Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Cell Biology


The PhD program in Molecular and Cell Biology begins with core courses in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and quantitative biology. PhD candidates conduct experimental or computational research in a laboratory of their choosing. Research in the department of Biological Sciences is organized into five areas of strength, which are:

  • biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • microbiology
  • neurobiology
  • systems and computational biology

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Molecular and Cell Biology

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Background in calculus, general physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry and general biology, including genetics. Students intending to do research in computational biology should have some background in mathematics and in programming. Entering students not having this background may be required to take some additional course work in their first year or in the summer immediately preceding entry.

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 147 verbal and 295 combined are required.

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Nancy Yu
800 W. Campbell Road BSB12
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: BSB12.102

Possible Careers

Research scientist and professor

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.