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Biological Sciences, MS, PhD, Certificate
Our understanding of cellular and molecular systems is increasing at a breakneck pace. So is the demand for professionals trained in manipulating genes, cells, and their products in technical and research environments.
Our biological science graduate degree and certificate programs offer the in-depth knowledge that private-sector companies and public-sector laboratories seek. Your degree can also lead you to advanced training in medicine or other scientific disciplines.
From mapping genomes to manipulating cells to developing biotechnology that can save lives and safeguard our planet, this is a thrilling new era for the biological sciences. With a graduate degree in Cell Biology and Biotechnology from USciences, you will gain hands-on experience at the leading edge of an ever-evolving field. You will learn the same techniques and technologies that are being used in industry and private research labs. And, you will work alongside world-class faculty in the region’s only science-focused university. Four options are available for the MS program.
The Thesis Option requires completion of a research project and a thesis. The Non-thesis Option requires course work only. The Non-thesis Professional Option targets students who may fast-track to a management-level position within a current or desired company. Finally, the Non-thesis Option with Certificate in Biomedical Writing is ideal for those who wish to pursue the area of regulatory writing.
We are living in a new golden age of the biological sciences. Rapid advancements in biotechnology are leading to entirely new fields of research. At USciences, PhD students work side-by-side with acclaimed faculty researchers on pioneering projects in cellular and molecular biology. The PhD program is richly interdisciplinary, taking advantage of the broad range of expertise found at a science-focused university. PhD projects not only incorporate elements of both cell and molecular biology, but also microbiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and more.
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.
If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or related fields, the Biotechnology Certificate from USciences will give you the specialized knowledge and hands-on skills to pursue a rewarding career in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Build on your existing scientific foundation with courses in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and cell biology, and gain valuable lab experience with molecular manipulation and biomolecules. The Biotechnology Certificate is excellent preparation for a competitive job market or enrollment in an MS or PhD program.
What Sets Us Apart?
- Our small size adds a level of agility across lab and course work. We offer new perspectives
and techniques that keep pace with the industry, along with experiences that rival
the largest institutions.
- Get hands-on experience with the same instruments and techniques employed by the most
sophisticated industry research labs.
- Faculty and PhD students regularly collaborate with researchers and practitioners
across the USciences campus and the region, forging a vibrant and cross-disciplinary
- The coursework and research opportunities at USciences are excellent preparation for
a research-intensive career in both academia and private industry.
- Few comparable institutions can match our level of individual attention or the hands-on,
practical experiences we offer with relevant techniques and technologies.
- With our integrated BS/MS and BS/PhD degree programs, you can obtain your graduate degree in less time than a traditional program.
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Amanpreet Kaur PhD'17 Says Cancer Biology Program Uniquely Prepared Her in Quest for Researching a Cancer Cure
June 13, 2017
On a search to find a cure for cancer and other diseases, Amanpreet Kaur PhD'17 said a unique program between USciences and The Wistar Institute helped prepare her for that noble task.
Dr. Zachary Klase Receives $2.1 million Grant from NIDA for HIV Research
May 25, 2017
With a focus on HIV/AIDS research, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Zachary A. Klase, PhD, was selected to receive the prestigious Avenir Award, a $2.1 million, five-year grant, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in May 2017.
USciences Students Win Awards at Alpha Chi Honor Society Convention
May 11, 2017
Two USciences students who attended this year's Alpha Chi Honor Society Convention in Louisville, KY last month, came home with awards.
Brewing Science Program Teams Up with Yards, St. Benjamins for Two Different Collaboration Brews
April 10, 2017
The brewing science program teamed up with Yards and Clarkville to create Bitter Landlord and crafted Kite Club Ale with St. Benjamin Brewing Company.
USciences Students Gain Pathway to a Nursing Career Through Villanova Nursing
March 31, 2017
The BSNExpress program is a 14-month, second degree program that incorporates all the standard components of the nursing program in a concentrated timeframe.
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