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 Requirements

Ph.D. - PIBS Plan

Biomedical Science Core
PIB 700Journal Club1
PIB 701Introduction to Biomedical Sciences5
PIB 702Scientific Reasoning3
PIB 705Biostatistics for the Biosciences3
PIB 731Laboratory Research1-6
PIB 780Research Ethics1
PIB 782Professional Development: Skills for Success I1
PIB 783Professional Development: Skills for Success II1
BMB Required Courses
BMB 701Research Journal Club.8-14
BMB 702Biochemical Science Seminar6
BMB 709Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 714Molecular Genetics4
BMB 715Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery2
Research Credits24
BMB 830Doctoral Dissertation-
BMB 840Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy-
Total Credit Hours63-74

Ph.D. - Direct Admit

BMB Required Courses
PIB 705Biostatistics for the Biosciences3
PIB 780Research Ethics1
PIB 782Professional Development: Skills for Success I1
PIB 783Professional Development: Skills for Success II1
BMB 701Research Journal Club.10-14
BMB 702Biochemical Science Seminar8
BMB 709Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 714Molecular Genetics4
BMB 715Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery2
Research Credits27
BMB 830Doctoral Dissertation-
BMB 840Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy-
Total Credit Hours60-64

Ph.D. - Executive Plan

Required Courses
BMB 701Research Journal Club.10-14
BMB 709Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3
BMB 710Advanced Topics in Biochemistry & 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 Plans of Study

Ph.D. - PIBS Plan

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
PIB 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5
PIB 702 Scientific Reasoning 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 1
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 780 Research Ethics 1
PIB 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1
 Credit Hours12
Spring
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 705 Biostatistics for the Biosciences 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 1
PIB 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1
BMB 709 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 715 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Spring II Course) 2
 Credit Hours11
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Two
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 714 Molecular Genetics 4
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours8
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Three
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Four
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
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 Five
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
Spring
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
BMB 850 Research In Residence 0
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours63

Ph.D. - Direct Admission Plan

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
PIB 780 Research Ethics 1
PIB 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 714 Molecular Genetics 4
BMB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 2
 Credit Hours10
Spring
PIB 705 Biostatistics for the Biosciences 3
PIB 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 709 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
BMB 715 Structural Biology and Applications to Drug Discovery (Spring II Course) 2
BMB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 2
 Credit Hours13
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Two
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 710 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 3
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours7
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Three
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Spring
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Four
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
 Credit Hours4
Spring
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
BMB 702 Biochemical Science Seminar 1
 Credit Hours3
Summer
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours2
Year Five
Fall
BMB 701 Research Journal Club. 1
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
Spring
BMB 840 Doctoral Dissertation- Post Candidacy 2
BMB 850 Research In Residence 0
 Credit Hours2
 Total Credit Hours62

Ph.D. - Executive Plan

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 & 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