Students admitted to graduate study in biochemistry usually pursue the Doctor of Philosophy.
The Master of Science program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.
The Master of Science program in biochemistry requires a minimum of 32 s.h. of graduate credit, thesis research, and a thesis. Work for the master's degree provides a research-based mentored program, and M.S. students must complete a thesis that details prior work. See Biochemistry, Doctor of Philosophy in the Catalog for information about the graduate curriculum.
Individuals interested in admission to the M.S. program should contact the Department of Biochemistry to inquire about admission to the master's program. All applicants must be able to identify a biochemistry faculty member that will sponsor and support them.
The graduate program in biochemistry is flexible enough to accommodate students with bachelor's degrees in any of the biological, biochemical, or physical sciences. Appropriate preparation includes one-year, college-level courses in organic and physical chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics through calculus. Students are expected to have had one or more introductory courses in biochemistry.
Applicants must have an undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and must submit acceptable verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants are encouraged to submit their scores on the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry; Biology; or Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
The University of Iowa's biochemistry program offers solid preparation for careers in medicine, biology, chemistry, dentistry, research, or related sciences. Biochemists with advanced degrees work in teaching and research. They also pursue administrative careers at universities, medical schools, hospitals, government laboratories, private research agencies, biotechnology companies, and in food, drug, cosmetics, chemistry, petroleum, and other industries.
The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.