Biochemistry (B.S.)/Biology for the Health Professions (M.S.)

Improve competitiveness for medical, dental, pharmaceutical, or optometry school with a degree that you can earn online.

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Most of the challenges facing society require an understanding of both biology and chemistry. Illinois Tech's biochemistry degree prepares you to tackle those challenges through a challenging array of lecture and discussion classes as well as laboratory courses. Many biochemistry majors participate actively in research during the school year or during the summer.

Health professions schools are competitive. The Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions is a post-baccalaureate, pre-medical program designed to strengthen you as an applicant for professional health schools, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy.

Illinois Tech’s five-year Accelerated Master’s Program in biochemistry and biology for the health professions provides the skills, knowledge, and experiences to open doors to career opportunities.

Program Overview

Many challenges facing society require an understanding of both biology and chemistry, especially in health care. The Master of Science in Biology for the Health Professions is a post-baccalaureate, pre-medical program designed to strengthen skills for professional health schools.

Career Opportunities

This five-year Accelerated Master's Program is designed to prepare you for medical school. However graduates would be ready to enter the workforce.

  • Health care scientist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist

Students applying to Accelerated Master's Program must have completed at least 60 credit hours of applicable undergraduate study and at least one full semester, or 12 credit hours, at the university. Students must be at least one full-time semester, or 12 credit hours, away from undergraduate degree completion in order to apply.

Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Consult individual departments for specific minimum GPA requirements.