About the Program
The interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Comparative Biochemistry administers the PhD degree for students interested in a biochemical and molecular approach to problems in the biological sciences. Students work under the supervision of faculty from diverse disciplines including Molecular and Cell Biology; Nutritional Science and Toxicology; Plant and Microbial Biology; Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Public Health; and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Admission to the University
Applying for Graduate Admission
Thank you for considering UC Berkeley for graduate study! UC Berkeley offers more than 120 graduate programs representing the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary scholarship. A complete list of graduate academic departments, degrees offered, and application deadlines can be found on the Graduate Division website.
Prospective students must submit an online application to be considered for admission, in addition to any supplemental materials specific to the program for which they are applying. The online application can be found on the Graduate Division website.
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
Enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
For a list of requirements to complete your graduate application, please see the Graduate Division’s Admissions Requirements page. It is also important to check with the program or department of interest, as they may have additional requirements specific to their program of study and degree. Department contact information can be found here.
Where to apply?
Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page.
Doctoral Degree Requirements
Normative Time Requirements
Normative time is defined as the elapsed time in years that under normal circumstances would be needed to complete all requirements for the PhD degree assuming that the student engaged in full-time, uninterrupted study and is making desirable progress toward the degree. The normative time for Comparative Biochemistry is five years. Requirements include completion of course work, an oral qualifying exam, and a Ph.D. dissertation. Listed below is a sample of courses that students may take to satisfy the course requirements. The exact courses taken will vary depending on the student's research focus and goals.
|Courses Required (examples)|
|Advanced Biochemistry/Molecular Biology:|
|MCELLBI 110||Molecular Biology: Macromolecular Synthesis and Cellular Function||4|
|MCELLBI 200A||Fundamentals of Molecular and Cell Biology||3|
|Enzymes/Metabolism/Cell Biology/Plant Microbial Biology:|
|PLANTBI 200A||Plant Developmental Genetics||1.5|
|NUSCTX 250||Advanced Topics in Metabolic Biology||3|
|MCELLBI C214||Protein Chemistry, Enzymology, and Bio-organic Chemistry||2|
|MCELLBI 230||Advanced Cell and Developmental Biology||4|
|MCELLBI 206||Physical Biochemistry||3|
|CHEM 270A/270B||Advanced Biophysical Chemistry I||1|
|COMPBIO 294||Comparative Biochemistry Seminar||1|
|Grad Elective Courses per approved study list|
|Grad Elective Seminar per approved study list|
|COMPBIO 299||Graduate Research||1-12|
Graduate Group in Comparative Biochemistry
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