About Us

Training Tomorrow's Scientific Leaders Today

The mission of the Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) is to “Train Tomorrow’s Scientific Leaders Today” by providing the highest quality undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral education and research training in the life sciences, in order to prepare our students and fellows to make significant contributions to the progress of life science through careers including academia, industry, and government. To achieve this goal, our academic programs span both the Jefferson-East Falls Campus, home of our Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and the Jefferson-Center City Campus, home of our Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  JCLS and its faculty offering courses and programs across a wide field of basic and translational sciences, leading to the BS degree, PhD degree, the MS degree and graduate certificate programs. In addition, JCLS offers a Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program  for candidates interested in completing their prerequisite course work for medical and professional schools. The College also coordinates postdoctoral training programs across the campus. Additionally, JCLS, in conjunction with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, offers a combined MD/PhD program.

Our education and training programs provide a solid foundation for our graduates, who have gone forward to continue with additional graduate and professional education and training programs or directly on to successful careers including positions at colleges and universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, healthcare settings, government agencies, and many other professional venues.

Research training at Jefferson University is anchored by a large and diverse portfolio of active research programs with extensive outside grant support. That foundation, combined with our clinical research and patient-care programs, provides opportunities for professional development and basic and translational research experiences in a challenging, exciting and satisfying undergraduate and graduate training environment.