St. John's University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Cell and Molecular Biology
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens Village, NY 11439
Ph.D. - Biology, M.S. - Biology;
The Department of Biological Sciences offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs focusing on Cell and Molecular Biology. Approximately 40 graduate students of diverse backgrounds are enrolled in these programs at any one time. The relatively small size of our program encourages intensive faculty/student interaction in both the classroom and laboratory. In many cases, the laboratory setting includes undergraduates, M.S. students, and doctoral students guided by postdoctoral fellows as well as faculty, creating a dynamic environment with intellectual exchange occurring at many levels.
Students begin their studies with a core of courses providing solid grounding in biochemistry, molecular genetics, and cell and developmental biology. Advanced courses based on current scientific literature, as well as regular attendance at seminars presented by scientists from other institutions, round out the formal preparation.
Doctoral students gain research experience early, through a series of research rotations which allow them to become familiar with the biological questions asked by faculty in the department and the techniques used to answer those questions. Students are then in a position to choose and carry out their doctoral research most effectively. We also encourage M.S. students to do research so that they gain a better understanding of experimental techniques and approaches to questions discussed in their classes, as well as better preparation for careers in research.
Facts & Figures
Classification: Master's College or University II
Loans Offered: Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA forms. (Code: 02823)
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999