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Program Timeline

Below is an overview of a typical degree progression; individual student degree plans may vary.


Program Requirements



During the first nine months in the program, BCH graduate students are required to perform rotations in the laboratories of ILS-affiliated faculty. These rotations broaden laboratory experience and will help students find the research area and permanent laboratory that best suits them. You are required to spend at least 20 hours per week working in the rotation lab. At the end of each rotation, the faculty member completes a rotation evaluation of the your performance. These evaluations are shared with the Graduate Advisor and determine whether you will receive credit that semester for research hours.

Choosing a research advisor and a dissertation research project are some of the most significant decisions students will make in graduate school. To help make an informed decision, students are encouraged to:

  • Attend seminars by faculty members.
  • Read publications by faculty members.
  • Meet individually with faculty members.
  • Consult with other graduate students.

Rotation Schedule for 2020-2021 fiscal year

  • September 1 - October 16, 2020 (Virtual)
  • October 19 - December 18, 2020 (In-person)
  • January 4 - March 12, 2021 (In-person)
  • March 21 - May 21, 2021 (In-person)

Note: The above rotation schedule has been revised to include an additional virtual rotation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020/21 rotation schedule and may be subject to additional change based on public health conditions and guidance from the University.

Students must join the laboratory of a Ph.D. mentor after completing all required rotations. Beginning June 1 after the first-year, financial support is then coordinated with the permanent lab.

Program Handbook

The 2020-21 Biochemistry Graduate Program Student Handbook is available here.

The handbook is the primary source for detailed information about program requirements, policies, and procedures. Students should read the handbook annually in order to familiarize themselves with important information related to their enrollment in the doctoral program.

Resources that Support a Safe and Inclusive Campus

The BCH Graduate Program, the University of Texas, and the College of Natural Sciences want all graduate students to benefit from supportive, inclusive, and safe classroom and research experiences. The following resources are available to support this goal:

Read more about the Molecular Biosciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the College of Natural Sciences' commitment to equity and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.