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Biochemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #651 (QS) , LA,
The Department of Biological Sciences offers research-oriented M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry at the Louisiana State University. Qualified students usually enter the Ph.D. program without first earning a M.S. degree. 

About

The Department of Biological Sciences is primarily housed in the Life Sciences Building, that recently was expanded by a major addition, and Choppin Hall, which also houses the Department of Chemistry. 

The Laboratories are designed for conducting modern research in diverse fields including biochemistry and molecular biology; cell, organismal and integrative physiology; ecology, systematics, and evolutionary biology; plant biology; microbiology and molecular genetics. 

Several large facilities with technical help and state-of-art instrumentation facilitate research at LSU and include laboratories for Functional Genomics (DNA sequencers, real time PCR, Scan Array and Microarray equipment), NMR analysis and mass spectrometry (Kratos high-resolution, Finnigen tandem, and Bio-Ion Plasma Desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometers), and confocal, light and electron microscopy (in the Socolofsky Microscopy Center). 

The Biochemistry at the Louisiana State University prepare students for professional careers in biochemical research and teaching. Research interests within the department encompass a broad range, including cell and molecular biology, virology, plant biochemistry, enzymology, and protein, DNA, and carbohydrate molecular biophysics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    54 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Plant Molecular Biology 
  • Plant Growth and Development 
  • Plant Metabolism 
  • Selected Topics in Plant Physiology 
  • Population Ecology 
  • Community Ecology 
  • Molecular Evolution 
  • Systematic Biology 
  • Marine Ecology 
  • Mechanisms of Eukaryotic Gene Regulation 

                  English Language Requirements

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                    6.5

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                    79

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                    550

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                    59

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                  Academic Requirements

                  You need the following GPA score:

                  Required score: 3

                  Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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                  General Requirements

                  • Statement of purpose
                  • Curriculum vitae
                  • Official transcripts
                  • A copy of the name page of your passport
                  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents 

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    29443 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
                  • National

                    29443 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
                  • In-State

                    12528 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 12528 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                  Living costs for Baton Rouge

                  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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