The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers two degrees:
Original research performed under the direction of a dissertation advisor plays a major role in these degrees. The dissertation research helps the student acquire the necessary critical thinking ability, technical skills, originality, and independence for a future career as a scientist. The program emphasizes oral presentation and grant writing skills as well. It is through participation in an aggressive research program that the graduate trainee makes the transition from student to professional colleague.
Ph.D. students perform research rotations with three Biochemistry & Molecular Biology department faculty members (two for M.S. candidates) during the first year of graduate study. Students choose a thesis advisor by the end of the first year, and begin their full-time thesis research by the summer between the first and second years of study.