Biochemistry Track Degree Requirements

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS - (in addition to completing first year requirements in BBSP)

  • Residency - be in residence at least 4 semesters
  • Course Load - carry at least 9 credits per semester for 2 years
  • Exams - successfully complete comprehensive qualifying exams (oral & written)
  • Defense - successfully defend thesis before an examining committee
  • Publication - complete original research accepted as first-authored publications
  • Teaching - serve one semester as a teaching assistant (recommend in 1st or 2nd yr)

Select ONE from the following:
TA in BIOC 107 or 108 for noncredit
TA in BIOC 107 or 108 for 2 credit hrs via BIOC 702 or 703
TA in other science departments on campus (e.g. Biology) with documentation of satisfactory performance

COURSE REQUIREMENTS - (term, # of credit hours in parentheses)


  • BIOC 701 Seminar Topics in Biochemistry (Fall, 2)
  • BIOC 712 Scientific Writing (Spring, 3)
  • BIOC 715 Oral Scientific Presentation (Summer, 1)
  • Complete an additional 6 credit hours from the core course options listed below:

Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOC 631 Advanced Molecular Biology I (Fall, 3)
BIOC 632 Advanced Molecular Biology II (Spring, 3)
BIOC 706 Biochemistry of Human Disease (Fall, 3)
Choose three from these modules to equal 1 core:
BIOC 740-745 Contemporary Topics in Cell Signaling (Spring, 1) *740-742 offered in odd years and 743-745 in even years

Physical Biochemistry
Choose from modules listed in the Biophysics Program Modules


  • 2 elective courses required (or a minimum of 4 credit hours)
  • Choose from any graduate-level course in a discipline supportive of biomedical research training (can include list of cores above, but courses taken as a core requirement in the department and BBSP cannot count as an elective).

Suggested Electives
BIOC 722 Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (Fall, 2) – combined course w/NBIO 722
BIOC 700 Origins of Life (Spring, 2)
BIOC 725 Signal Transduction (Fall, 2) – combined course w/PHCO 725
BIOC 805 Molecular Modeling (Fall, 3) – combined course w/MEDC 805
CHEM 733 Advances in Macromolecular Structure and Function (Fall, 3)
MCRO 614 Immunobiology (Fall, 3)
MCRO 630 Virology (Fall, 3)

More information on the Graduate School's Ph.D. Degree Requirements and Admission to Candidacy can be found in the Graduate School Handbook.