Curriculum & Roadmap

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is home to an inquisitive and diverse community of scholars with a common interest in biochemistry and biophysics. On successful completion of the program, our PhD students are equipped to address pressing scientific challenges through cohesive application of both empirical and theoretical methods.

Our PhD students must complete at least 96 credit hours, accumulated through a combination of traditional coursework, journal clubs, and dissertation research.

Year 1

You will take your core coursework and solidify your broad understanding of biochemistry, biophysics, and genetics. All students must complete three 5-week laboratory rotations before selecting a research group to host their pre-candidacy term. You will also begin your teaching requirement, which is a critical part of your scientific development.

Prerequisite coursework

Orientation week

Core Coursework

During your first year, you will establish an advanced knowledge in biochemistry, biophysics, and genetics. You will also develop skills in critical scientific reading and gain greater exposure to a diverse array of research through laboratory rotations.





Lab rotations & research advisor

Advisory committee

Year 2

You will take six elective course credits, complete your second semester of required teaching, and sit the Preliminary Examination.




Dissertation proposal & preliminary exams

Year 3 and Beyond

Following advancement to candidacy, you will begin your dissertation research.


Spring, Summer, and Fall


More questions?

Contact the BCBP Graduate Office with questions regarding the application process:

+1 (979) 845-1013

Our graduate student community is strong

Our graduate students are at the core of who we are and what we do. Learn more about the Biochemistry Graduate Association (BGA) here!

No better place to live!

With the amenities of a big city but the feel of a small town, Bryan–College Station is a great place to do your graduate studies. Discover more about life as a student at TAMU.

Dedicated advising & tailored support

Our Advisory and Thesis Committees are here to help guide you through your graduate career.

A wide array of research opportunities

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics provides a highly collaborative and diverse research environment at one of the largest universities in the world