Overview

There are three different tracks in which students may enter and progress towards award of the PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The first track involves admission through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS). Alternatively, students may apply and be directly admitted to the PhD program. Finally, the Executive PhD allows students to complete coursework and perform research at their place of work. In all cases, students are assisted in tailoring a program to match his or her interests. In general, students complete courses offered in a variety of formats, e.g., formal lectures, seminars, and workshops. Each BMB graduate program’s curriculum is designed to provide broad knowledge in the various aspects of molecular biology and biochemistry in addition to intensive training in certain specialized areas of research according to the student's interests.

Curriculum

Required Courses
BMB 701Research Journal Club.10-14
BMB 709Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 710Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3-5
BMB 714Molecular Genetics4
BMB 715Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery2
BMB 719Fundamentals of Epigenetics3
Research Credits35
BMB 830Doctoral Dissertation-
BMB 840Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy-
Total Credit Hours60-66

Suggested Plan of Study

Please note that the following is only a sample curriculum plan. Current students must discuss their plan with their program director to make adjustments as needed. It is the student's responsibility to contact the program to verify the information.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 714 Molecular Genetics 4
BMB 715 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery 2
BMB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 2
 Credit Hours9
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 709 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 719 Fundamentals of Epigenetics 3
BMB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 2
 Credit Hours9
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Two
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 710 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours6
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Three
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours5
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours5
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Four
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours5
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours5
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Five
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 4
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours64