What will I learn?

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.

Student learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate expertise (breadth and depth) in chemical biology
  • Demonstrate appropriate ability to design and conduct experimental research
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze data critically and to design experiments independently
  • Develop competency in the responsible conduct of research
  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills

Concentrations available

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biology of Cancer
  • Bioorganic Chemistry

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 72 graduate level credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,741.00 per year

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

Start date

18 August 2020, 19 January 2021


College of Humanities and Sciences

828 West Franklin Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission.

Students must present a satisfactory GPA score of a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 30 semester credit hours in chemistry or biology.

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Fall - Mar 15; Spring - Nov 15.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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


About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond