The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the College of Medicine enjoy a strong graduate program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This program is one of seven advanced interdepartmental concentrations that make up our college-wide graduate program in Biomedical Sciences. Faculty in the department are actively engaged with the graduate students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program in their research laboratories, courses, and journal clubs. We offer a diverse range of courses including courses in Molecular and Cell Biology, Physical Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Metabolism, and Regulation of Transcription. Within this program, students can take a variety of courses or focus their coursework in areas such as Molecular Biology or Structural Biology.
The MS program is designed to provide students necessary skills to obtain positions within the private and government research sectors. Our MS program is also designed to provide the background necessary for entry into competitive PhD or other professional school (MD, DVM, DDS, etc) programs. It is anticipated that students will complete the MS program within 6 semesters of starting the program
The PhD program in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is designed both to provide students with fundamental graduate-level training and to provide flexibility in tailoring a course of studies to fit with a student’s research interests. During the first year of studies, students take required coursework and do three six-week laboratory rotations. The rotations give students the opportunity to work in research laboratories of three different BMB faculty to aid in the selection of a research advisor. By the end of the first year, students select a research advisor, and in the second and subsequent years, the major focus of the graduate program is on supervised research. Students can pursue a broad range of research projects. In the second year, students begin working on dissertation projects in a research laboratory, prepare for a qualifying exam, and complete required coursework. The qualifying exam must be completed by the end of fall semester of the third year. After passing the qualifying exam, students officially advance to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The average time students require to complete a Ph. D. degree in the BMB program is about 5 years. A detailed outline of the program requirements can be found on the BMB Program of Study page.