Biological Sciences Program Options

Learn more about the program that’s right for your career track:

Biotechnology Certificate

If you hold a bachelor of science in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related areas, the Biotechnology Certificate option will help you develop the tools necessary to compete in a market that is increasingly focused on molecular biology and biotechnology. The certificate is designed around courses that are important to molecular and biotechnological approaches in research and production. Many biology and related programs focus on organisms and ecological studies; this certificate program will better prepare you for work in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and related industries in which jobs are on a steady rise. With courses in biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, and cell biology, and laboratory work in cell culture, molecular manipulations, and work with biomolecules, you will be competitive for many more positions in industry and government, as well as MS and Ph.D. graduate programs.  Click here to access the Gainful Employment Program Disclosure for this certificate.

MS in Cell Biology & Biotechnology

The curriculum of each master's degree program is designed to give you an excellent theoretical and practical background in biotechnological techniques and applications, the function of the cells at molecular and cellular levels, and methods for studying cell systems. There are three degree options- thesis, non-thesis, and professional.

Non-thesis Option

The program places a heavy emphasis on methodology, and as a student you will be given the opportunity to learn the techniques that are required in modern molecular, cellular, and biochemical laboratory settings. As a graduate of the program, you will have the background and training necessary to pursue advanced training in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, or medicine. The non-thesis option requires course work only.

Non-thesis Option with Certificate in Biomedical Writing

If you are interested in a Master of Science in Cell Biology and Biotechnology (non-thesis) and would like to pursue the area of regulatory writing, the certificate in Biomedical Writing option will prepare you to do so. As this area of industrial need continues to expand, there are increasing opportunities for graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills in cell biology and molecular biology to apply their knowledge to the documentation and justification of new drugs, new protocols, and new applications in healthcare. You will gain knowledge in regulatory affairs, QA/QC assurance, GxP, and similar approaches of the industry, making you competitive in a growing sector where you'll have an advantage due to your thorough grounding in the science about which you are writing. You can find more information about the Biomedical Writing Certificate on the Biomedical Writing webpage.

Non-thesis Professional Option

The Professional MS degree option provides a core in both the Biological Sciences graduate courses as well as a core of courses in business and management. This degree, designed for the non-thesis track student, will provide the skills and knowledge in both the process of the research and production for the industrial environment as well as the knowledge and skills in management and business operation to make the graduates effective managers soon after or upon graduation. Such students will be able to fast-track to a management-level position within a current or desired company. These experiences and skills have become increasingly important, both for applicants to the current program and in the market.

Thesis Option

The program places a heavy emphasis on methodology, and as a student you will be given the opportunity to learn the techniques that are required in modern molecular, cellular, and biochemical laboratory settings. As a graduate of the program you will have the background and training necessary to pursue advanced training in cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, or medicine. The thesis option requires completion of a research project and a thesis.

PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology

The PhD program in Cell & Molecular Biology will provide opportunities for students to prepare for research and teaching careers in the cellular and molecular biology fields.  This will create graduates who will have the knowledge, skills, and values to be successful in their professional careers.  Students of the program will become educated with the intellectual, cultural, and ethical understanding and awareness to become leaders and innovators in a global society, be able to advance our understanding of cellular and molecular systems and disseminate that knowledge through research and publication.  The graduate of the program will be able to become a innovative leader in the biological research community.  By its nature, the PhD program will be interdisciplinary, incorporating, at a minimum, the fields of cell biology and molecular biology.  It is not unusual for a student project to have cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and biochemical or chemical aspects.

The curriculum of the program is designed to give you an excellent theoretical and practical background in Cell & Molecular Biology and applications, the function of cells at molecular and cellular levels, and methods for studying cell systems.

DO/PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology

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.