Biochemistry is a challenging and broad-based graduate program of research and coursework leading to the MS or PhD degree. The aim of the graduate program is to train scientists to identify, address, and solve biomedical problems at the molecular level.
The themes of molecular structure, molecular mechanisms, and molecular regulation are recurrent throughout the diverse research areas represented by the biochemistry faculty.
Biochemistry (PhD & MS) Individual Program Requirements
In addition to the core curriculum, every student carries out relatively short research projects in three different laboratories of the student's choice. These research experiences not only give the student broad research training, but also help the student to select a thesis adviser by the end of the first 12 months.
In the second year, students begin thesis research and take several advanced courses, tailored to the student's individual interests.
All students participate in student seminars and are encouraged to attend seminars in the Department and the University.
The average duration of study for a PhD degree is five years. A minimum of two years of full-time study is required for a master's degree.
All students must successfully complete the core curriculum prior to completing the following program-specific requirements:
Biochemistry 1st Laboratory Rotation
Biochemistry 2nd Laboratory Rotation
Biochemistry 3rd Laboratory Rotation
Macromolecular Structure and Function
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Biochemical Basis of Disease
Scientific Writing for Biomedical Researchers: Grants and Papers
Biochemistry Thesis Research
Biochemistry Program Guidelines
Biochemistry Policies describes the academic policies and procedures pertaining to graduate study in the Biochemistry Program. The booklet contains current standards that are revised periodically by faculty in the Biochemistry Program, and procedures and general rules of the Office of Biomedical Graduate Studies.
Download the Biochemistry Program Policies (PDF)
How to Apply to the Biochemistry Program
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