Graduate Program

Our program offers students an excellent education towards the Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics. We do not admit students directly into an M.S. program, but Ph.D. candidates may also opt for an M.S. in Biochemistry.

Benefits of our program:

  • Beginning September 2015, a stipend of $26,000 per year, plus tuition and health insurance
  • flexible degree plan options
  • research rotations in 3 laboratories (optional 4th)
  • excellent research programs, facilities, and faculty
  • close cooperation between research groups in a collegial atmosphere
  • Highly active Graduate Student Organization (BGA)
  • SEC big-time college athletics

Typically, it takes 5-6 years to complete the PhD program. Over those years, you will experience both the structure of a formal classroom setting as well as the freedom of conducting your own research. Our goal in creating a flexible PhD program is for students like you to construct an experience tailored best for your growth.

First year

  • Formal coursework: Required core curriculum courses – BICH 603, 605, 608, 624, 631
  • Laboratory rotations: Research rotations in 3 laboratories, approximately 5 weeks per rotation
  • Select research laboratory and form PhD advisory committee

Second year

  • Formal coursework: Required core curriculum courses – BICH 681, Electives – 6 hours
  • Journal Club
  • Teaching: 1-2 semesters

Third year and onward

  • Journal Club
  • Research Proposal and Preliminary Examination for admission to PhD candidacy
  • Complete PhD thesis research
  • Final Examination and PhD defense