Biochemistry Department

Graduate Program

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Henghong Li The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program offers both the MS and PhD degrees.

The goal of the graduate program is to prepare you for a career in science by expanding your knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, and by developing your ability for critical thought and creativity. The academic program emphasizes an in-depth study of the field with considerable flexibility to tailor your course selection to your own particular needs and special interests.

A large diversity of research programs is available from which to choose. Areas of research specialization include molecular biology, physical biochemistry, molecular endocrinology, plant biochemistry and molecular biology, signal transduction, and biomedical research. Each program prepares you well for either a research and teaching career in academia, or for a career in biochemical research at both the pure and applied levels in private, governmental or industrial laboratories.

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Undergraduate Preparation

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in physical, chemical, biological, or agricultural sciences at an accredited college or university are eligible to apply .

Students should have taken the following courses prior to beginning graduate study in biochemistry:

  • one year of calculus
  • one year of general physics
  • one year of organic chemistry
  • an introductory course in physical chemistry
  • at least two courses in biology at the upper division level
  • one course in genetics

If the physical chemistry course has not been completed before entering the program, students should plan to make up deficiencies soon after entering graduate school.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department of Biochemistry
1463 Boyce Hall

Department Chair's Tel: (951) 827-3598
Fax: (951) 827-2364
Email: Biochem@ucr.edu