These courses are required to complete a PhD in Biochemistry:
BICH 603 – General Biochemistry: This course covers metabolism and regulation, biochemical thermodynamics and kinetics.
BICH 605 – Methods of Biochemical Analysis: Understanding what different methods can do and how they work. This course covers experimental methods and practical issues in implementing them. Methods covered include spectroscopy, protein purification, electrophoresis, molecular biology, macromolecular interactions, and bioinformatics.
BICH 608 – Critical Analysis of the Biochemical Literature: In order to be a professional scientist you have to be able to figure out what is already known. No set of courses can encompass all the information in the scientific literature. This course teaches you how to read papers critically, about the interpretation of experiments and how to go beyond what the authors say.
BICH 624 – Enzymes, Proteins and Nucleic Acids: This course covers the physical and chemical properties of proteins and nucleic acids and the thermodynamics and mechanisms underlying how these important biological macromolecules interact with one another.
BICH 631 – Biochemical Genetics: The synthesis of biochemical and genetic approaches has provided powerful insights into how cells work. This class shows how these approaches complement one another for understanding mechanisms of gene expression, the structural organization of genomes and the dissection of biological processes.
Electives: All students are required to take 6 credit hours of elective courses. A choice of electives is available, ranging from short, intense 1 credit specialty module courses focused on a narrow topic to full 3 credit lecture courses. The decision as to which courses to take as electives is made by the student and the PhD advisory committee. This process allows customization of the curriculum to meet the specific needs of the students PhD research project.