BGS PhD Programs

BGS consists of seven graduate groups.  Penn's graduate groups are organized specifically to provide PhD training, independent of academic departments. The graduate groups range in size from 50 to 375 students. The largest, Cell and Molecular Biology, has six specialty areas, with 25-85 students each.  Students may take courses organized by graduate groups other than their own, and students in the first year of training may transfer from one graduate group to another. Faculty choose graduate groups based on their interest in the discipline and in training students. They are often members of two or more graduate groups.

Information about the course offerings and requirements of each graduate group is available in the University's Graduate Catalog.