|Admission Requirements and Financial Information
Requirements and Financial Information
who wish to enter a program of graduate study in the Department
of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSUHSC-S are expected to
have completed an undergraduate program with a cumulative grade
point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 system. Undergraduate course
credits should include:
(1) one year of general biology or biological science,
(2) one year of calculus,
(3) two years of chemistry, including one year of organic chemistry.
Physical chemistry is desirable as well.
(4) one year of physics
some cases, deficiencies in the above requirements may be removed
by taking appropriate courses during the first year of graduate
department also requires both the verbal and quantitative parts
of the Graduate Record Examination. A composite score of 1000 is
normally required. Students should take the Graduate Record Exam in October or December, if possible.
to making formal application for admission to the School of Graduate
Studies, the interested student should should complete the online Preliminary Application Form, or mail the printed version of the completed Preliminary
Application Form to the Department. In addition, the applicant should
arrange to have three letters of reference or Rating Forms (in this
folder) mailed directly to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology by faculty members who know the applicant well enough to
judge his or her potential as a graduate student. All correspondence
with the Department should be addressed to: Dr. Robert E. Rhoads,
Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
LSU Medical Center-Shreveport, P.O. Box 33932, Shreveport, LA 71130.
for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies
application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies may
be submitted after the Preliminary
Application Form has been received and approved by the Department.
The Application for Admission and two official transcripts from all colleges and universities
attended should be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies.
In addition, Graduate Record Examination scores are to be mailed
directly to the School of Graduate Studies. To be admitted to the
School of Graduate Studies, all foreign students must present scores
of 575 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
examination. Documents of personal financial responsibility are
also required of all foreign students before a student visa application
can be filed with the United States Immigration and Naturalization
Service. This process requires a minimum of three months and can
be initiated only after acceptance into the graduate program.
Tuition is $1,111 per semester and $606 for the summer for in-state residents and $2,361 per semester and $1,231 for the summer for out-of-state residents. Tuition is waived for students who are awarded stipends. Total living expenses for a single person are estimated at $10,000-$15,000 per year, excluding tuition.
Full-time graduate students within the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSUHSC-S receive financial support in the form of a Research Fellowship Stipend of $24,000. Some graduate students may be supported by funds derived from faculty research grants. In these cases, support is equivalent to the above stipend, including tuition waiver.
local community has a wide selection of single-unit, duplex and
apartment complex rentals. Shreveport newspapers carry advertisements
for room, apartment, and house rentals. A mail subscription to the
Shreveport Times (Newspaper Production Co., P.O. Box 222, , Shreveport,
LA 71130) may be obtained for $11 per month for Sunday papers only
or $14.25 per month for daily plus Sunday papers.
and condominiums are also available that overlook Cross Lake.
Job opportunities for spouses of graduate students are available.
Within the metropolitan area of Shreveport (population 350,000)
there is a wide range of private businesses and governmental agencies
that form a rich reservoir of positions for potential employment.
Information about positions at LSUHSC-S may be obtained from the
Personnel Office, LSUHSC-S, P.O. Box 33932, Shreveport, LA 71130.
There are many public and private schools in the area providing
opportunity for employment of spouses who hold teaching credentials.