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Comparative Biochemistry, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
University rank #28 (QS) , CA,
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Comparative Biochemistry offers unique opportunities for students to obtain the Ph.D. degree in a broad range of disciplines that use biochemical and molecular approaches to problems in the biological sciences.

About

  • Opportunities for research exist with faculty from diverse departments and research units on the Berkeley campus including Molecular and Cell Biology, Nutritional Sciences, Plant and Microbial Biology, Chemistry, Public Health, Environmental Science and Policy Management, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Students proceed directly from the Bachelor's degree to the Ph.D. degree without taking the M.A. degree. The M.A. degree in Comparative Biochemistry is available only under exceptional circumstances. The Group operates under Plan I, which requires at least 20 semester units of upper division and graduate courses and a thesis. At least 18 of these units must be in graduate courses (200 series) in your major subject.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Biochemistry 
  • Molecular Biology
  • Enzymes/Metabolism/ Cell Biology Plant Microbial Bio
  • Physical Biochemistry
  • Other lecture courses 
  • Comparative Biochemistry Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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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).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to make early contact with individual faculty members in the group regarding research opportunities. 

The Graduate Division requires that all applicants submit a completed application, and:

  • undergraduate transcripts, and if applicable, graduate transcripts (you must have had at least a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA to apply for graduate studies at Cal);
  • three letters of recommendation with a Form G (no faxes or email will be accepted);
  • and proof of proficiency in English for international applicants.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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