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Cell & Developmental Biology

The Master of Science Program in Cell and Developmental Biology prepares its graduates for positions in research and development in academia, industry, and government. Graduates may be employed as basic research scientists in academic institutions, in industrial positions, or may go on to further study in PhD and professional doctoral programs.

This program consists of a core basic science curriculum in cell and developmental biology supplemented with elective courses suited to individual career interests in the basic sciences or in management. Students in our program receive training in theoretical, experimental, and practical aspects of normal cell development as well as abnormal aspects of these processes that may cause birth defects or disease.

For additional information please contact:

Office of Admission
(215) 503-4400 

Eleanor Gorman
Assistant Coordinator for Master Programs in the Basic Sciences & Graduate Center Programs
(215) 503-5799

Course of Study
(Minimum of 40 credits required for conferral of degree)

Required Core Courses (19 credits required)
BI 550  - Topics in Biomedical Chemistry 3 credit hours
GC 660 - Biostatistical Methods of Data Analysis 3 credit hours
CB 615 - Embryology
1 credit hour
CB 560 - Principles of Cell Biology 3 credit hours
CB 635 - Gene-Environment Interactions in Birth Defects & Disease 3 credit hours
CB 870 - Master's Research 1-6 credit hours
CB 880 - Master's Research 1-6 credit hours
CB 890 - Master's Research 1-6 credit hours
6 credits total of Master's Research
Management Courses (select two courses, total of 4- 6 credits)
GC 510 - Database Design & Management 2 credit hours
GC 525 - Information Technology for Decision Making 3 credit hours
GC 600 - Management Skills 3 credit hours
GC 605 - Performance Improvement 2 credit hours
GC 610 - Strategic Mgmt: Increasing R&D Productivity 2 credit hours
GC 617 - Mgmt of Pharma Drug Development Projects 2 credit hours
GC 620 - Fundamentals of Financial Management 3 credit hours
GC 621 - Biotechnology Venture Management 2 credit hours
GC 635 - Fundamentals of Clinical Trials Management 2 credit hours
GC 636 - Principles of Career Management 2 credit hour
Suggested Electives (15-17 credits required)*
CB 570 - Pathologic Asp of Disease 3 credit hours
 
GC 529 - Lab Animal Sciences 2 credit hours
GC 625 - Drug Developmental Issues 2 credit hours
GC 630 - Fund-Clinical Trials 3 credit hours
GC 640 - Research Ethics 1 credit hours
GC 645 - Genomics & Bioinformatics 3 credit hours
GC 650 - EconAnal of Healthcare Intervention 3 credit hours
GC 665 - Cell Signaling 4 credit hours
GC 680 - Lab Techniques-Molecular Biology 3 credit hours
GC 690 - Reg Issues in Human Subject Research 2 credit hours
GC 720 - Scientific Writing 2 credit hours
GC 740 - Principles of Pedagogy 1 credit hour
GC 741 - Principles of Science Pedagogy 1 credit hour
 
GE 651 - Pathobiology of Cancer  2 credit hours
GE 652 - Molecular Basis of Cancer 2 credit hours
 
MI 521 - Intro to Immunology 2 credit hours
MI 522 - Vaccinology & Immunotherapeutics 2 credit hours
MI 530 - Microbial Pathogenesis of Disease 2 credit hours
MI 540 - MI-Antimicrobial Agents 2 credit hours
MI 580 - Principles-Epidemiology 3 credit hours
 
NS 690 - Neuropharmacology 3 credit hours
NS 700 - Cellular Neurophysiology 4 credit hours
NS 715 - Molecular Cellular Neuroscience 3 credit hours
 
PR 505 - Environmental Toxicology 3 credit hours
PR 522 - General Pharmacology 3 credit hours
PR 525 - Princ-Clin Pharmacology 3 credit hours
PR 526 - Pharmacogenomics 2 credit hours
PR 530 - Fundamentals-Biosafety 2 credit hours
PR 630 - General Toxicology 3 credit hours
 
CB 810 - Laboratory Clerkship 1-6 credit hours
CB 820 - Laboratory Clerkship 1-6 credit hours
CB 830 - Laboratory Clerkship 1-6 credit hours
6 credits maximum of Laboratory Clerkship 
   
*Total number of credits must be at least 40

Students with a strong research background may request to substitute additional didactic courses in place of the clerkship experience. The program may be completed on a part-time basis over a period of two to four years. Students are able to hold full-time positions since the major portion of the course work is offered as late-afternoon or evening classes. Career counseling and guidance is available through the Director’s office.

Applications follow University guidelines. Refer to Admissions for further information.