Biochemistry, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 21 credits of coursework, with 19 credits completed by the end of the fourth semester. 

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to the coursework below, students must pass an oral defense of a written research proposal,  presentation of a seminar, complete an independent research proposal.

Post-Candidacy: Students must complete 12 credits of BCHM899 Doctoral Dissertation Research and successfully defend a publication-quality dissertation that advances the field.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
BCHM671Protein Chemistry and Enzymic Catalysis3
BCHM675Biophysical Chemistry3
BCHM661Nucleic Acids I2
BCHM662Nucleic Acids II2
BCHM699Special Problems in Biochemistry2
BCHM677Computational Tools in Biochemistry1
BCHM698Literature Seminar in Biochemistry2
Electives with advisor approval (minimum of 4 credits)4
Dissertation Research Requirements
BCHM899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits33

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