According to the US News & World Report's Chemistry Specialty Rankings, University of California - Berkeley is the top ranked school for Biochemistry programs, followed by MIT (2nd) and Harvard (3rd).
University of California--Berkeley is ranked No. 1 for the specialty in US News, and ranked No. 4 in the NRC Ranking of Top US universities in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2007. Faculty of the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) participate in interdepartmental programs in chemical biology, structural biology, microbiology and toxicology.
The Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University offers a M.S. degree and Ph.D. program to prepare students for productive careers in biochemistry. Courses of study include Genomics and Medicine, Advanced Molecular Biology, Frontiers in Biological Research, Chemistry of Biological Processes, Molecular Interventions in Human Disease, Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences, etc. Stanford is ranked joint 4th with the University of California--San Francisco in the US News ranking of Biochemistry specialty, and it is rated 2nd nationally in the 2007 NRC Ranking of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Doctorate Programs (rated No. 3 in 1995).
Ranking of Top 10 Biochemistry Programs:
1 University of California--Berkeley
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3 Harvard University
4 Stanford University
4 University of California--San Francisco
6 Scripps Research Institute
7 University of Wisconsin--Madison
8 California Institute of Technology
9 University of California--San Diego
10 Yale University
Source: US News & World Report 2008 Edition
NRC Ranking of Best Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Doctoral Programs:
1 University of California–San Francisco
3 Stanford University
4 University of California–Berkeley
5 Harvard University
6 Yale University
8 University of Wisconsin
9 University of California–San Diego
10 Johns Hopkins University
10 Columbia University
Source: National Council Research Report 1995
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