Biochemistry

Biochemistry

Overview

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences offers the following degrees: the joint bachelor of science/master of science, the master of science and the doctor of philosophy.  Research programs are available in eukaryotic gene regulation, reproductive physiology, molecular population genetics, macromolecular interactions, cell signaling pathways in cancer and leukemia, evolution of eukaryotic genomes, glycobiology, protein kinases and phosphatases in plant signaling, structure/function relationships in macromolecules, proteomics and epigenomics, DNA repair mechanisms, etiology of vascular disease and sensory transduction.  Opportunities also exist for interdisciplinary research in marine biochemistry, biochemical nutrition and cell biology.

Degree Options

M.S. Degree - Students will meet the Graduate School’s 30-credit minimum for the master’s degree.  In addition, they will be expected to complete a thesis (6-10 credits) on a basic research problem or to prepare a report or publication based on original research in biochemistry or molecular biology.  They also must pass an oral examination based on the thesis or project report and on the graduate courses completed in the degree program.

B.S./M.S. Degree - Students will complete thirty credits of graduate level (800-999) coursework (including dual-credit courses).  Six to 8 credits of graduate-level courses must be taken during the senior year and are applied to both the B.S. and M.S. requirements.  All other requirements for the M.S. degree must be followed.

Ph.D. Degree - Students will complete significant, original independent research, culminating in a thesis for submission to the Graduate School.  A minimum of two semesters of Doctoral Research (BCHM 999) is required.  In most cases, students are expected to finish their Ph.D. degrees within four to six years of admission to the graduate school.

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