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

Core Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS761 Advanced Cell Biology 3 credits
BS763 1 Cell Biology Methods 3 credits
BS764 Biotechnology 3 credits
BS765 Biotechnology Laboratory 2 credits
BS767 Cell Biology Methods Laboratory 2 credits
BS860 Special Topics in Cell Biology and Biotechnology 2-3 credits
BS887 PhD Colloquium 1 credit
BS898 Graduate Seminar 1 credit
ST702, or 704 Statistical Principles in Bioassay or Statistics for Research 3 credits

1PhD only 

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 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
BI765 2 Microarray Technology 3 credits
BI775 2 Proteomics 3 credits
BS750 Virology 3 credits
BS786 Research Ethics 1 credit
BS790 3 Project in Cell Biology and Biotechnology 1 to 3 credits
BS860 Special Topics in Cell Biology and Biotechnology 2-3 credits
CB811  Cancer 1 credit
CB812  Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer 1 credit
CB813 Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 1 credit
CB880 Molecular Screening 2 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

2 Elective for all MS options only
3 Elective for MS non-thesis with biomedical writing certificate only

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

The MS non-thesis option is a coursework-based degree in which the student completes a minimum of 30 credits.

In addition to the program core outlined above, the MS non-these student may elect:

The 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 a Introduction to Research 2-4 credits
BS790 b Project in Cell Biology and Biotechnology 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)

The student who desires to pursue the certificate in biomedical writing must secure the written approval of the biomedical writing program director to pursue this option. This degree requires completion of 30 didactic credits.

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
BW780 Special Topics in Biomedical Communication 1-3 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.

Cell Biology and Biotechnology, MS (professional option)

This degree requires completion of 36 didactic credits. 

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 c 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

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

Cell Biology and Biotechnology, MS (thesis option)

Each MS (thesis) option student completes a minimum of 20 credits of didactic courses and 10 credits of research. The MS thesis option is a research-focused degree in which the student completes a research project under the mentorship of one of the program faculty members and defends that thesis to the program faculty.

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

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS785 d Introduction to Research  2-4 credits
BS799 Master's Research 1-12 credits, 10 minimum

d Required at the discretion of the program director.

Cell & Molecular Biology, PhD

The department offers a PhD degree option in cell and molecular biology. The degree requires completion of 20 didactic credits and at least 20 credits of research. The degree is a research-focused degree in which the student completes a body of novel and significant research that will result in a written dissertation that is defended before the program faculty. In addition, PhD students are expected to present the results of the research efforts in professional meetings and through publication.

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

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS785 d Introduction to Research 2-4 credits
BS889 Doctoral Research 1-2 credits, 20 minimum

d 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

USciences has partnered with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to offer a combined doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO)/PhD cell and molecular biology degree. The degree is designed to train physician scientists to perform fundamental research on human health issues, speed translational research to clinical practice, or develop related approaches. The degree consists of a 2-3-2 model of education, combining two years of medical education, three years of research in the cell and molecular biology PhD program resulting in a body of novel and significant research that is defendable as a completed dissertation, and two years of clinical experiential education; students in this degree program must complete the PhD degree requirements before proceeding to the clinical experience. The degree requires completion of 20 didactic credits and at least 20 credits of research. Students may choose a mentor from among the graduate faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences or affiliated faculty members at PCOM.

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

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS785 d Introduction to Research 2-4 credits
BS889 Doctoral Research 1-2 credits, 20 minimum

d Required at the discretion of the program director.

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 e 3 credits

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

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