Graduate program director
Nicholas Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor and graduate director, chemical biology program, Department of Chemistry
Maryanne M. Collinson, Ph.D.
Professor and chair of graduate recruiting and admissions committee, Department of Chemistry
Program website: chembio.vcu.edu
Refer to the program search function of the online VCU Bulletins for a complete listing of all programs, concentrations and related curricular options.
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biochemistry
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biology
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in bioorganic chemistry
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
Chemical Biology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a concentration in biology of cancer
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission.
Graduate students in the program may receive financial support via teaching or research assistantships or fellowships available from the “home” department. No part-time students are accepted at this time.
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
Chemical biology presents a framework for the modern approach to studying the complexities of biological processes. It is already a leading focal point for research in the 21st century, integrating concepts and information from the molecular to the cellular level. This interdisciplinary degree program has participants from the departments of Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology within the College of Humanities and Sciences and the schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses and to conduct significant research.
|Courses ||Credit hours|
|CHEB 601 Chemical Biology I||3|
|CHEB 602 Chemical Biology II||3|
|CHEB 690 Research Seminars in Chemical Biology or CHEM 690 Research Seminar in Chemistry ||variable|
|CHEB 697 Chemical Biology Research Rotations ||variable|
|CHEM 693 Chemistry Perspectives and Ethics ||1|
|CHEM 697 Directed Research ||variable|
|Choose courses from list of recommended electives below in consultation with adviser. ||11|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||72|
 At least 18 credit hours of didactic course work must be completed.
 Students are expected to participate in their home department's seminar program.
 Students are expected to enroll in CHEB 697 or directed research (one credit minimum) every spring and fall semester.
 Students are expected to enroll in CHEM 693 within their first year of matriculation. Other courses may be used to satisfy this requirement in research conduct and ethics in consultation with the graduate program director.
 Students may also enroll in PHTX 697 for directed research credit hours.
 The list of recommended electives includes some typical courses taken in this concentration, but there is flexibility in designing a program of study in consultation with the adviser and graduate program director.
|Recommended electives||Credit hours|
|BIOC 606 Biochemical Control Processes||3|
|BIOC 500- and 600-level courses||3|
|BIOL 500- and 600-level courses||3|
|CHEM 500- and 600-level courses||3|
|CHEM 504 Advanced Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 506 Introduction to Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 604 Advanced Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 606 Advanced Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry||3|
|MEDC 500- and 600-level courses||3|
|MEDC 541 Survey of Molecular Modeling Methods||3|
|MEDC 670 Advanced Molecular Modeling Theory and Practice||3|
|PHTX 500- and 600-level courses||3|
|PHTX 536 Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology||3|
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.