Biochemistry - MS, PhD

College of Science

About This Degree

Biochemistry researchers at USU are studying the fundamental structures and functions of a range of biological systems.

Ongoing projects include the elucidation of mechanisms of a number of enzymes and metalloenzymes involved in nitrogen metabolism, utilization and degradation of hydrocarbons, post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation and methylation, and the assembly of macromolecular enzyme systems. Departmental research impacts a diverse range of phenomena including understanding global energy and element cycles, bioremediation, and human health and disease.

Research programs are consistently funded by national agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Energy.


At a Glance

College: College of Science

Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Faculty: View profiles of faculty members on the department directory.

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Chemistry is a versatile degree. While many of USU’s graduate alumni enter the fields of research and academia, the following options are also available to chemistry graduates:

  • Chemistry
  • Ethnobotany
  • Environmental law
  • Patent law
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Oceanography
  • Forensic science
  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Agrochemistry
  • Military systems

Job Outlook



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Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: ML 140B
Phone: (435) 797-1618

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Admission Requirements

Prospective students in the graduate programs must have undergraduate degrees in chemistry or biochemistry.

Application Requirements:

  • USU Graduate School Application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proof of English proficiency, if applicable
    • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5 overall
    • Minimum TOEFL Score: 79
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts

The GRE is NOT required for admission to our program.

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Due to the nature of graduate course sequences, it is highly recommended that students enter the graduate program in the fall semester. The application deadline for fall admission is February 15th.

Program Requirements

In the weeks prior to the first academic semester, new students must participate in the graduate student orientation program. New students are required to attend a safety workshop and departmental orientation sessions, take departmental competency examinations, and receive academic advising. Students receiving a teaching assistantship must attend training sessions administered by the School of Graduate Studies. The scheduling of these events will be announced well in advance.

PhD Qualifying Exams:

PhD students must take both written and oral candidacy examinations. The written examination ensures that students have a broad understanding of chemistry and the depth of knowledge in their chosen fields required for PhD work. The written examination must be passed before the oral examination is attempted.

Plan Options

Students can receive the MS degree by pursuing the Plan A option which includes graduate-level coursework and the publication of a thesis.

Financial Aid

First-year graduate students are awarded a $1,000 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Fellowship. Tuition waivers and health insurance offered at a subsidized rate (80% covered) are provided for the duration of MS/PhD program.

Assistantships are also available. Teaching assistants devote an average of 20 hours per week directing undergraduate laboratories, grading, and assisting students with questions during the regular two-semester academic year. Research assistantships are funded from individual faculty research grants and support students conducting research related to the grant projects. Although first-year students are not normally supported as research assistants, well-prepared students may be eligible for research support at the discretion of their major professor.

A variety of funding opportunities are available on the graduate school website.

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