Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 38.5 (MS, non-thesis); 63.5 (MS, thesis); 96.0 (PhD)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0210
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-9121

About the Program

The interdisciplinary, research-oriented Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program offers both MS and PhD degrees. The program provides a broad education-training program for graduate students interested in biomedical problems that cross disciplinary boundaries and offers the opportunity for students to choose from approximately 60 faculty members in 10 different departments/centers to pursue their research interests. Our curriculum and research activities are tailored to students’ needs and interests. Consequently, students can pursue a diverse variety of projects that range from the design and development of new therapeutic treatment strategies to the characterization of the molecular mechanisms that underlie various cellular processes and diseases. This intensive and research-oriented program provides students with opportunities to perform cutting-edge biomedical research employing multidisciplinary strategies. Upon completing these programs, students pursue careers in academic, governmental, or industrial settings.

The MS Program in Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

In the MS program, the focus is on strengthening the student's grasp of molecular biology and biotechnology and on providing experience and knowledge of research methods available in this fast-expanding field. This program is designed to prepare students for competitive industry jobs and for acceptance into PhD programs. Our MS students take the same courses as our PhD students, while also gaining extensive biomedical research experience. Students who wish to continue their graduate training after the MS degree may apply to the PhD program, and their credits may be applied to the doctoral program. In addition to the thesis-based MS program, Drexel offers a non-thesis degree program in which students can earn the degree without a research project by taking additional classes and writing a literature review paper.

The PhD Program in Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

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 preliminary exam and qualifying exam at the end of their first and second years, respectively.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, please visit the College of Medicine's Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program website.

Amanda Mangano
Academic Administrator
Division of Biomedical Science Programs
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 N. 15th St., MS 344
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.762.8217 
amm523@drexel.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 College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies 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 an 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.

Thesis Option

63.5 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1.5
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MCBG 501SMCBG 1st Lab Rotation4.0
MCBG 506SAdvanced Cell Biology2.0
MCBG 512SMCBG Journal Club *4.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar *4.0
MCBG 600SMCBG Thesis Research **27.0
Advanced Electives5.0
Select at least two advanced electives for a minimum of five credits.
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Cancer Biology
Communication for Researchers
Advanced Cancer Biology
Macromolecular Structure & Function
Introduction to Biochemical Data
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Immunology I
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Immunology II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Graduate Neuroscience I
Advanced Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
Advanced Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
Prin of Neuropharmacology
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
Research Methods in Pharmacology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Thesis Defense
MCBG 2nd Lab Rotation
MCBG 3rd Lab Rotation
Total Credits63.5

Non-Thesis Option

38.5 semester credits

Required Courses
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1.5
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MCBG 506SAdvanced Cell Biology2.0
MCBG 512SMCBG Journal Club *4.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar *4.0
Advanced Electives7.0
Select at least three Advanced Electives for a minimum of seven credits.
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Cancer Biology
Communication for Researchers
Advanced Cancer Biology
Macromolecular Structure & Function
Introduction to Biochemical Data
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Immunology I
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Immunology II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Graduate Neuroscience I
Advanced Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
Advanced Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
Prin of Neuropharmacology
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
Research Methods in Pharmacology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
MCBG 1st Lab Rotation
MCBG 2nd Lab Rotation
MCBG 3rd Lab Rotation
MCBG Thesis Research
Total Credits38.5

PhD Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 96.0 credits; for additional graduation requirements, refer to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies Handbook and the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics PhD Program Policies and Procedures.

Required Courses
BIOC 603SAdvanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology1.5
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
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 Club *9.0
MCBG 513SMolec & Cell Biology Seminar *9.0
MCBG 600SMCBG Thesis Research **63.0
Advanced Electives7.0
Select at least three Advanced Electives for a minimum of seven credits.
Experimental Approaches to Biochemical Problems
Cancer Biology
Communication for Researchers
Advanced Cancer Biology
Introduction to Biochemical Data
Cell Cycle and Apoptosis
Immunology I
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Immunology II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Graduate Neuroscience I
Advanced Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
Advanced Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience
Prin of Neuropharmacology
Graduate Pharmacology
Drug Discovery and Development I
Drug Discovery and Development II
Research Methods in Pharmacology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Total Credits128.5
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