The Department of Genetics and Biochemistry offers the Ph.D. in Genetics and the Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Graduate research in these programs includes human, animal, plant, and microbial biochemistry and genetics, as well as molecular and biometrical genetics.
The majority of students are accepted as teaching assistants, and select an adviser and begin their thesis research after a 1 year, 3 laboratory rotation. Students accepted as research assistants forgo the rotation period but must be accepted by a research adviser before admission. An advisory committee, selected by the adviser and the student, determines the student's course work requirements, keeps track of the student's progress in the classroom and laboratory, and administers the final examinations. Although course requirements vary for each division, breadth and depth of preparation are expected of each candidate in his or her chosen discipline.
Students are kept abreast of recent developments in Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology through seminars, colloquia, journal clubs and special courses. Much of our student's education is received informally through frequent discussions with faculty and other students, both within and outside the department. Our students frequently present research results at regional and national scientific meetings, publish in recognized journals, and submit grant proposals alone or in collaboration with faculty members.
Every student accepted into our Ph.D. program is guaranteed financial support in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including summers. Currently, each student is paid a minimum of $20,000 a year, along with a subsidy to offset the cost of health insurance.
Clemson is a very affordable place to live and most students find that our stipend provides a high standard of living.
The Department of Genetics and Biochemistry is housed in the Biosystems Research Complex and Life Sciences Facility. These facilities offer large research facility suites and house the Clemson University Genomics Institute and the Clemson University Cell Analysis Laboratory.
Along with a microscopy and histology center, isotope-handling facilities, a bioinformatics center, and many other accommodations for researchers, the department is at the forefront of cutting-edge research.
Clemson is a wonderful place to live. The City of Clemson is located in Pickens County, situated in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. Clemson is home to over 12,000 residents, making Clemson a town with a small, cozy feel yet located in close proximity to both the natural beauty of lakes and mountains as well as the resources of big cities.
Clemson is home to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and Lake Hartwell. Boating, water skiing, and fishing are popular activities on the lake.