This Biochemistry program at South Dakota State University is unique in that a student can chose their dissertation research over a broad range of research projects available in the Department or in the laboratories of participating program faculty at the Sanford and Avera Research Institutes in Sioux Falls, SD. 
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The Department’s biochemistry faculty research programs focus on the chemistry and biochemistry of cell membranes, multi-scale modeling of signal transduction in macromolecular assemblies, development of FRET-imaging technologies to measure the location and dynamics of direct protein interactions, biophysical chemistry underlying cell-surface control of leukocyte function, structural biology, proteomics, protein function, the cellular biochemistry of disease and cancer, and photobiochemistry.

Courses offered in the Ph.D. in Biochemistry program at South Dakota State University  curriculum are taught in a variety of formats which address student learning outcomes. 

Didactic (lecture) methods ensure the development of advanced knowledge of chemistry. Practical (laboratory) methods ensure the development and maturation of laboratory skills and training and these opportunities are developed in the research laboratory. 

A combination of didactic and practical methods ensures the successful completion of the graduate dissertation research project.

The partnerships with these research institutes also provides a unique opportunity for research that translates basic science into clinical treatments that directly impact patients.

Career Opportunities

  • Research staff in the chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries
  • Scientists in governmental biomedical research institutes and regulatory agencies
  • College faculty

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications for admission no later than January 15.  Initial offers of admission will be made no later than the first week of February.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits

    you can also choose a 90 credit plan

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Advanced Molecular Biology 
  •  Cell Biology (COM) 
  • Biophysical Chemistry 
  •  Principles of Biochemistry 
  • Laboratory Rotations in Biochemistry 
  • Seminar (COM) 
  • Research Regulations Compliance 

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A one- to two-page personal statement which includes a description of undergraduate research, work experience, or other factors demonstrating a propensity toward graduate studies. The personal statement should also include a statement of the applicant’s career goals. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from faculty at the applicant’s undergraduate institution. Letters should come from faculty who are directly familiar with the applicant’s academic work. They must address the applicant’s scholarly potential and may also speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate studies in the discipline. Letters should come directly from the recommenders, who may submit their letters electronically 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
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  • National

    336 USD/credit
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Living costs for Brookings

  • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
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