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In 1989, The Scripps Research Institute took the bold step of building on its prodigious reputation for excellence in basic biomedical research by establishing a unique and innovative doctoral program. Combining its scientific strengths of cell and molecular biology with chemistry, Scripps developed a Graduate Program in Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry, and in an effort to draw upon the extraordinary capabilities of a newly assembled chemistry faculty, a doctoral program in chemistry was established three years later.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

In 2003, a comprehensive review of the curriculum resulted in the redefined, "Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences," emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the program, and reflecting the particular strengths of the Institute. This change allowed students to select one of five curricular tracks -- chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, biology or immunology -- and acknowledged the faculty's and students' strongly held views that future scientists should be broadly trained in these areas of scientific concentration. Further, the extension of these curricular tracks increased course options and flexibility for the students.

One Program, Two Campuses

In 2005, the Graduate Program expanded to include graduate students on the Jupiter, Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute. The first faculty members were hired in 2004 to initiate research activities on the new Jupiter campus.

With specialties in organic, bioorganic and biophysical chemistry, neuroscience, immunology and cell biology, students in the graduate program take classes from more than 100 faculty members representing every department at Scripps Research. Classes are broadcasted bi-coastally using state-of-the-art technology, so that students on either campus may enroll in classes originating on the opposite coast.