 1070)
- Biotechnology IP (BIOL 2089)
- Biotech Science and Industry (BIOL 2020)
- Blood Substitutes: Principles and Therapeutic Development (BIOL 2245)
- Cancer Biology (BIOL 1290)
- Developmental Biology (BIOL 2320)
- Drug and Gene Delivery (BIOL 2110)
- Innate Immunity (BIOL 1520)
- Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (BIOL 2860)
- Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology (BIOL 2170)
- Neurogenetics and Disease (BIOL 2320A)
- Physiological Pharmacology (BIOL 1260)
- Polymer Science (BIOL 1090)
- Principles of Exercise Physiology (BIOL 1160)
- Tissue Engineering (BIOL 1140)
- Topics in Signal Transduction (BIOL 1110)
- Analysis of Development (BIOL 2310)
- Animal Locomotion (BIOL1880)
- Biology of Aging (BIOL 2350)
- Biology of Emerging Microbial Diseases (BIOL 1550)
- Cell Physiology and Biophysics (BIOL 1100)
- Comparative Animal Physiology (BIOL 1180)
- Development of Vaccines to Infectious Disease (BIOL 1600)
- Environmental Health and Disease (BIOL 1820)
- In Vitro Models for Disease (BIOL 2167)
- Innovation and Commercialization in Medical Devices, Diagnostics, and Wearables (BIOL 2528)
- Management Strategies in Biotechnology (BIOL 2018)
- Molecular Targets of Drug Discovery (BIOL 2145)
- Molecular Genetics (BIOL 2540)
- Protein Biophysics and Structure (BIOL 1200)
- Stem Cell Engineering (BIOL 1150)
- Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity (BIOL 1190)
- Techniques in Pathobiology (BIOL 1870)
- Virology (BIOL 1560)
(Please note that without an engineering background some courses may be too challenging)
- Biomaterials (ENGN 1490)
- Cardiovascular Engineering (ENGN 1520)
- Intro to MRI and Neuroimaging (ENGN 1930 N)
- Nanoengineering and Nanomedicine (ENGN 1510)
- Nanoscale Materials (CHEM 1700)
- Biosensors and Applied Microfluidics (ENGN 2910M)
- Cancer Nanotechnology (ENGN 2910S)
- Computer Aided Visualization and Design (ENGN 1740)
- Topics in Translational Research (ENGN 2910G)
Students pick a research mentor by the beginning of their first semester in the program and do research for the duration of their time in the program. Students prepare a written thesis and present their work as a seminar for the final defense.