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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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What Kind of Bacteria Are on the Bottom of Our Shoes?
July 10, 2018
Jason Heindl PhD, assistant professor of biology, helped to guide Jenn Frederick from Fox29's Good Day Philadelphia through the kind of bacteria cultivated from the morning show team members' shoes.
Mentorship in USciences' Lab Helps High School Student Advance Research
April 05, 2018
With the guidance of Dr. Heindl, Zhong was able to advance her hypothesis and explore how the bacteriophage viruses can communicate with each other.
Undergraduate Research Festival Celebrates Student Scholarship
March 23, 2018
The Undergraduate Research Festival sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) celebrated the breadth of research projects being conducted by undergraduate students and their faculty mentors in a variety of labs and classrooms across campus. The three-day event formally began with ribbon cutting ceremonies by President Dr. Paul Katz.
Jaspal Brar BI’18 Presented with USciences Founders' Day Student Award of Merit
February 21, 2018
The award is presented to an outstanding student who "exemplifies the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of USciences' founders."
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