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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. (CIP 26.0202)


The Doctor of Philosophy degree is conferred only for work of distinction in which the student displays original scholarship. The Graduate School of LSUHSC-S and the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology maintain a program that provides students the opportunity to distinguish themselves within a chosen field of study. Students are trained to recognize significant biomedical problems, to design experimental approaches to solving these problems, and to communicate their results to the scientific community.

Course Requirements

All students are required to complete 20 credit (cr) hours in courses for which a letter grade is assigned. These 20 cr hours will consist of 14 hours derived from the core curriculum and 6 elective cr chosen from other letter-graded graduate courses. In addition to the elective courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, students may choose as electives any of the interdisciplinary (IDSP) courses, or those offered by other basic science departments of the School of Graduate Studies that assign a letter grade upon completion of the course. Taking courses outside of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is optional unless mandated by a student’s advisory committee. However, decisions regarding electives must be made in conjunction with the advisor or advisory committee.

Core Requirements

The Program for obtaining the Ph.D. is tailored to the requirements individual students, but the core requirements for all students are:

Additional Course Requirements

In addition to the formal courses described above, several required courses have a satisfactory/unsatisfactory decision, rather than letter grade, assigned upon completion of the course. These courses include the following: