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Biochemistry, Ph.D.

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University rank #401 (ARWU) Provo, UT, United States
The Biochemistry PhD degree offered by the Brigham Young University prepares independent scientists to perform and to supervise creative research in biochemistry and molecular biology. 
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The PhD degree in Biochemistry offered by Brigham Young University requires some course work, but the emphasis is primarily on original, creative research leading to a dissertation and to quality publications in scientific journals. The PhD biochemist is prepared for a wide range of career opportunities that involve independent thinking and supervisory responsibilities in industry, government, or academia.  

Productive and Ethical Contributors

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the necessary skills to become productive, ethical, and independent scientists. They will be prepared to further their educations through postdoctoral training, enter industry, and/or begin an academic career. This broad outcome is further elaborated in outcomes 2-5.

Critical Evaluation of Current Research

Program graduates will understand and critically evaluate current research in biochemistry. Coursework that builds upon the students' undergraduate education will provide the initial steps to achieve this outcome. Continued critical reading of current literature is essential for reaching this outcome.

Proficiency in Laboratory Techniques

Program graduates will demonstrate proficiency in laboratory techniques necessary to contribute to knowledge in biochemistry.

Effective Writing, Communication, and Presentation

Program graduates will learn to effectively write scientific manuscripts describing their research and to make oral presentations of their research at scientific meetings.

Research Skills

Program graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify new research opportunities, plan effective strategies for pursuing these opportunities, and conduct research that contributes in a meaningful way to current knowledge in biochemistry or related areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Scientific Writing and Professional Ethics
  • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry
  • Safe Chemical Practices
  • Current Topics in Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Graduate Thesis/Dissertation

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Required Tests

  • GRE general test is required, GRE subject test in chemistry or biochemistry is recommended.

Additional Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent preparation in chemistry
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34480 USD/year
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  • National

    34480 USD/year
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  • In-State

    27400 USD/year
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Living costs for Provo

  • 944 - 1640 USD/month
    Living Costs

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The goal of the GMA program is to enable students (both undergraduate and graduate) to participate in a scholarly project that is of extraordinary and potentially life-changing experiential significance that would not be possible without funding from Graduate Studies.

Funding is limited to a maximum of $15,000, depending on the resource needs of the proposed project, and must be restricted to direct support of the proposed project.  The application must include an itemized budget.

Proposals are initiated by faculty and submitted to the dean of their respective colleges.  The dean will evaluate the proposals and submit their rank-ordered proposals to Graduate Studies no later than 16 January, 2018. 

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