Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Master’s degree students must complete at least thirty semester hours of coursework and must submit a thesis based on individual research. The thesis course may be counted as six of the thirty semester hours required for the degree. A minor of at least six semester hours is required, which may be in another area of chemistry, such as organic or physical chemistry, or in a related discipline, such as biology. No more than nine semester hours of upper-division coursework may be counted; these hours must be divided between the major and the minor field, with no more than six hours in the major field and three in the minor.

Courses required for the major in biochemistry are: Biochemistry 387D, 394, 395G, and 395J. Most students take two and one-half years to earn the Master of Arts.

Doctor of Philosophy

For admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, a student must complete the following courses with a grade of at least B- in each: Biochemistry 387D394395G, and 395J while maintaining a GPA of 3.0. Students are also required to complete two elective courses. Electives should be graduate level science courses in biochemistry, chemistry, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, physics, or related fields. Upper-level undergraduate science courses in areas outside of biochemistry may be used as electives, if appropriate for the student's scientific development, with the approval of the graduate adviser. Students must complete Biochemistry 192G six times and make five presentations, which is normally accomplished by the end of the third year of the graduate program. A qualifying examination designed to test the student’s knowledge of the basic principles of biochemistry must be completed within the first two years. A major part of this examination consists of a research proposal written in the form used for a National Institutes of Health grant application. The student presents and defends this proposal orally and is examined in terms of his or her ability to do independent research.

After the requirements for admission to candidacy have been completed, the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee petitions the dean of the Graduate School to appoint a dissertation committee. A student must do dissertation research under the supervision of a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. Generally this faculty member, chosen by mutual consent of the student and the professor, serves as chair of the dissertation committee.

Dual Degree Program

Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Medicine

This program is no longer accepting applicants.