The Catholic University of America, Department of Biology


Welcome to the Department of Biology

Each semester the Biology Department graduate students host a seminar series where invited speakers from other institutions present the results of their research.

Seminars are held on Monday at 11:10 am in Rm. 215 McCort-Ward. Pizza is served at 12:00 pm in Rm. 200 following the seminar.

The event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association.

Biology Club

The CUA Biology Club is an organization for all those interested in the life sciences. During the academic year the Club organizes a combination of social and educational activities which provides many opportunities for students to interact with the faculty and with each other. The club sponsors lecture series addressing current issues and other topics of interest, and provides members with opportunities to establish contacts with professionals in the life sciences.

A sampling of recent Club activities includes: Welcoming party at the beginning of the academic year; career talks; fall dinner; lecture series; premed-oriented programs; Christmas party; end-of-year barbecue, and; the Thanksgiving fund raiser for SOME (So Others May Eat).


The Center for Advanced Training in Cell and Molecular Biology, a unit of the Department of Biology at The Catholic University of America has been established in 1983 as an International Center to provide expert training for scientists, technicians, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Its focus is on the new and established biomedically-related concepts and technologies which provide the major impetus for contemporary research,innovative industrial applications, and sophisticated diagnostic laboratory techniques.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Practical Information

Students can complete this program on an accelerated track in only 1.5 years as opposed to 2 years

"Earn while you learn!" - U.S. citizens can take the program part-time (7 credits or less a semester) for half the cost!

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This school also offers:


M.S. in Biotechnology

Campus Full time 18 - 24  September 2017 USA District of Columbia

The Catholic University of America offers a unique M.S. in Biotechnology Program that enables biotechnology internships not restricted to just commercial companies, maximal flexibility to students for choosing a program and course of study, and open access to faculty who are fully engaged in both teaching and research in their fields. [+]

Why Get an M.S. in Biotechnology Degree? The average salary of a Maryland bioscience employee is approximately $80,000. (Maryland Biotechnology Center, 2009) The Milken Institute projects that biotechnology employment will grow by 1.6% annually through 2014, with many subsectors projected to experience even faster rates of growth. (Angelou Economics: Global Economic Development) Biotechnology offers opportunities in five major subsectors: Drugs and pharmaceuticals: Traditionally, chemistry has been the means by which new medicines have been isolated or synthesized. The rise of biotechnology, however, now promises pharmaceuticals that are created through biological processes found in living organisms. Future advances in medicine are relying more and more on the use of biotechnology and, as a result, the role of biotechnology in healthcare is rapidly expanding. Agricultural feedstock and chemicals: By manipulating plant genomes, biotechnologists can create new breeds of crops. Through the transfer of specific genes, for example, scientists can create plants with enhanced characteristics such as self-fertilization, resistance to drought or disease, and enhanced nutritional value. Current biotechnology research on crop-based fuels may dramatically increase the production of ethanol. Research, testing, and medical laboratories: Biotechnology research is growing more complicated through genomics, proteomics, and metabiomics. As a result, the products generated are often unique. New test procedures are needed by both companies and regulatory agencies to ensure that biotechnology products are safe and effective Environmental applications: One of the earliest applications of biotechnology involved the genetic engineering of microbes to feed on petroleum products. These novel microbes were patented for use in... [-]


McCort-Ward Building

Address Washington, DC 20064, United States
Phone 202-319-5271