Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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SFSU Chem/Biochem Department

Overview:  M.S. Chemistry

Overview:  M.S. Chemistry - Concentration in Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at SFSU offers an outstanding educational experience for M.S. graduate students.  Our mission is to educate and train the next generation of chemists and biochemists.  The department offers both an M.S. Chemistry degree and M.S. Chemistry Concentration in Biochemistry degree.  Graduates from our M.S. program are highly successful.  Our M.S. graduates attend highly selective Ph.D. programs, are admitted to medical, pharmacy and other health professional schools, and are employed as research scientists in both the private and government sectors.

Applicants to our M.S. degree program should possess a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field such as molecular biology, chemical engineering, materials science, or physics.  Applicants should have the ability to carry out independent research in chemistry or biochemistry.  This can be demonstrated by strong letters of recommendation from research supervisors in an academic, government, or industry setting, reports of research results, professional publications, or participation in research meetings or conferences are preferred.

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry's faculty are dedicated to engaging our students in both the teaching and research environment. Department faculty are active in a variety of research fields including biochemistry and biophysical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry and drug discovery, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular modeling, and computational chemistry. A variety of state-of-the-art and modern research equipment is available for student projects housed in the NMR, mass spectrometry, X-ray, and microscopy facilities. Applicants should review faculty research interests to identify faculty research areas that may be of interest.  

SFSU also offers a Certificate in Data Science that can be obtained concurrently with the Master's degree, with more information provided at this website.