University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Biochemistry and Biophysics Ph.D.


Degree Specific Credits: 60

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • The Biochemistry and Biophysics doctoral program provides a dynamic environment where students engage in cutting-edge research in close collaboration with faculty.
  • Students will learn to apply the tools of physical biochemistry and structural biology to exciting problems through research projects with Biochemistry Program Faculty Members. 
  • The Center for Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics and related research provide a rich context for graduate studies in Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of Montana.
  • Additional requirements include an original research proposal and exam. 
  • Coursework for Biochemistry & Biophysics graduate students is determined by the Advisory Committee. Electives may be substituted, if appropriate, with the approval of the student’s Advisory Committee. All course work will normally be completed during the first two years of graduate study.

Course Requirements

Core Requirements
Complete all of the following courses:
BCH 581Physical Biochemistry3
BCH 582Proteins and Enzymes3
BCH 584Nucleic Acids3
BMED 605Biomedical Research Ethics1
Lab Rotations
Complete the following course:
BCH 570Intro to Research1
Complete 3 credits of the following courses:3
Biochemistry Research Lab
Special Topics
Cell Organization & Mechanisms
Advanced Immunology
Advanced Virology
Molecular Pharmacology
Drug Design
Organic Structure and Mechanisms
Special Topics
Intro to Bioinformatics
Neuroscience I
Topics in Neurobiology
Seminar, Data Club, and Research
Complete 46 credits of the following courses:46
Experimental Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology 1
Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar 1
Total Hours60

Students are required to register for 1 credit of BCH 547 and 1 credit of BCH 694 each fall and spring semester they are in the program.