Anatomy and Cell Biology

  • Biosciences

    Entry via Biosciences Program 

    Students enter the Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Program via the broader Biosciences Program of the University of Iowa (Application).

    Admission to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology—following initial enrollment and participation in the university’s Biosciences Program—is based on an evaluation of the applicant's credentials by faculty of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. 

     Applicants are evaluated based on a combination of:

    • undergraduate academic performance
    • GRE scores
    • letters of recommendation (three)
    • TOEFL scores, where applicable
    • an interview with the applicant, where possible.

    General Requirements for admission:

    • Baccalaureate degree
    • Completion of the following coursework:
      • Mathematics, through calculus
      • Chemistry, through organic
      • statistics, one semester (or equivalent)
      • biochemistry, one semester (or equivalent)
      • other advanced biology course, one semester (or equivalent)
      • physics, one year
    • GRE General Test

    Other qualifications that are desirable:

    • undergraduate major in the biological sciences or chemistry
    • Master's degree in the biological sciences, chemistry or related area
    • GRE Subject Test in the student's major area

    Entering the program in this manner allows students to enjoy the flexibility of investigating several disciplines—by performing research rotations in any three of the Biosciences Program-affiliated laboratories in the fourteen programs under the Biosciences umbrella.

    During this first year, all students are required to participate in:

    • introductory courses that teach basic principles relevant to scientists across disciplines within the biosciences
      • For students interested in Anatomy and Cell Biolgy see the tables:
        Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy Track
        Developmental and Stem Cell Track
        Cancer Biology Track
    • the Biosciences Seminar, which teach students to critically evaluate scientific literature
    • departmental seminars.

    Students are assigned an advisor to assist in the selection of courses and research rotations. The curriculum for each student is tailored to fit the student’s individual interests.

    In May of the first academic year of graduate studies in the Biosciences Program, each student is expected to select a research laboratory and program affiliation, and to begin her/his thesis research project.

    For students who wish to join the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology as a home department, all coursework completed in the Biosciences Program is applied toward the requirements of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.