What is it?
Why was it created?
This program is intended for students who love doing biochemical research and challenging themselves in the classroom. In general, students who have engaged in significant hands-on research and who are ahead in their plans of study are more likely to complete the rigorous requirements of this program within the normal 4-year time frame of a Bachelor’s degree. Although not required, credit from Advanced Placement exams or dual credit coursework taken in high school is likely to be beneficial in completing the standard Biochemistry curriculum and the requirements of the certificate within 4 years.
Participants will take 10 credits of graduate coursework during their senior year at Purdue:
Fall: BCHM 60100 (Critical Thinking and Communication in Biochemistry I)
BCHM 60501 (Macromolecules)
Spring: BCHM 60200 (Critical Thinking and Communication in Biochemistry II)
BCHM 61000 (Regulation of Eukaryotic Gene Expression)
These are the required first-year courses for graduate students in Biochemistry at Purdue. As a result, students who successfully complete the graduate certificate program and enroll in the PhD program in the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue will begin the program as second-year student. Students may consider petitioning other post-baccalaureate institutions for transfer credit in their respective programs, but the policy of accepting such transfer credit will be determined by the other program and not by the Department of Biochemistry.
3.50 GPA or higher
8 credits of research in biochemistry (or equivalent experience)
Two letters of recommendation (one from undergraduate research advisor and one from another faculty member)
Statement of purpose (how the graduate certificate program fits into your career goals)