The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers programs of graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  The M.S. program is designed to provide a background in analytical and experimental biochemistry and includes a Master's Thesis.  The Ph.D. program is designed to provide a more comprehensive knowledge of the biochemistry and molecular biology of living organisms and includes the research and training experience necessary for the development of independent investigators.  A wide selection of research opportunities exists in the department in various areas of biochemistry and molecular biology, including DNA replication, gene regulation, cell-cell communications, structural biology, receptor endocytosis & protein trafficking, nutrition, enzymology, endocrinology, and metabolism (protein, lipid, and carbohydrate).