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What will I learn?

The certificate requires completion of a minimum of nine credit hours from the following list of courses. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the courses counting towards the Certificate. Related Virginia Tech courses not included in the list may be substituted. Course substitution requests must be approved by the certificate faculty in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products.

BCHM 5124 – Biochemistry for the Life Sciences
Basic principles of biochemistry including protein structure, enzymology, gene expression, bioenergetics, and pathways of energy metabolism. Not available to Biochemistry majors. I. (3H, 3C)

BCHM 5224 – Protein Structure and Function
Structure and function of proteins. Topics include special techniques in protein purification and characterization, techniques for studying protein structure, posttranslational modification of proteins and selected topics to study the structure-function relationship of proteins. Taught alternate years. I. (3H, 3C)

BCHM 5304 – Enzyme Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms
Analysis of the mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions using kinetic and spectroscopic measurements, inhibitors and other chemical probes, or enzyme modification via site directed mutagenesis. Development and interpretation of kinetic rate equations. Theory and models of enzymatic catalysis. II. Alternate years. (3H, 3C)

Which department am I in?

Virginia Tech

Study options

Full Time (9 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

18 January 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Degree-seeking applicants: The Graduate School requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better for admission to Certificate Status. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 may qualify for Commonwealth Campus admission. Non-degree seeking applicants: Applicants must meet the GPA of 3.0 for admission for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree.

For international students

Admission into the program for the Certificate in Biobased Materials requires:

A bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering discipline

English language Scores:

A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 90 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, sub-scores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: April 1; Spring: September 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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