Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Northern Iowa

What are Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry?

From Biology Online:

Applied Chemistry is defined as "The application of the theories and principles of chemistry to practical purposes."

From McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry:

Biochemistry is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level. It emerged as a distinct discipline around the beginning of the 20th century when scientists combined chemistry, physiology and biology to investigate the chemistry of living systems.

Biochemistry is both a life science and a chemical science - it explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes occurring in living cells. It uses the methods of chemistry, physics, molecular biology and immunology to study the structure and behaviour of the complex molecules found in biological material and the ways these molecules interact to form cells, tissues and whole organisms.

Biochemists are interested, for example, in mechanisms of brain function, cellular multiplication and differentiation, communication within and between cells and organs, and the chemical bases of inheritance and disease. The biochemist seeks to determine how specific molecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, vitamins and hormones function in such processes. Particular emphasis is placed on regulation of chemical reactions in living cells.

PSM in Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry

This non-thesis degree, which prepares students for career opportunities in businesses utilizing chemical and/or biochemical processes and instrumentation, is open to students who have earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry. It combines chemistry coursework featuring advanced topics and hands-on use of modern instrumentation with business coursework focused on problem-solving and decision-making.

Students interested in the program must submit to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department a complete application (click on links below), three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work. The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program. A TOEFL score of 600 is required for international students who are non-native English speakers.

200-Level Chemistry Courses - 6 hours Required

860:2XX Industrial Chemistry and one course from the list below
860:210 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours)
860:220 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 hours)
860:240 Special Problems in Chemistry (3 hours)
860:241 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 hours)
860:242 Advanced Analytical Chemistry (3 hours)
860:254 Advanced Biochemistry (3 hours)

Professional Science Courses - 15 hours Required:

820:289 PSM Seminar (1 hour, taken twice = 2 hours)
820:295 PSM Internship (4 hours)
Three courses from the list below:
820:209 Business Management for Science Professionals (3 hours)
820:215 Corporate/Industrial Problem Solving (3 hours)
800:274 Project Management for Science Professionals (3 hours)
880:160g Experiment Design or 800:123g Design and Analysis of Experiments (3 hours)

Electives - 9 hours1, 2

840:129g Genomics and Proteomics (3 hours)
840:280 Advanced Analytical Techniques (3 hours)
860:136g Applied Instrumental Analysis (4 hours)
860:137g Instrumental Analysis (4 hours)
860:143g Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2 hours)
860:145g Inorganic Chemistry (3 hours)
860:149g Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Chemistry (2 hours)
860:154g Biochemistry I (4 hours) 860:155g Biochemistry II (2 hours)
860:156g Biochemistry Laboratory (2 hours)
860:161g Organic Structure Analysis (3 hours)
880:144g Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 hours)
880:148g Intermediate Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 hours)
Other courses with permission of the PSM Steering Committee

Total hours: 30 hours


1. Electives may include the remaining course in the Professional Science Courses or 200-level chemistry courses beyond the required minimum 6 credit hours.

2. Any student who has not previously taken a biochemistry course must take 860:154g Biochemistry I as an elective.

UNI's five PSM degree programs

In addition to Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Northern Iowa offers Professional Science Master's Degrees in the following four fields:

Note: Before you enroll in a PSM program at The University of Northern Iowa, you must apply for admission to the Graduate College. Click here for application information.