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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2003-2005 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Biochemistry 115 Programs  

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The joint graduate program in biochemistry at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School provides high-quality graduate training in biochemistry. There are two appropriate undergraduate routes that prepare a student well for graduate study in biochemistry. The most obvious is an undergraduate concentration in biochemistry itself. Alternatively, a student could major in either biology-particularly molecular biology, cell biology, or microbiology-or chemistry-particularly organic chemistry or physical chemistry. Whichever major the student declares in this second route should be accompanied by a minor in the other discipline. Applicants also are expected to have studied mathematics through calculus, and to have completed one year of physics, and analytical and physical chemistry. Those who lack one or two of these prerequisites may complete them without graduate credit after admission to graduate school. Applicants also are required to take the general and subject tests of the Graduate Record Examination.*

This program involves several departments and more than one institution. It covers a variety of research areas in biochemistry and molecular biology that include regulation of DNA replication and transcription, virus gene expression, gene expression in development and differentiation, tumor biology, molecular genetics, structural biochemistry, plant molecular biology, signal transduction and molecular targeting, cell cycle control, membrane biochemistry, protein chemistry, muscle biochemistry, and enzymology. Faculty members are drawn from the departments of molecular biology and biochemistry, chemistry, cell biology and neuroscience, and applied microbiology and plant physiology, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, and the Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment at Rutgers. Other faculty members come from the departments of biochemistry, neuroscience and cell biology, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, and microbiology and molecular genetics at UMDNJ. Additional faculty members are drawn from the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, a joint center operated by Rutgers and UMDNJ.

The Ph.D. program has been updated to address the recent remarkable developments in molecular biology and biochemistry. It requires a minimum of 30 credits of course work and 42 credits of advanced research. Ph.D. students take a common first-year core curriculum as described under the molecular biosciences heading within this chapter. The course requirements for the Ph.D. include 16:115:501 Biochemistry (3 credits); 16:115:502 Biochemistry (Molecular Biology) (3 credits); 16: 115:613,614 Seminar in Biochemistry (2 credits); 16:160:537 Biophysical Chemistry I (3 credits), or its equivalent; 16:695:601 Advanced Cell Biology (3 credits); 16:695:615,616 Laboratory Rotation in Molecular and Cell Biology I,II (6 credits); and electives (6 credits). The above requirements may be coordinated with the requirements of the first-year core curriculum for the consolidated programs in molecular biosciences. The Ph.D. program also requires a minimum of one year of full-time research in residence.

Joint Ph.D. degrees are available in this program. See the Degree Programs Available chapter.

* Admission is handled by the consolidated graduate programs in molecular biosciences. For futher information, refer to the Molecular Biosciences heading within this chapter.


 
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