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Grad Catalog 01-03


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies





Degrees Offered
Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

Research in biochemistry is carried out in the Biochemical Institute and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Facilities available through the department are listed in the description of the graduate program in chemistry.

Areas of Study

Graduate study in biochemistry is offered in a wide range of areas, including drug metabolism; nutritive aspects of human disease; metabolic regulation; structure and function of enzymes, toxins, and contractile proteins; mechanism and regulation of protein biosynthesis; cloning, sequencing, and site-directed mutagenesis of enzyme-coding genes; enzymology of DNA repair and replication; and biochemical taxonomy. Details are available from the graduate adviser.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2000-2001.

Creed W. Abell
Eric V. Anslyn
Dean R. Appling
Karen Browning
Steven D. Clarke
Kevin N. Dalby
Andrew Ellington
George Georgiou
Marvin L. Hackert
David W. Hoffman
Brent L. Iverson
Kenneth A. Johnson
Sean M. Kerwin
     G. Barrie Kitto
Robert M. Krug
Alan M. Lambowitz
Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu
Edward M. Marcotte
Stephen F. Martin
Jacek Nowakowski
Austen Fox Riggs II
Jon D. Robertus
Jason B. Shear
John J. G. Tesmer
Pamela J. Trotter
Christian P. Whitman

Admission Requirements

Students seeking a graduate degree in biochemistry must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in a cognate area, such as chemistry, biology, physics, or microbiology, with the following preparation: mathematics through one year of calculus; chemistry, including organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry; general physics; and biology, including cell biology. Deficiencies in undergraduate courses, if not too extensive, may be corrected during the student's first two semesters in the graduate program. These courses are usually not counted toward graduate degrees.

Degree Requirements

One semester of Chemistry 398T is required of all candidates for advanced degrees.

Master of Arts

Master's degree students must complete at least thirty semester hours of coursework and normally must submit a thesis based on individual research. The thesis course may be counted as six of the thirty semester hours required for the degree. A minor of at least six semester hours is required, which may be in another area of chemistry, such as organic or physical chemistry, or in a related discipline, such as biology. No more than nine semester hours of upper-division coursework may be counted; these hours must be divided between the major and the minor field, with no more than six hours in the major field and three in the minor. The Master of Arts degree with report is available for approved programs only.

Courses required for the major in biochemistry are Chemistry 387D or 387K, 394, 695C, and 695D. In general, one and one-half to two years are necessary to finish the Master of Arts.

Doctor of Philosophy

For admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, a student must pass, with a grade of B or better, six organized courses, including Chemistry 387D or 387K, 394, 695C, and 695D. A qualifying examination designed to test the student's knowledge of the basic principles of biochemistry must be completed within the first two years. A major part of this examination consists of a research proposal written in the form used for a National Institutes of Health grant application. The student presents and defends this proposal orally and is examined in terms of his or her ability to do independent research.

After the requirements for admission to candidacy have been completed, the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee petitions the dean of the Graduate School to appoint a dissertation committee. Doctoral students are required to register for six semesters of Chemistry 192G and make four presentations during that period. A student must do dissertation research under the supervision of a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. Generally this faculty member, chosen by mutual consent of the student and the professor, serves as chair of the dissertation committee.

For More Information

Campus address: Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL) 2.218, phone (512) 471-4538, fax (512) 475-8839; campus mail code: A5300

Mailing address: Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1167


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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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