The Department of Genetics and Biochemistry offers the Ph.D. in both Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; as well as a professional M.S. in Biotechnology. 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.