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Genetic science research

This program is a research-oriented field of study that prepares students for significant contributions in academic or industrial settings.

Students enrolled in our many degree programs have the opportunity to work closely with scientists in research centers affiliated with the School of Systems Biology. Students can enhance their academic programs with hands-on research in meaningful fields, which often leads to careers in those fields.

The Biosciences PhD program offers three areas of concentrations: Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, and Biocomplexity and Evolutionary Biology.

School of Systems Biology, College of Sciences, 2014 Spring Student Research Day.

Program Highlights

School of Systems Biology professors conduct groundbreaking research in such areas as cancer, neuroscience, HIV/AIDS, obesity, liver and lung disease, biodefense, and biotechnology.

Course Catalog

Review admission and course requirements for this degree:

Career Paths

Our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Government Research
  • Private Industry
  • Higher Education
  • Health Care


Biocomplexity and Evolutionary Biology (BEB)

Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB)

Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (MID)