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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

Estados Unidos

¿Qué aprenderé?

The University of Tennessee Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) trains graduate students in the fundamentals of scientific research. The department provides an excellent graduate education with a highly diverse graduate population. The program offers: a) high-quality graduate coursework in the form of lectures, lab courses, and seminars; b) participation in high impact, fundamental research at the cutting edge of the molecular and cellular biological sciences; and c) diverse teaching opportunities with active mentoring to improve their teaching skills. The BCMB faculty is committed to fostering a strong mentoring environment for all of their students that will maximize their subsequent career opportunities in diverse career paths.

Research in BCMB covers scales from atomic to molecular to organismal and includes research on diverse experimental systems. The expertise of our faculty is varied and encompasses biochemistry, cell biology, biophysics, molecular genetics & biology, physiology and computational/mathematical biology. This diversity creates many opportunities for collaborations that span multiple disciplines.

Academic Standards

Petitioning for a Master’s Degree

Students who have passed the comprehensive examination in the PhD program and have completed at least 30 credit hours of approved course work for graduate credit, at least two-thirds of which must be at or above the 500-level, may petition the department for award of a master’s degree. The additional requirements for such a degree are:

  • Preparation of a research manuscript suitable for submission for publication in a major scientific journal and oral defense of that manuscript before an examining committee of three faculty members appointed by the head of the department, at least two of whom shall be members of the department or
  • Publication of at least one full-length paper in a major scientific journal as first author.

¿En cuál departamento estoy?

College of Arts and Sciences

Opciones de estudio


Costos de estudio
US$31.798,00 por año
Fecha de inicio

23 Agosto 2023, 22 Enero 2024


College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,



37996, United States

Requerimiento de entrada

Para estudiantes de Estados Unidos

GPA of at least 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) on Master’s level coursework, shown in official transcripts.

Para estudiantes internacionales

Applicants for graduate study are expected to have a background equivalent to that required of undergraduate majors in this department. This includes knowledge of the basic principles of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics and physiology. Requirements for admission are

  • One year of general biology or the equivalent.
  • A minimum of 8 credit hours of approved biology courses beyond the introductory level and including the subject areas of genetics, cell biology and physiology.
  • Two years of chemistry including one year of general chemistry and one year of introductory organic chemistry with laboratory.
  • At least one semester of biochemistry.
  • One year of calculus.
  • One year of physics.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

Application Deadline: Spring: June 15

Puede haber diferentes requisitos de IELTS en función del curso elegido.


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