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Graduate students whose faculty advisors are affiliates of CBBS are eligible to pursue the Graduate Concentration in Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Successful completion of this rigorous, interdisciplinary program of study will be noted on the student’s transcript.  Students should contact the director of CBBS for more information about enrollment in the program. 

Master's and/or doctoral degrees may be earned in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology, and Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences.  All graduate degrees are obtained through a student’s home department, whose special requirements must be met.  Programs of study leading to the Concentration in Biochemistry and Biophysics are tailored to the individual needs and interests of the student.

At the M.S. level, the student must successfully complete five graduate courses (excluding thesis credit) dealing with biochemistry and/or biophysics, to be selected from the center's listing of courses. The student must also complete an approved research program dealing with a biochemical or biophysical topic and incorporate the results into a thesis, with the thesis committee to include one member of the graduate faculty of the center who is outside the student's department.

At the Ph.D. level, the student must complete eight graduate courses (excluding dissertation credit) dealing with biochemistry and/or biophysics, to be selected from the center's listing of courses. The student must also complete an approved research program dealing with a biochemical or biophysical topic and incorporate the results into a dissertation, with the dissertation committee to include two members of the graduate faculty of the center who are outside the student's department.

The specific courses dealing with biochemistry and/or biophysics which the student uses to satisfy the concentration requirements depend upon the student's goals.  All students are required to earn credit for CHEM 470, General Biological Chemistry, or CHEM 472, Biological Chemistry I.  Additional courses may be chosen from the list below with the approval of the student's departmental adviser and the director of the center.  Students may take cross listed courses in the department of their choice.

Courses:

CBBS Graduate Program Course List