Doctoral Degree Program
the Biochemistry program, research areas include DNA/RNA structure
and function, regulation of protein synthesis, and signal transduction.
Students admitted to graduate study in Biochemistry will typically
have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Students
with an undergraduate degree in a related discipline are expected
to have the following undergraduate preparation for graduate study
– beyond introductory chemistry and a year of organic chemistry,
at least one semester of analytical chemistry and one semester of
physical chemistry-thermodynamics and kinetics, with appropriate
math. Students without that background are expected to take courses
to fulfill those requirements as part of their graduate study.
Integrative Biology and Neuroscience
The graduate program in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience
is designed to train students in advanced organismal biology with
the emphasis on behavioral ecology, evolution, functional morphology,
endocrinology, and neurocience ranging from the sub-cellular, synaptic, and systems biology to the behavioral levels. The mission of the program
is to create scientists who are broadly trained and uniquely capable
of asking questions and solving problems at the interface of these
traditionally defined fields. Students admitted to the program should
have a basic knowledge of evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavioral
neuroscience, and/or behavioral ecology. Students will begin by
taking core courses providing a broad foundation in Integrative
Biology at the graduate level and will work toward a Ph.D. with
a concentration in either neuroscience or behavioral
and evolutionary ecology. Regardless of concentration, all students
in the program will develop an appreciation for the fact that all
aspects of biology, whether cellular, physiological, anatomical,
behavior, environmental, or social, are inextricably linked and
cannot be fully understood as separate, parallel systems of knowledge.
Cell and Molecular Biology
areas in the Cell and Molecular Biology program include microbial evolution
and genetics, plant and animal molecular genetics, developmental
biology, eukaryotic cell biology, and regulation of gene expression.
Students admitted to this program typically have an undergraduate
degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology.
Depending on the student’s undergraduate education, core courses
in cellular and molecular biology are first taken, followed by seminar
style courses in which journal articles from the current scientific
literature are read and discussed. This degree program is ideally
suited for individuals seeking biomedical research careers in academia,
industry, and government.