Graduate Certificates

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The Department of Biology offers two graduate Certificate Programs for students who initially do not wish to pursue the full Master's degree. These programs are suitable for either full- or part-time students, and include coursework primarily in one of two areas - Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology or Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology. Qualified students in a certificate program may also apply for acceptance to either the M.A. or the M.S. degree programs.

Requirements for Certificates

A Certificate of Graduate Study in Biology requires:

  • a minimum of 16 credit hours of course
  • at least three lab courses from the list associated with the subject area.

A Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Biology requires:

  • a minimum of 24 credit hours of courses
  • at least four lab courses from the list associated with the subject area.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their program courses in order to receive a certificate.

Those with special student status wishing to continue in one of the certificate programs must petition the Biology Graduate Committee for a reevaluation of their status (and should provide transcripts if they have not done so already). Students in a certificate program may apply for acceptance to either the M.A. or the M.S. degree programs. This is dependent upon approval of matriculated status. Students who have successfully completed a basic or advanced certificate program and have achieved a grade of 3.0 or higher in each course taken will, upon request, automatically be accepted into the M.A. program and may apply for the M.S. degree option. Students enrolled in the M.A. or M.S. program who do not want to complete the degree program but have completed the requirements for a certificate, will receive that certificate. Departmental or University support in the form of teaching or research fellowships or other awards is open only to those students enrolled as matriculated students in the M.A. or M.S. programs.

Graduate Courses by Subject Areas

Cell, Molecular and Developmental
Biology (CMDB)

  • BIO 7321 -       Immunology
  • BIO 7322 -       Immunology Lab
  • BIO 7331 -       Cancer Biology
  • BIO 7555 -       Molecular Ecology and Evolution **
  • BIO 7950 -       Special Topics in Biology *
  • BIO 7960 -       Advanced Topics in Biology *
  • BIO 8051/52 -  Advanced Bacteriology/Lab
  • BIO 8101 -       Molecular Genetics
  • BIO 8151 -       Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIO 8171/72 -  Molecular Developmental BIO/Lab
  • BIO 8251/52 -  Endocrine Physiology & Pharmacology/Lab
  • BIO 8295 -       Exptl Cell/Molec Methods
  • BIO 8455 -       Molecular Evolutionary Genetics **
  • BIO 8555 -       Neurophysiology **
  • BIO 8655 -       Recombinant Gene Technology
  • BIO 8705 -       Virology
  • BIO 8940 -       Adv Topics in Biology

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal
Biology (EEOB)

  • BIO 7105 -         Vertebrate Ecology
  • BIO 7151/52 -    Biogeochemistry Lec/Lab
  • BIO 7201 -         Ecosystem Ecology
  • BIO 7205 -         Comparative Physiology
  • BIO 7385 -         Global Change Ecology
  • BIO 7451 -         Behavioral Ecology
  • BIO 7705 -         Plant Ecology
  • BIO 7755 -         Plant Ecophysiology
  • BIO 7905 -         Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • BIO 7940 -         Special Topics in Biology (EEOB)
  • BIO 7955 -         Biodiversity & Systematics
  • BIO 7980 -         Special Topics in Biology (EEOB)
  • BIO 8455 -         Molecular Evolutionary Genetics
  • BIO 8940 -         Adv Topics in Biology/Lab

Other Courses

  • BIO 7805 -        Biostatistics & Experimental Design
  • BIO 8205 -        Imaging Technology

Department of Biology
Mendel Hall Room 147
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4830
Graduate Program Director: 
Dr. Anil Bamezai