Students admitted to graduate study in biochemistry usually pursue the Doctor of Philosophy. Qualified students interested in earning the Doctor of Medicine along with the Ph.D. may apply to the Medical Scientist Training Program, which offers a joint M.D./Ph.D. program.

The Doctor of Philosophy program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in biochemistry requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. Students complete 34 s.h. of course work and earn 38 s.h. of credit for research. The focus of the graduate program is on the individual student, so students work with the director of the biochemistry graduate programs to tailor the curriculum to their educational goals.

The Ph.D. in biochemistry requires the following work.

BIOC:5261Research Techniques (first-year laboratory rotation)1-5
Biophysical chemistry requirement (students typically earn 6 s.h.)3
Molecular or cellular biology requirement (students typically earn 6-8 s.h.)4
Graduate seminar3
Additional courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry and by other UI departments, as appropriate for a student's program of study13

Biophysical Chemistry Requirement

The following courses may be used to fulfill the 3 s.h. biophysical chemistry requirement. Students choose courses to meet their individual educational goals, completing one 3 s.h. course or a combination of three 1 s.h. courses (modules).

BIOC:5241Biophysical Chemistry I3
BIOC:5242Biophysical Chemistry II3
BIOC:5243Biophysical Chemistry I, Module I1
BIOC:5244Biophysical Chemistry II, Module I1
BIOC:5245Biophysical Chemistry I, Module II1
BIOC:5246Biophysical Chemistry II, Module II1
BIOC:5247Biophysical Chemistry I, Module III1
BIOC:5248Biophysical Chemistry II, Module III1

Molecular or Cellular Biology Requirement

The following courses are among those that students may use to fulfill the molecular or cellular biology requirement.

MCB:6215Transcription and Multi-Functional Regulation by RNA1
MCB:6217Epigenetics, Cancer, and Mouse Models of Disease1
MCB:6225Growth Factor Receptor Signaling1
MCB:6226Cell Cycle Control1
MCB:6227Cell Fate Decisions1
BISC:5201Fundamentals of Gene Expression1
BISC:5203Fundamentals of Dynamic Cell Processes1
BMED:5205Practical Bioinformatics1

Students take the comprehensive examination before the end of June in their second year, after which they are admitted formally to degree candidacy and begin to concentrate on thesis research. The program culminates in successful defense of completed thesis work before an examining committee.

In addition to meeting these requirements and those of the Graduate College, students are expected, as part of their training, to assist in teaching biochemistry for one semester.

Throughout the program, students are associated with faculty-directed research groups. They receive close personal attention from the biochemistry faculty members who serve as research advisors.

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.

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in biochemistry routinely receive a stipend and tuition support.

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.