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The Scripps Research Institute Restructures Its Top-Ranked Graduate Programs

La Jolla, CA. October 28, 2003 - Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving basic biomedical sciences, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, CA announced today the restructuring of the graduate programs at its Kellogg School of Science and Technology. Starting this fall, TSRI will combine its two existing graduate programs into one - offering a Ph.D. with separate tracks in biology, biophysics, chemistry, and chemical biology. The newly named TSRI Doctoral Programs in Chemical and Biological Sciences will offer Ph.D. candidates a wider range of courses and increased flexibility in course selection.

"[The restructuring] will take advantage of TSRI's scientific strengths and position our students to be leaders in science now and decades from now," says Jeffery Kelly, Ph.D., dean of the school and vice president for academic affairs. "The new curriculum prepares student for a scientific environment that is ever-changing, fast-paced, and integrated across disciplines."

Previously, TSRI offered two largely independent graduate programs: Chemistry, and Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry (MCSC), which were ranked sixth and ninth in the nation, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, TSRI's graduate chemistry program was ranked second in the specialty of organic chemistry.

Beginning with the entering class of the TSRI Doctoral Programs in Chemical and Biological Sciences, students will select from among four curricular tracks:

  • Chemistry Track: This closely aligns with the previous program in organic chemistry.

  • Chemical Biology Track: This track is tailored for chemists who seek preparation in molecular biology, cell biology, and biophysics.

  • Biology Track. This is loosely aligned with the previous MCSC program and enables students to take more chemistry courses.

  • Biophysics Track. This will serve numerous students who want to focus on the structural, kinetic, thermodynamic, and computational aspects of biology.

In addition, the new program promotes a well-rounded scientific education by implementing uniform grading, laboratory rotation, and more aligned qualifying examination requirements.

The proposal for curriculum changes was endorsed by a vote of the faculty and students and approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

More information on TSRI's Doctoral Programs in Chemical and Biological Sciences at The Kellogg School of Science and Technology is available at:

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