Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics

Master of Science: 36.0-48.0 semester credits
Doctor of Philosophy: 96.0 semester credits

About the Program

The interdisciplinary, research-oriented Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program offers both MS and PhD degrees. Its strength is derived from the combined research expertise of the faculty in various departments, including Neurobiology and Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Medicine, Pathology, and Pharmacology and Physiology. Faculty members conduct research on a broad array of topics, including cell, molecular, and cancer biology as well as genetics, infectious diseases and immunology.

About the MS Program

In the MS program, the focus is on strengthening the student's grasp of molecular biology and biotechnology and on providing a knowledge of research methods available in this fast-expanding field.

About the PhD Program

This program is research focused, with the ultimate goal of training students to become leaders of scientific research in academics and industry. In addition to completing the curriculum requirements, PhD students must pass a qualifying exam at the end of their second year.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact:

Caitlin Kaltenbach
Academic Coordinator
Biomedical Graduate and Postgraduate Studies
Drexel University College of Medicine
2900 Queen Lane Suite G24
Philadelphia, PA 19129-1096
215.991.8146 
caitlin.kaltenbach@drexelmed.edu

Admission Requirements

Drexel University College of Medicine has a rolling admissions policy, which means that complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are therefore advised to apply early, as decisions to accept or deny admission may be made before the official deadlines.

To learn more about applying to Drexel College of Medicine programs visit the Drexel College of Medicine's Biomedical Studies Admissions website.

About the Curriculum

Background courses in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and integrative biology are taken during the first academic year. In addition, every student carries out short research projects in three different laboratories during the first year. This exposure to research not only gives the student broad research training, but also helps the student to select a thesis advisor at the end of the first academic year. In the second year, the student begins thesis research and takes several advanced courses, tailored to the student’s individual interests.

The program offers a weekly seminar series with invited external and intramural speakers who address the program’s broad research interests. Journal Club members meet weekly in their own informal setting to present results of interest from the current literature.

Courses Repeatable for Credit

As well as taking all required courses, MS and PhD students may re-enroll in courses having the status "repeatable for credit" (such as journal club, seminar and research courses) for the duration of their program in order to meet the total number of credits required for graduation.

For more information, including scheduling a plan of study, visit the College of Medicine's Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program website.

MS Degree Requirements: Thesis Option

48.0 semester credits

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MCBG 501SMCBG 1st Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 506SADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY2.0
MCBG 512SMCBG Journal Club1.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
MCBG 600SMCBG Thesis Research9.0
Advanced Electives6.0
In consultation with the Advisory Committee and according to the area of selected research, the student must select a minimum of 2 advanced elective courses from a diverse range of topics that complement the core curriculum and provide relevant, in-depth knowledge.
Total Credits48.0

 

MS Degree Requirements: Non-Thesis Option

36.0 semester credits

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MCBG 501SMCBG 1st Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 502SMCBG 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 506SADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY2.0
MCBG 512SMCBG Journal Club1.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
Advanced Electives4.0
In consultation with the Advisory Committee and according to the area of selected research, the student may replace laboratory rotations with advanced elective courses from a diverse range of topics that complement the core curriculum and provide relevant, in-depth knowledge.
Total Credits36.0


PhD Degree Requirements

 During the third year, students develop a plan for their doctoral research in conjunction with their thesis advisor. A formal, written thesis proposal is then presented to the student’s Thesis Advisory Committee. Acceptance of this proposal after oral examination by the Committee leads to the final stage of doctoral training. PhD candidates then spend the majority of their time on thesis research. After concluding their research, they must submit and publicly defend their thesis before the Thesis-Examination Committee.

96.0 semester hours

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MCBG 501SMCBG 1st Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 502SMCBG 2nd Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 503SMCBG 3rd Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 506SADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY2.0
MCBG 512SMCBG Journal Club1.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar1.0
MCBG 600SMCBG Thesis Research9.0
Advanced Electives
In consultation with the Advisory Committee and according to the area of selected research, the student must select a minimum of 3 advanced elective courses from a diverse range of topics that complement the core curriculum and provide relevant, in-depth knowledge.
Total Credits50.0

Courses

IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research 2.0 Credits

This two credit course is offered once a year, usually in the spring semester, one evening a week. It is presented using lecture, discussion and problem-based curriculum approaches, with associated requested readings in texts. Some topics additionally require web-based exercises and quizzes. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty discuss current issues of scientific integrity that all scientists encounter in their research. Solutions to hypothetical and real research challenges and ethical dilemmas are discussed and debated by trainees and faculty. Course sessions and discussions are led by a team of faculty leaders, including department head, deans and provosts. Grades are based on quizzes, class participation, web-based exercises, a term paper and a PowerPoint presentation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 0 times for 0 credits

IDPT 501S Biostatistics I 2.0 Credits

Introduction to the theory of probability, frequency distribution, correlation's and regression analysis, probability, chi-square and analysis of variance, applications of statistics in the laboratory.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 9 times for 999 credits

IDPT 503S SEARCHING BIOMEDICAL LITERATUR 1.0 Credit

This course surveys information sources in the library (books, journals, computer "finding tools"), with primary focus on finding biomedical journal articles via MEDLINE. Search planning is emphasized, including points on using Medical Subject Headings and precautions when searching title/abstract words. Resources for keeping up with the literature and maintaining personal files are briefly mentioned.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 505S BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH 9.0 Credits

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 506S BIOSTATISTICS II 2.0 Credits

Graduate Biostatistics II picks up where Biostatistics I leaves off. It teaches applications of commonly-used techniques in greater depth, with the intended audience being individuals who will be using statistics considerably in their work. This course includes one and two-way ANOVAs (and post hoc tests), multivariate techniques, power analysis, and other methods. The basic of the SPSS computer program is taught as well.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 507S Teaching Practicum I 1.0-4.0 Credit

The goal of this practicum is to provide mentored teaching experiences for graduate students enrolled in the biomedical science programs of the COM. Graduate students in COM programs can meet practicum requirements in a variety of teaching venues including but not limited to tutoring, laboratory instruction, conferences, and lectures in medical school and graduate program-specific courses. Eligible teaching experiences also include instruction for high school and undergraduate students. Credits for each practicum will be awarded according to preparation time and contact hours. 1 credit hr = 16hrs of instruction.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 508S Teaching Practicum II 1.0-4.0 Credit

The goal of this practicum is to provide mentored teaching experiences for graduate students enrolled in the biomedical science programs of the COM. Graduate students in COM programs can meet practicum requirements in a variety of teaching venues including but not limited to tutoring, laboratory instruction, conferences, and lectures in medical school and graduate program-specific courses. Eligible teaching experiences also include instruction for high school and undergraduate students. Credits for each practicum will be awarded according to preparation time and contact hours. 1 credit hr = 16hrs of instruction.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 509S Teaching Practicum III 1.0-4.0 Credit

The goal of this practicum is to provide mentored teaching experiences for graduate students enrolled in the biomedical science programs of the COM. Graduate students in COM programs can meet practicum requirements in a variety of teaching venues including but not limited to tutoring, laboratory instruction, conferences, and lectures in medical school and graduate program-specific courses. Eligible teaching experiences also include instruction for high school and undergraduate students. Credits for each practicum will be awarded according to preparation time and contact hours. 1 credit hr = 16hrs of instruction.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 521S Molecular Structure and Metabolism 5.0 Credits

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology. Topics covered include the structure and function of biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids; enzymes; membrane transport phenomena; second messenger signaling; prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA replication; transcription and translation; protein processing and trafficking; and intermediary metabolism.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 524S Molecular Genetics 0.0 Credits

The goal of the molecular genetics core course is to familiarize students with the underlying mechanisms regulating the inheritance of genetic material. In addition, students will be introduced to genetic methodologies used to manipulate, interpret and define gene function.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 525S Immunology 0.0 Credits

Topics will include cells of the immune system and their development and function, antigen/antibody interactions and the generation of antibody diversity, the major histocompatibility complex, humoral immunity , cell-mediated immunity, transplantation immunology, and immune dysfunction and disease. immune mechanisms.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 526S Cells to Systems 5.0 Credits

Cells to Systems provides a foundation in cell biology, with topics in cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, membrane biology, endocytosis, intracellular signaling, cell cycle, cell growth (cancer), cell senescence, cell death (apoptosis), and genetic methodologies. A final section covers integrative topics on complex biological systems operating in intact organisms.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 528S Cell Biology II 0.0 Credits

This module covers basic membrane transport processes, the ionic basis of membrane excitability, various types of ion channels, the process and role of endocytosis in cell function, step in folding of nascent proteins and protein degradation, protein import into various organelles including the nucleus, ER and mitochondria, and protein processing and trafficking the Golgi.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 531S Integ of Bio Func in Organ Sys 0.0 Credits

This module will provide an introduction to aspects of endocrinology, cardiovascular physiology , and central nervous system function as a means of illustrating the integration of molecular and cellular biological functions in the intact organism.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 532S SUMMER MAKE-UP MED BIOCHEM 7.0 Credits

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 536S Molecular Genetics 1.5 Credit

The goal of the molecular genetics core course is to familiarize students with the underlying mechanisms regulating the inheritance of genetic material, In addition, students will be introduced to genetic methodologies used to manipulate, interpret and define gene function.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 537S Immunology 1.5 Credit

Topics will include cells of the immune system and their development and function, antigen/antibody interactions and the generation of antibody diversity, the major histocompatibility complex, humoral immunity, cell-mediated immunity, transplantation immunology, and immune dysfunction and disease immune mechanisms.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 542S Integ of Bio Func in Org Sys 2.0 Credits

This module will provide an introduction to aspects of endocrinology, cardiovascular physiology, and central nervous system function as a means of illustrating the integration of molecular and cellular biological functions in the intact organism.

College/Department: Biomedical Graduate Studies_COM
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 550S Biochemistry and Biophysics 5.0 Credits

This course includes the fundamentals of metabolism, enzymology, protein synthesis and structure, and molecualr biology taught from neuroscience prospective. In addition, there are lectures on biophysics of ion channels, and neuronal circuits.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 600S Thesis Defense 9.0 Credits

Students who have complete all course work and research requirements, but have not defended their thesis, may carry a status of "Registered for Thesis Defense Only". This registration carries no credit, has no fee and students receive no grade. Students may only be registered for thesis defense for no more than two semesters. Students may not be registered for this category if they are registered for any other graduate courses.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 9 times for 999 credits

IDPT 601S Optional Rotation 4.0 Credits

Guided research is conducted on a part-time basis for two or three 8-10 week periods. Rotations are generally conducted during fall, spring or summer of the first year. A written research report is required at the end of eact rotation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 7001S Professionalism in Medicine 1 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 7002S Professionalism in Medicine 2 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 7003S Professionalism in Medicine 3 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 7004S Professionalism in Medicine 4 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 703S HUMAN SEXUALITY 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 9 times for 999 credits

IDPT 706S PHYSICIAN AND PATIENT 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 710S PIL FALL SESSION 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 720S PIL WINTER SESSION 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 730S PIL SPRING SESSION 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 740S PIL SUMMER SESSION 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 750S PIL FALL SESSION II 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 751S INTR TO GERIATRICS/GERONTOLOGY 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 752S INTRODUCTION TO AMBULATORY MEDICINE 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 760S PIL WINTER SESSION II 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 770S PIL SPRING SESSION II 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 800S Register for Degree Only 9.0 Credits

This is a course designated to allow students who recently defended the opportunity to finish up any loose ends while maintaining the graduate student status. Students can only register for this course after they have defended their thesis.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 801S CLINICAL PRACTICE EXAM (S/U) 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 802S FOURTH YEAR RESEARCH COURSE 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 821S INTERDEPT. ELECT.-NUTRITION 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 822S ACADEMIC ELECTIVE 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 823S MD/MPH RESEARCH 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 824S MD/Ph.D RESEARCH 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 850S Literature Review Non-Thesis MS 4.0 Credits

Literature Review of a specific topic directed at fulfillment of the degree requirement for a scholarly paper by non-thesis master¿s students. Progress is monitored by student¿s advisor and advisory committee.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 8 credits

IDPT 901S CLINICAL EXAM PREP 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 990S INDEPENDENT STUDY 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 991S INDEPENDENT STUDY 2 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine

IDPT 992S INDEPENDENT STUDY 3 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine

IDPT 997S SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 998S TERM ACTIVATOR 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

IDPT 999S Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences 1.0-4.0 Credit

Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 16 credits

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