University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Biochemistry (Doctor of Philosophy)


Students interested in Biochemistry are accepted through the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Science Program. The Biochemistry Department no longer directly accepts Ph.D. students.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination. Subject (advanced) portion not required but helpful. In addition: Year courses in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and physics (equivalent to CHEM 141/CHEM 142 or CHEM 143; CHEM 144, CHEM 162 and PHYS 015/PHYS 016); quantitative chemistry; mathematics preferably through differential and integral calculus, a year course in a biological science. If a physical chemistry course has not been taken previously, a Ph.D. student must take Physical Chemistry (CHEM 162) in their first year (for which they do not receive credit toward the Ph.D. degree).

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Successful completion of a Phase I, II and III exams are required for advancement to candidacy.

Minimum Degree Requirements

A total of seventy-five credits, including twenty-three credits from graduate courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry including BIOC 301, BIOC 302, BIOC 309, BIOC 310 and BIOC 370, as well as participation every semester in the biochemistry seminar BIOC 381; two upper level courses selected from BIOC 351, BIOC 352 or BIOC 353; nine additional credits in the physical or biological sciences; thirty-five credits of doctoral dissertation research BIOC 491.

See the Department of Biochemistry Link out of catalogue site. website for more details.