Dual-Degree Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Dual-Degree Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is offered to current students with strong academic ability and achievement who seek careers in biological or biomedical science. Students can earn both Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in approximately 6 years.

Current students in the dual-degree program will be introduced to research in the School of Medicine and are assured of a place in the graduate program after 2.5 to 3 calendar years of undergraduate study provided they complete the coursework.

Undergraduates will have the opportunity to work with top-level research scientists in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and also in clinical laboratories with scientists that are associated with the department. They will conduct intensive laboratory work in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, or nutritional biochemistry starting as early as their first-year year. By spring of their junior year, students will prepare an undergraduate thesis as preparation for their entry into graduate school. At that time they will start taking graduate courses and continue to do research with a graduate faculty member.

To be considered, students must:
  • first be admitted to the University of Miami as a degree-seeking student
  • after enrolling at the University of Miami, complete entrance requirements as determined by the academic department. You may contact the program director/office below for information on post-enrollment entrance requirements.
For more information on the Dual-Degree Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, contact:

Dr. Thomas K. Harris
Director, Undergraduate and Medical Education
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gautier Building, Room 111

Dr. Sapna Deo
Director, Graduate Studies and Molecular Medicine Pathway
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gautier Building, Room 239DB

Conditions you must meet to remain in the program and advance to our graduate program upon completion of your undergraduate career:  
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Required courses are Organic Chemistry plus labs I/II (CHM 201/205/202/206), Genetics (BIL 250), Cell and Molecular Biology (255), College Physics I/II (PHY 101/106/102/108), Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences (BMB 401), Biomedical Case Studies (BMB 506), BMB 507 (Protein Structure, Function, and Biology), Molecular Biology of the Gene (BMB 509), and two semesters of undergraduate research (BMB 545).
  • GRE score of 1200 or better.
  • Proven ability to do research.