Learning Outcomes: Biochemistry, PhD
Learning Outcomes for the Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry
The Biochemistry Department has the following expectations and goals for graduates of its Ph.D. degree program: Many basic outcomes from Standards for the Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Recommendations of the Education Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry. TIBS(1989)14:205-209.
At the conclusion of the degree program students will be able to:
- Develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a specific area of biochemical research, which may include (but is not limited to) protein, nucleic acid and/or membrane biochemistry, cancer and molecular immunology, computational and quantitative biology, etc.
- Demonstrate independent and critical skills necessary to formulate specific experiments aimed at understanding molecular processes.
- Gain the necessary experience and skills to train others in the performance of experiments.
- Develop communication skills suitable to discuss scientific outcomes at a level for the layperson to understand but critical enough for peers. Typically, such training is developed through writing and editing scientific manuscripts, with input from a faculty advisor.
- Deliver effective oral and written presentations of the results and conclusions of experimental work.
- Be able to ask and answer questions within the research areas of Biochemistry.
- Develop skills and abilities for effective teaching of Biochemistry in a course room setting.
- Develop the skills and intellectual background to succeed at postdoctoral work in academics or in the commercial sector.
- Demonstrate ethical conduct within the research process and the responsibilities of the scientist.