Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  Around Campus, Announcements

By Letty Fernandez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create a Master of Science (MS) degree program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The new program will be offered this fall, and will allow students to pursue an advanced degree that will prepare them for jobs in the biotechnology industry – to include biomedical, pharmaceutical and agricultural biotechnology, and health and environmental sciences – and for entry into doctoral programs.

Dr. Parwinder Grewal, UTRGV executive vice president for Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development, said the new MS is an exciting interdisciplinary graduate program.

“In addition to our current graduate programs in Biology and Chemistry, this new program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will provide a more focused and more in depth laboratory training for students seeking to enter into medicine, health and biomedical professions, and academia,” he said.

The program will be housed in the UTRGV College of Sciences, and will utilize faculty from the Biology and Chemistry departments.

University officials say the first year of the program will produce 10 majors, with growth projected at 10 annually thereafter.

Dr. Mohammed Farooqui, interim dean of the College of Sciences, said they expect graduate students in the new major to come from already existing Chemistry, Biology and Health-related majors.

“The new program is highly versatile, leading to opportunities in a broad range of areas,” he said.

This degree is consistent with the goals of UTRGV and of The UT System by providing an advanced graduate-level degree to prepare students with skills required to assume leadership roles in the growing medical/bio-medical research arena.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.