Make Your Mark in Academia and Medical Sciences with a Doctoral Degree from Liberty
Lend your expertise to a field striving to solve major world problems. Earn a degree that provides advanced training in the prevention and treatment of diseases that affect people globally. From cancer to diabetes, your research and lab experience can make a difference in the lives of countless patients. Liberty’s doctoral degree in anatomy and cell biology will equip you with the research-focused courses you’ll need to pave your way in a field that never stops growing and changing.
If you are looking to become a university professor, choose our Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology to develop the teaching skills required to lead the next generation of anatomy and biology students. Open their eyes to all the ways they can make a difference in the world of medicine, academics, nursing, and physical therapy!
Whether you are looking for a degree that prepares you for biomedical research, teaching, or cellular biology, this doctoral degree is designed for your academic and career success. Learn hands-on in our Center for Natural Sciences under the personal care of professors with years of industry experience and degrees to match. Let us equip you to hone your teaching, research, and medical understanding so you can make a difference in the lives of patients, students, and medical research companies worldwide.
Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology Degree Program?
You deserve a university that’s as committed to your success as you are. At Liberty, we strive to provide the best equipment, faculty, and industry resources possible to ensure the best student experience. Walk away with a doctoral degree in anatomy and cell biology that gives you confidence in your professional skill set.
Study Hands-on with State of the Art Equipment
At Liberty, we have our own Center for Natural Sciences building devoted to our students who are studying the sciences. As a doctoral student, you will have access to a cadaver lab, 20 major-specific teaching labs, and 6 research labs. Not only that, but you will learn experientially with professional level research equipment. This includes a gene sequencer, tissue culture facility, fluorescent microscope, LICOR imager, and more!
Learn Under Industry Professionals
We are a teaching university. This means that our professors do more than research and write curricula; they are in the classroom and research labs with you every week. We are proud to have faculty who are experienced in academia, industry, and government, and who hold doctoral degrees from leading institutions nationwide. Let these industry professionals come alongside you as you immerse yourself in engaging research projects, studying advanced concepts from algae biofuels to Alzheimer’s disease to cancer to DNA analysis. It’s time to take your academics further with Liberty.
What Will You Learn in Liberty’s Anatomy and Cell Biology Doctorate Degree?
As a teaching-intensive program, Liberty’s Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology incorporates hundreds of hours of teaching experience in human anatomy. Your seminar and teaching practicum courses will prepare you to work with all levels of anatomy students.
Throughout this degree, you’ll take courses that will prepare you for your final dissertation, so you can walk away with research results ready to publish. These research-focused courses include a rotation, various dissertation research classes, and finally, a dissertation defense course. You will work with faculty throughout the program to help you through this important process.
The teaching and research courses make up about 50% of the anatomy and cell biology doctorate degree. The rest of your degree will focus on all major areas in the field, including pathology, virology, immunology, genetics, and neurology. View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!
BCHM 551 – Biochemistry
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A survey of the structure and reactivity of bioorganic molecules within biological systems
- Organic functional groups within carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids
- Mechanisms and regulation of enzyme-catalyzed equilibria
- Energy generation and utilization by anabolic and catabolic metabolism
- Membrane dynamics, transport, and signaling
- Flow of biological information from nucleic acids to protein synthesis
BIOM 503 – Human Genetics
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of the molecular causes of human disease with an emphasis on the specific gene perturbations that influence human health
- Specific modes of genetic assault, including mutations, epigenetic mechanisms, nutritional factors, and viral infections
BIOM 615 – Advanced Cell Biology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Advanced study on the structure, function, and organization of the cell
- Major topics include structure and function of cellular organelles, the cytoskeleton, and extracellular matrix; cell signaling; membrane transport; protein targeting, vesicular transport, and cell division
BIOM 630 – Principles of Pathology
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Basic pathology principles including inflammation, infection, repair, thrombosis, hemostasis, hyperplasia, hypertrophy, neoplasia, and apoptosis
- The pathophysiology of disease applied to various organ systems
- Correlations with appropriate laboratory results and physical findings to increase understanding of the basis for signs and symptoms of various common diseases
- Diagnostic features of diseases and critical thinking skills
Highlights of Our Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology Program
- Teaching spaces in our Center for Natural Sciences include a cadaver lab, 20 major-specific teaching labs, and 6 research labs.
- You have the opportunity to select your own area of emphasis in your teaching so you can influence the direction your experience takes.
- Professional-level research equipment includes a gene sequencer, tissue culture facility, fluorescent microscope, LICOR imager, and more.
- Our faculty are experienced in academia, industry, and government, holding doctoral degrees from leading institutions nationwide.
- Immerse yourself in engaging research projects where you could study algae biofuels, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, DNA analysis, crayfish parasites, and more.
Anatomy and Cell Biology Doctoral Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Anatomy and Cell Biology Doctorate Degree Graduates
- Anatomy professor
- Biomedical research scientist
- Cadaver dissection instructor for college, graduate, or medical school
- Cellular biologist
- Molecular biologist
Admission Requirements for Our Doctoral Anatomy and Cell Biology Degree
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Official college transcripts showing a B.S. or M.S. in a biomedical sciences related field (such as biology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, biopsychology, etc.) from an accredited university
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Research experience is preferred
- Three faculty/professional recommendation letters submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (must include physical signature of recommender)
- Statement of Purpose: describes personal background, the motivation for pursuing this degree, career goals, and Christian commitment and views on origins (1000 – 1500 words)
Students must submit one of the following:
- Minimum MCAT score: 60th percentile*
- Conferred M.S. GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Minimum GRE score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative)*
*Due to COVID-19, the MCAT/GRE requirement for the Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology has been suspended for the Fall 2020 acceptance term
*Due to COVID-19, the GRE requirement for the M.S in Psychology has been suspended for the Fall 2020 acceptance term.