Biological Sciences, MS, PhD, Certificate - Curriculum & Duration

Core Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS761 Advanced Cell Biology 3 credits
BS763
BS767
Cell Biology Methods/Cell Biology Methods Lab  3/2 credits
BS764
BS765
Biotechnology/Biotechnology Lab 3/2 credits
BS898 Graduate Seminar 1 credit
ST310a,
702, or 704
Statistics 3 credits

aThis course satisfies the requirement for statistical background but does not earn graduate credit for PhD students.   

Elective Courses

Courses from other programs may be elected with permission of the program director; it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill course prerequisites. MS students may take up to six didactic credits from undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400 level. MS students must complete at least 3 credits at the 800 level; PhD students must complete at least 6 credits at the 800 level.

Program electives include:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BI450 Bioinformatics I: Genomics 1 3 credits
BI451 Bioinformatics II1 3 credits 
BI4651
BI765
Microarray Technology 3 credits
BI4751
BI775
Proteomics1 3 credits
BS736 Advanced Pharmacognosy 3 credits
BS750 Virology 3 credits
BS752 Advanced Immunology 3 credits
BS786 Research Ethics 1 credit
BS790 Project in Cell Biology and Biotechnology1, 2 1 to 3 credits
BS820 Advanced Ethnobotany 2 credits
BS850 Metabolic Engineering 3 credits
BS860 Special Topics in Cell Biology and Biotechnology 2-3 credits
BS862 Biological Membranes 3 credits
CH727 Physical Biochemistry 3 credits
CH728 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
CH748 Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) 3 credits
CH811 Chemistry of Medicinals 3 credits
CH841 Special Topics in Biochemistry 2-3 credits
PY340 Biophysics I1 3 credits

1 Elective for MS programs only
2 Elective for MS, Professional and MS Thesis Biomedical Writing Certificate programs only

Cell Biology and Biotechnology, MS (non-thesis option)

In addition to the program core outlined above, electives for the MS non-thesis option may be chosen to enhance the student's career objectives or to allow exploration of additional areas of interest.

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS785 Introduction to Researcha 2-4 credits
BS790 Project in Cell Biology and Biotechnologyb 1-3 credits

a For the student who is contemplating a change to the MS thesis option or those interested in exploring research as a future direction.
b May be taken up to two times for credit.

Cell Biology and Biotechnology, MS (non-thesis option with Certificate in Biomedical Writing)

In addition to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following courses in Biomedical Writing. 

Course Number Course Name Credits
BW701 Professional Writing in Science 3 credits
BW704 Regulatory Documentation Process 3 credits
BW708 Regulatory Writing: New Drug Applications 3 credits
BW721
or
BW780
Regulatory Writing GxP Documentation
Regulatory Writing Special Topics
3 credits

Other biomedical writing courses may be chosen with the permission of the program directors of both the cell biology and biotechnology and the biomedical writing programs.

Electives from the cell biology and biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, or biomedical writing programs will be chosen to total 39 credits.

Cell Biology and Biotechnology, MS (professional option)

In addition to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following courses in the MBA program:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PB711 Managerial and Financial Accounting 2 credits
PB721 Managerial Finance 2 credits
PB731 Business Statistics 2 credits
PB741 Team Dynamics—Human Resources Management 2 credits
PB742 Leadership and Development 2 credits
PB761 Competitive Analysis and Strategic Business Planning 2 credits
PB762 Pharmaceutical Research and Development Management 2 credits
PB774 Ethical Issues in Pharmaceutical Business 2 credits

1Students pursuing the MS professional degree option may choose Business Statistics (PB731) to satisfy the program statistics requirement.

Elective(s) from the Cell Biology & Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, or MBA programs will be chosen to total 38 credits.

Cell Biology and Biotechnology, MS (thesis option)

In addition to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS785 Introduction to Research ± 2-4 credits
BS799 Master's Research 1-9 credits, 10 minimum

± Required at the discretion of the program director.

Cell & Molecular Biology, PhD

In addition to the program core outlined above, the PhD students will complete the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS785 Introduction to Research ± 2-4 credits
BS887 PhD Colloquium 1 credit
BS889 Doctoral Research 1-9 credits, 20 minimum

± Required at the discretion of the program director.

Students who contemplate submission of proposals for extramural funding or participation in such research are highly recommended to complete:

BS786 Research Ethics (Credits: 1).

Cell & Molecular Biology, DO/PhD

The courses required consist of the requirements of the first two years of the DO education, the core courses outlined above, a minimum of 20 credits of doctoral research, and electives that complete the required number of credits or as directed by the Research Advisory Committee. The PhD portion of this degree program follows the policies established for other graduate degree programs at USciences, including those that specifically refer to the DO/PhD degree option.

Certificate in Biotechnology

Students in the certificate in biotechnology program are expected to complete:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS466 Genetics 4 credits
BS764 Biotechnology 3 credits
BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory 2 credits
  Elective(s) 3 credits
CH341 Molecular Structure in Biochemistry § 3 credits

§Students who have completed a comparable course will be required to substitute one or more electives with credits that total at least 15 total credits.

Contact:

Peter B. Berget, PhD

Office Location:

McNeil Science and Technology Center, Room 342

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7417

Email:

p.berget@usciences.edu