Biochemistry

Major: Biochemistry
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0 - 48.0 (MS) or 96.0 (PhD)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1021

About the Program

The graduate program in biochemistry offers 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.

MS in Biochemistry

A minimum of two years of full-time study is required for an MS degree. Master’s graduates typically look forward to careers in clinical biochemistry, in pharmaceuticals and medical research equipment sales, or as research technicians in university and industrial laboratories.

PhD in Biochemistry

The average duration of study for a PhD degree is 5-6 years. Graduates are well-rounded, independent scientists qualified to pursue careers in research in universities, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and government. In addition, PhD scientists may choose to focus on college teaching, research administration, science policy, or patent law. 

About the Curriculum

Background courses in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and integrative biology are taken during the first academic year. In addition, every student carries out short research projects in three different laboratories chosen by the student. This exposure to research not only gives the student broad research training, but also helps the student to select a thesis advisor at the end of the first academic year. In the second year, the student begins thesis research and takes 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 University.

Courses Repeatable for Credit

As well as taking all required courses, MS and PhD students may re-enroll in courses having the status “repeatable for credit" (such as journal club, seminar and research courses) for the duration of their program in order to meet the total number of credits required for graduation.

For more information about this program, including scheduling a plan of study, visit the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies website. 

MS Degree Requirements Non-Thesis Option

MS without Thesis: 36.0 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 502SBiochemistry 1st Lab Rotation4.0
BIOC 503SBiochemistry 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
BIOC 506SBiochemistry Journal Club1.0
BIOC 507SBiochemistry Seminar Series1.0
MCBG 506SAdvanced Cell Biology2.0
BIOC 508SExperimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems3.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MCBG 507SMacromolecular Structure & Function2.0
BIOC 511SWriting for Researchers: Grants and Papers1.0
Suggested Electives *
Select one of the following:2.0-4.0
Biochemistry 2nd Lab Rotation
Biochemistry 3rd Lab Rotation
Cancer Biology
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
Graduate Neuroscience II
Advanced Molecular Biology
CELL MOL PATHBIO CANCER ANGIOG
Graduate Physiology
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
Total Credits40.0-42.0

*

Additional courses from the Biomedical Graduate programs may be taken as electives. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies programs.

 

MS Degree Requirements Thesis Option

MS with thesis: 48.0 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 502SBiochemistry 1st Lab Rotation4.0
BIOC 506SBiochemistry Journal Club1.0
BIOC 507SBiochemistry Seminar Series1.0
MCBG 506SAdvanced Cell Biology2.0
BIOC 508SExperimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems3.0
BIOC 600SBiochemistry Thesis Research9.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
BIOC 511SWriting for Researchers: Grants and Papers1.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MCBG 507SMacromolecular Structure & Function2.0
Suggested Electives *
Select one of the following:2.0-4.0
Biochemistry 2nd Lab Rotation
Biochemistry 3rd Lab Rotation
Cancer Biology
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
Advanced Molecular Biology
Graduate Neuroscience II
CELL MOL PATHBIO CANCER ANGIOG
Graduate Physiology
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
Total Credits50.0-52.0

*

Additional courses from the Biomedical Graduate programs may be taken as electives. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies programs.


PhD Requirements

The program requires the completion 96.0 semester credits. During the third year, students develop a plan for their doctoral research in conjunction with their thesis advisor. A formal, written thesis proposal is then presented to the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee. Acceptance of this proposal after oral examination by the Committee leads to the final stage of doctoral training. PhD candidates then spend the majority of their time on thesis research. After concluding their research, they must submit and publicly defend their thesis before the Thesis-Examination Committee.

Required Courses
BIOC 502SBiochemistry 1st Lab Rotation4.0
BIOC 503SBiochemistry 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
BIOC 504SBiochemistry 3rd Lab Rotation4.0
BIOC 506SBiochemistry Journal Club1.0
BIOC 507SBiochemistry Seminar Series1.0
MCBG 506SAdvanced Cell Biology2.0
BIOC 508SExperimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems3.0
BIOC 511SWriting for Researchers: Grants and Papers1.0
BIOC 600SBiochemistry Thesis Research9.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MCBG 507SMacromolecular Structure & Function2.0
Suggested Electives *
Students are required to take a minimum of one of the courses from the following list:2.0-4.0
Cancer Biology
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
Advanced Molecular Biology
Graduate Neuroscience II
CELL MOL PATHBIO CANCER ANGIOG
Graduate Physiology
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I

*

 Additional courses from the Biomedical Graduate programs may be taken as electives. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies program.


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