A departmental graduate program leading to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in biochemistry is offered at the university. Faculty conduct research in the areas of human, animal, plant and insect biochemistry and molecular biology, ranging from gene control to protein structure. Research at the university’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology utilizes state-of-art technologies including genomics, proteomics, crystallography and bioinformatics.
Candidates for admission to the program must meet the Graduate School’s admission criteria, as well as certain additional requirements in chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Students who have not taken one or more of the above courses, but who meet the remaining requirements, may be admitted to the program with the understanding that such courses will be completed during the first year of graduate study.
The program of study for the Ph.D. requires a minimum of 72 credits, which can include a minimum of 35 credits in course work which includes 1 credit of comprehensive examination. The curriculum includes a core of biochemistry courses and electives in biochemistry and other life and physical sciences. Up to 37 dissertation credits are required. Students, in consultation with their advisor and graduate committee, select a study program that satisfies the program requirements and is consistent with their interests.
Students participate in a variety of educational experiences, including first-year research rotations, seminars and a yearly program retreat. All degree candidates present a final seminar on their dissertation research and provide an oral defense of their work.
Graduate fellowships are available on a competitive basis. To ensure full consideration, fellowship applications for fall admission should be completed by February 1.