Biochemistry Curriculum

Students entering the graduate program in biochemistry may have undergraduate degrees that satisfy all the prerequisites for these programs. However, in some instances the graduate program director will need to assign appropriate undergraduate courses to ensure that students are properly prepared for the graduate courses in their particular program.

For detailed course descriptions and other information about the curriculum, see the University Catalog.

Pre-requisites (all tracks)

Each student must present transfer credit, earn advanced placement credit by examination (the Qualifying Exams) or obtain credit in the following:

2 semesters of Calculus
2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with laboratory
1 semester of Analytical Chemistry
1 semester of Literature of Chemistry
1 semester of English Composition
2 semesters of Biochemistry
1 semester of Biochemistry Laboratory
1 semester of Physical Chemistry
1 semester of Cell Biology or Advanced Biochemistry
1 semester of Genetics

MS (Non-Thesis) Track

CH728 Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

CH888 Graduate Project

4 credits

BS763 Cell Biology Methods or CH727 Physical Biochemistry

3 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)1

12 credits
Additional 300-level or above courses (must be approved by advisor)

6 credits

Total Non-thesis Requirement

31 credits

MS (Thesis) Track

CH728 Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CH799 Research (variable credits, minimum of 13)

13 credits

CH802 Research Seminar

2 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH878 Introduction to Research

2 credits

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

BS763 Cell Biology Methods or CH727 Physical Biochemistry

3 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)1

6 credits

Total Thesis Requirement

32 credits

PhD Track

CH728 Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CH802 Research Seminar

2 credits

CH805 Critical Evaluation of Literature

1 credit

CH878 Introduction to Research

2 credits

CH880 Current Literature

2 credits

CH885 Grant Proposal Writing

1 credit

CH899 Doctoral Research (variable credits, minimum of 20)

20 credits

BS763 Cell Biology Methods or CH727 Physical Biochemistry

3 credits

Additional 700- or 800-level chemistry or biology courses (must be approved)1

7 credits

Total PhD Requirement

41 credits

1 At least one chemistry or biology lecture course must be at the 800 level, and CH 802 – Research Seminar may not be used to satisfy this requirement.