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Harvard University

Boston, MA

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston. The Biological and Biomedical Sciences department within the Harvard Medical School specializes in cellular and molecular biology. There are more than a dozen areas of concentration, including biochemistry and proteomics, computational biology, pharmacology and structural biology.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private school founded in 1861 in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston. The MIT Department of Biology focuses on teaching research and communications skills for its students, most of whom go on to careers at universities, research institutions or the bio technology industry. Beginning in their second year, students focus almost exclusively on  research.


Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Founded in 1885, Stanford University is a private school located in Stanford, Calif., about 30 miles from San Francisco. The Department of Biology focuses on four major areas of search: molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, plant biology, population and evolutionary biology and ecology, and marine biology.


University of California--Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

The University of California - Berkeley was founded in 1868 in Berkeley, Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area. The Division of Biological Sciences prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including health sciences, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental sciences and academics. Programs include  integrative biology and molecular and cell biology.


California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

Founded in 1891, the California Institute of Technology is a private school located in Pasadena, Calif. The school focuses on science and engineering. The Division of Biology focuses on preparing students for the following fields: biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, structural biology, neurobiology and virology.


Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

John Hopkins University is a private school founded in 1876 in Baltimore, Md. Programs in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology are offered through the John Hopkins School of Medicine. Departments within the program include biological chemistry, biophysics and biophysical chemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience, phrarmacology and molecular sciences and physiology.


University of California--San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Founded in `1864, the University of California - San Francisco is a school that focuses primarily on the health sciences. The university offers graduate degrees in numerous biological science programs, including biochemistry and molecular biology, bioengineering, biomedical imaging, biological and medical informatics, biomedical sciences and biophysics.


Yale University

New Haven, CT

Founded in 1701, Yale University is a private school located in New Haven, Conn. Yale offers a combined program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences where students choose between seven tracks, including microbiology, neuroscience and biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology. This program allows students to experience lectures, classes and lab work across any of disciplines. 


Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Founded in 1746, Princeton University is a private school located in Princeton, N.J. The university's Department of Molecular Biology includes more than a dozen areas of research, biochemistry, biophysics, cancer, cell biology, computation & modeling, development, evolution, genetics, genomics, global health, microbiology & virology, neuroscience and structural biology.


Scripps Research Institute

La Jolla, CA

The Scripps Research Institute, which has campuses in La Jolla, Calif., and Jupiter, Fla., focuses on the biosciences and their application to the field of medicine. Students in the institute's Kellogg School of Science and Technology specialize in organic, bioorganic and biophysical chemistry, neuroscience, immunology and cell biology.


Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is a private school founded in 1865 in Ithaca, N.Y. The university offers a graduate field of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology. Students in this program study topics such as biochemistry and structural biology, cell biology and developmental biology and molecular genetics. There are over 50 members of faculty devoted to this graduate program.


Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University is a private school founded in 1838 in Durham, N.C. The university's graduate program in biology allows students to earn a Ph.D. in a variety of research areas, such as evolutionary biology. Interested students can earn a master's degree on their way to their doctorate degree. Graduate students in this program get to work with researchers from the Duke University Medical Center.


Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is a private school located in a suburban atmosphere. The Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences offers twelve graduate level academic program options, each in a different area of science. The biology programs are computational and systems biology, developmental, regenerative and stem cell biology, molecular cell biology and plant biology. 


Columbia University

New York, NY

Founded in 1754, Columbia University is a private school located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The biological sciences department offers a biotechnology MA program that combines the study of molecular biology with the biotechnology used in the pharmaceutical industry. Ph.D. students can choose between various programs, such as neurobiology and developmental biology. 


Rockefeller University

New York, NY

The Rockefeller University was founded in 1901 by John D. Rockefeller. Located in New York City, this university was the first institution in the United States that focused exclusively on biomedical research. The Ph.D. program allows students to choose a combination of classes across six different major areas, including biochemistry and mathematical biology.


University of California--San Diego

La Jolla, CA

The University of California- San Diego is a public school located in the La Jolla area of San Diego. Founded in 1960, this university offers six different graduate school options. Within the division of biological studies, students can choose between a PhD program with the Salk Institute, a contiguous BS/MS program or a joint doctoral program along with San Diego State University. 


University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Founded in 1892, the University of Chicago is a private school located in the Hyde Park area of Chicago. There are twenty Ph.D. programs to choose from. The biological sciences division is broken up into four clusters: biomedical sciences, Darwinian sciences, molecular biosciences and neuroscience. The programs in each cluster have some overlap and allow for additional training opportunities. 


University of Wisconsin--Madison

Madison, WI


University of California--Davis

Davis, CA


University of California--Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA


University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI


University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center--Dallas

Dallas, TX


University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is a public school that is located near downtown Seattle in an area often referred to as the University District. The department of biology has a Master of Science in Biology for Teachers program created for biology educators in K-12 schools and community colleges. The department also offers a graduate program for Ph.D. students.


Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX