United States Ph.D. in Biochemistry Doctorate Programs
Find Doctorate Programs in Biochemistry such as Ph.D. Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, or a Doctorate, Cell and Molecular Biology Doctorate, and Biochemistry and Biophysics Ph.D.s below.
Biochemistry is a vibrant, dynamic discipline that embraces the study of biology from the point of view of chemistry. Historically, biochemistry evolved as a distinct field from two separate sources: agriculture, which required understanding of plant and animal metabolism to increase crop and animal productivity, and medicine, which required understanding of human metabolism to prevent and cure disease. Today, biochemistry graduate curriculums are at the forefront of many careers that help to keep human, animals and plants free of disease.
Biochemistry Ph.D. Coursework
Students of biochemistry Ph.D. programs can choose one of many biochemistry concentrations. They learn that biochemistry is the foundation upon which humans have grown to understand biological processes. Biochemistry courses focus on helping equip students with the skills they need to contribute to the many advances being made in medicine for both human and animals, as well as in genetic engineering, biotechnology and agriculture.
In recent years, the science of biochemistry has advanced as new technologies have enhanced research opportunities. Some exciting areas of biochemistry research include: structural biology (which uses the tools of X-ray crystallography and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine three-dimensional structures of
macromolecules), biophysics (which uses the tools of physics to assess the detailed function of proteins and nucleic acids), genomics (which uses high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques to allow the total information content of a genome to be determined) and proteomics (which uses high precision mass spectroscopy to
identify the total protein content of a cell or an organelle).
Molecular biology is another popular biochemistry concentration. It evolved from a technique established solely to manipulate DNA, to a field that embraces all aspects of the function of nucleic acids in living organisms. Today, both molecular biology and biochemistry Ph.D students continue their highly interdisciplinary traditions of drawing from physics, chemistry and biology to understand the basic processes of life from the atomic, to the molecular, to the cellular levels.
Biochemistry Ph.D. students can expect to be required to use of mathematics and physical sciences to probe the tightly-held secrets of biology. Students might engage in coursework in bioenergetics, analytical biochemistry and enzyme kinetics. They will be required to do extensive research, as well as participate in laboratory rotations.
Almost all biochemistry curriculums at the Ph.D. level are research-oriented, as students are encouraged to move in their studies from classes to independent research. In recent years, biochemistry Ph.D. programs have also expanded to encompass business-oriented degrees, such as the professional science masters (PSM) that allow students to combine higher-level science classes with business classes.
Potential Careers for Ph.D. Biochemists
Biochemistry careers have traditionally been academic, including teaching and research appointments in colleges and universities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-secondary teachers earned a median annual salary of $68,970 in 20121.
There might also be exciting biochemistry career opportunities in regulatory agencies in government, non-profit organizations and health care. The BLS reported that the 2012 median annual salary for biochemists and biophysicists was $81,480. A PhD degree in biochemistry is normally required in many of these careers, though it is still possible to find a position with a masters degree2.
There may also be potential career opportunities for biochemists in the pharmaceutical industry, or in bioengineering. In additon, with the introduction of business-oriented degrees such as the PSM, those who have an interest in biochemistry as well as business may have an opportunity to enter the business world as managers with a firm grasp of the science or technology of the companies for whom they will work.
- Villanova, PAVillanova, PA
Villanova University's Master of Science in Chemical Engineering program is intended to supplement the education of full-time practicing chemical engineers. The curriculum is built around a core of chemical engineering fundamentals and is designed to...
- Villanova, PA
- San Antonio, TXSan Antonio, TX
University of Texas Health Science Center At San Antonio
The Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Graduate Program is a multidisciplinary program comprised of seven disciplines across basic science and clinical departments.
- San Antonio, TX
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
City University Of New York, The Graduate Center
Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary science that draws upon fundamental chemical theory and research techniques as the basis for exploration into the...
- Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
- New York City, NYNew York City, NY
Cornell University Weill Graduate School Of Medical Sciences
The Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS) programs in Biochemistry & Structural Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Molecular Biology are collec...
- Seattle, WASeattle, WA
University of Washington
- Memphis, TNMemphis, TN
University of Tennessee - Memphis
- New Haven, CTNew Haven, CT
Part of the Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS).
- Greenville, NCGreenville, NC
East Carolina University
- University, MSUniversity, MS
University of Mississippi
Join us for graduate study at a university where the people are friendly, the size is not overwhelming, and where you can study with nationally known scholars. All of this in Oxford, MS, which is consistently, listed by USA Today as one of the top colle...
- Lawrence, INLawrence, IN
University of Kansas
The graduate program in biochemistry at the University of Kansas combines an established tradition of academic excellence with a curriculum that provides a thorough and substantive preparation for professional careers in biochemistry.
- Lawrence, IN
- Waltham, MAWaltham, MA
The Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics offers advanced education in the principles and practice of macromolecular chemistry, mechanism, and structure. All aspects of this program are aimed at the questions: how do macromolecules work? How d...
- Waltham, MA
- Waltham, MA
- South Orange, NJSouth Orange, NJ
Seton Hall University
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Seton Hall University is the intellectual home to 14 faculty, over 80 undergraduate and 140 graduate students. Our location in the heart of the Tri-state area affords unique opportunities for interactio...
- Boston, MABoston, MA
This specialization offered by the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) trains students in the design and synthesis of novel biologically active compounds and in the study of their mechanisms of action using biochemical, biophysical and pharmacological appro...
- College Park, MDCollege Park, MD
University of Maryland - College Park
Applicants should have completed an undergraduate program of study with strong emphasis on chemistry and/or biology with appropriate supporting courses in Mathematics and Physics. Before obtaining a degree in the program a student must demonstrate adequ...
- Clemson, SCClemson, SC
The Department of Genetics and Biochemistry offers the MS and PhD in both genetics and biochemistry and molecular biology. Graduate research in both programs includes human, animal, plant and microbial biochemistry and genetics, as well as molecular...
- Tucson, AZTucson, AZ
University of Arizona
- Bozeman, MTBozeman, MT
Montana State University - Bozeman
MSU is the perfect place for students who prefer a more intimate learning environment with frequent interactions between the students and the faculty. Instrumentation in the Department rivals the best in the nation. New Interdisciplinary Programs give s...
- Baton Rouge, LABaton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State University
The Biochemistry Program is administered through the Department of Biological Sciences. Recent state initiatives have contributed to significant growth in this program.
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
The Department of Biochemistry currently accepts three or four Ph.D. candidates per year, with a total of 12 to 16 students enrolled at any one time.
- Baltimore, MDBaltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the study of the molecular and genetic bases of cellular processes. Our faculty conducts research to increase current knowledge of the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of normal and abnormal cellular processes.