Biochemistry & Neuroscience
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Our Biochemistry & Neuroscience program is competitive, offers a broad selection of courses, and incredible research opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. Whether you are pursuing your M.S. or PhD, a graduate degree in Biochemistry & Neuroscience will help you achieve the future you desire.Degree Requirements
The graduate program in Biochemistry and Neuroscience supports training and research excellence in core areas including cellular and molecular neuroscience, drug discovery and bioanalytical chemistry. Our program contributes to the Biomedical and One Health Science community at the University of Alaska and seeks to better understand and develop technologies related to the Arctic. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in biochemistry and neuroscience to meet workforce demand within academia, industry, government and legal services.
Please contact core and associated faculty (listed below) to inquire about specific research training opportunities.
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If you are pursuing a PhD then you are required to take graduate courses, complete
a research-based thesis, and pass comprehensive and final oral examinations. We encourage
you to take a wide range of courses. Thesis research is undertaken in collaboration
with a thesis advisor who also chairs the your graduate advisory committee. The committee
helps advise on scientific and academic matters, oversees the various graduate exams,
and approves your thesis. You will choose your major advisor and committee during
your first year of graduate school.
As a Biochemistry & Neuroscience major you will have the option to concentrate in either biochemistry or neuroscience.
Generally, students are supported throughout their appointments, either by teaching assistantships in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, or by a research assistantship. The latter are funded by grants from the state or federal agencies secured by our faculty.
- Attain a level of technical ability and knowledge to function as professionals in your discipline.
- M.S. graduates will have performed research using technical and problem solving skills to contribute to their field. Doctoral graduates demonstrate that they can independently identify a problem and devise appropriate methods for its solution, contributing original knowledge to that field.
- Communication and presentation skills are consistent with professional standards.
- Obtain employment or continue education in the field following graduation.