5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Non-Departmental | Anthropology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern | Asian Studies | Astronomy
Biochemistry | Biology | Biological and Physical Sciences | Biophysics | Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Commerce | Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences
French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs | Health Evaluation Sciences | History | Linguistics
Mathematics | Microbiology | Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics | Music | Neuroscience
Pharmacology | Philosophy | Physics | Psychology | Religious Studies | Russian and East European Studies
Slavic | Sociology | Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | Surgery

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Course Descriptions | Departmental Degree Requirements

Departmental Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree   Candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics usually have a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biochemistry or biology, and have taken courses in introductory biochemistry, calculus, physical and organic chemistry, and physics. If you have not completed these courses, they must be completed within the year after your admission to graduate study. GRE test scores are required of all applicants.

A curriculum for formal study by each student is developed by conference with a committee of three faculty members. You must satisfy requirements in the areas of biochemistry, advanced chemistry, cell biology, gene expression, and mathematics in addition to electives in areas of special interest. You will submit and orally defend a written research proposal at the end of the second year of residence. Formal course study other than seminars will usually be completed within the first two years. Formal demonstration of knowledge of a foreign language is not required for a graduate degree in biochemistry.

The thesis advisor is chosen after completion of rotations in two or more laboratories, normally at the end of the first year. A research committee, including the advisor, is formed at this time. Research for the dissertation is regarded as the major training of the candidate. The final examination for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy is devoted entirely to a defense of the dissertation by the candidate. Generally the Ph.D. program is completed in five years.


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