Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
907-474-5510
www.uaf.edu/chem/

M.S., Ph.D. Degrees

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Minimum Requirements for Degrees: M.S.: 30 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits

Biochemistry and molecular biology is an interdepartmental program administered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with research support through the Institute of Arctic Biology. A broad range of biomedical research experiences are available including molecular and cellular neuroscience, proteomics, protein structure-function and molecular toxicology. The arctic environment provides additional research opportunities in environmental biochemistry, adaptations and molecular genetics.

UAF faculty and affiliate faculty at collaborating institutions provide a rich academic environment encompassing both research and comprehensive course offerings. Students with career interests in biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, environmental health, genetics and biomedicine are encouraged to apply. Students are normally accepted with financial support (fellowships, research assistantships and/or teaching assistantships) along with tuition waivers.

Graduate Program -- M.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following three core courses:
    CHEM F654--Protein Structure and Function--3 credits
    CHEM F657--Molecular Foundations of Gene Expression--3 credits
    CHEM F674--Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics--3 credits
  4. Complete a research thesis.
  5. Minimum credits required--30 credits

Graduate Program -- M.S. Degree with Neuroscience Option

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following three core courses:
    CHEM F654--Protein Structure and Function--3 credits
    CHEM F657--Molecular Foundations of Gene Expression--3 credits
    CHEM F674--Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics--3 credits
  4. Complete the following neuroscience course:
    BIOL F617--Neurobiology--3 credits
  5. Complete a neuroscience research thesis
  6. Minimum credits required--30 credits

Graduate Program -- Ph.D. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following three core courses:
    CHEM F654--Protein Structure and Function--3 credits
    CHEM F657--Molecular Foundations of Gene Expression--3 credits
    CHEM F674--Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics--3 credits
  4. Complete three electives.
  5. Complete Ph.D. dissertation.
  6. Complete two seminar series (CHEM F692).
  7. Minimum credits required (including core courses)--38 credits

Graduate Program -- Ph.D. Degree with Neuroscience Option

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following three core courses:
    CHEM F654--Protein Structure and Function--3 credits
    CHEM F657--Molecular Foundations of Gene Expression--3 credits
    CHEM F674--Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics--3 credits
  4. Complete three electives with two of the electives in neurosciences.
  5. Complete Ph.D. dissertation in a field of neuroscience.
  6. Complete two seminar series (CHEM F692).
  7. Minimum credits required (including core courses)--38 credits

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