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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.

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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 (28 credits)
CB 615 Embryology
3 credit hours
CB 560 Principles of Cell Biology 3 credit hours
CB 635 Mechanisms of Birth Defects 3 credit hours
BI 550 Topics in Biomedical Chemistry 3 credit hours
GC 660 Statistical Methods of Data Analysis 3 credit hours
CB 710, 720, 730 Seminar 1 credit hour
CB 810, 820, 830 Clerkship 6 credit hours
CB 870, 880, 890 Masters Thesis Research 6 credit hours
Management Courses (Select 2 from the following; 6 credits required)
GC 600 Management Skills 3 credit hours
GC 610 Strategic Management 3 credit hours
GC 620 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3 credit hours
GC 525 Information Management 3 credit hours
GC 605 Performance Improvement 3 credit hours
Partial List of Suggested Electives (6 credits required)
GC 700 Introduction to Neuroscience 3 credit hours
PR 630 General Toxicology 3 credit hours
PH 505 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology 2 credit hours
CB 570 Pathologic Aspects of Disease 3 credit hours
GC 680 Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Biology 2 credit hours
GC 640 Research Ethics 1 credit hour

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.