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Doctoral Degrees Offered: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Science (M.S.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Emphasis (for program use only): Biochemistry; Cell Biology; Computational Biology; Enzymology; Gene Regulation; Immunobiology; Metabolic Biochemistry; Molecular Biology; Nutritional Biochemistry; Plant Biochemistry; Signal Transduction; Structural Biology

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

  1. The Master's and Ph.D. degrees with thesis are designed to train students in the ability to independently conceive and carry out original research in an area of interest. Advanced degree graduates become qualified to pursue or to continue basic and applied research careers in academia, government, and industry
  2. Demonstrate understanding and thorough knowledge of the literature relevant to the area of study
  3. Define research objectives of significance and develop testable hypotheses related to those objectives
  4. Conduct research by appropriate means to test hypotheses
  5. Clearly and accurately communicate information (as for instance, in the publication of research findings or in classroom teaching)
  6. Understand how skills acquired by activities related to coursework, research, teaching, and scholarship facilitate the initial step toward a variety of lifetime career goals
  7. The Graduate Certificate learning goals are to provide graduates a mechanism for formal recognition of focused graduate study in a specialized area that is less comprehensive than required for a Master's degree

Doctoral Degree Outcomes

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Allison Ringholz
Phone: 515-294-3317
E-mail Address:


Application Deadlines: January 7 for full consideration for PhD rotation program that begins in the fall of that year. No deadline for direct admission in fall, spring or summer to a faculty research group for Master's or PhD.

Program Requires GRE: No

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
PTE 53
Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 105

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application

Mailing Address if needed:

Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Graduate Programs
1210 Molecular Biology Building
2437 Pammel Drive
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1079