• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The two degrees that are offered are distinguished mainly in emphasis: a degree in Biochemistry emphasizes the chemical and physical basis of biological systems while a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology emphasizes how molecules contribute to and regulate biological processes. Differences in coursework reflect these different emphases.

This Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program offers two majors: Biochemistry, overseen by the chemistry department, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, overseen by the biology department. These majors from University of Puget Sound are designed to serve the needs of students who are interested in graduate study in related fields, medicine and other health professions, or employment in industries involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, scientific research, and agricultural development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Biochemistry and molecular biology are closely related. Both are interdisciplinary, with foundations in chemistry and biology, but there are critical distinctions in what are considered their respective goals. The biochemist wants to understand the chemical basis of biological systems. 

He or she uses physical and chemical methods to investigate questions about how electrons, atoms and molecules behave in biological systems. The molecular biologist, in contrast, is more interested in identifying the molecules involved in various processes and understanding how these molecules interact with one another as they perform cellular tasks.

 A convenient way to express this idea is that a biochemist looks at interactions from the molecular level and smaller whereas the molecular biologist looks at interactions from the molecular level and larger.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Common Application: Complete the Common Application, including the essay and $60 application fee, and submit your application online by the appropriate deadline.
  • Member Questions and Writing Supplement: Please fill out this section completely. If you agree to fill out the test-optional essay questions then you will need to fill out the Writing Supplement. 
  • School Report: The School Report gives us information about your school, your curriculum, and your performance. 
  • Counselor and Teacher Evaluation: We request one recommendation from a counselor or advisor at your current school and one from a teacher at your current school.
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized Tests

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51470 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    51470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51470 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tacoma

  • 1000 - 1580 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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