Discovery at the cellular level

Before we can develop innovative treatments for cancer, Parkinson’s and other debilitating diseases, we must understand the chemical and physical principles of living things, as well as biological processes such as cell development, growth and heredity. Completed in 4 years, this accelerated dual-degree BS/MS program enables interested students to lay a foundation in chemical, biophysical and analytical subjects before beginning coursework toward a terminal degree in molecular and cell biology in their third year.

Our curriculum combines traditional lectures and hands-on lab courses taught by faculty members with vast experience in the field. You’ll learn to examine chemical and biological material in technologically sophisticated labs and participate in faculty-led research projects. Further experiential learning opportunities with prominent area biotech and biomedical firms are also possible.

Students in this program have the option to apply to live in honors housing or in a Living/Learning Community (LLC) dedicated to the natural sciences, enabling them to study and build relationships with like-minded peers. The tools and experience that graduates obtain position them for high-level careers in research settings and provide a solid foundation for those who desire to pursue advanced degrees in science or medicine.