Complete 36 graduate points with an average of B or better. 24 points must be taken in Biology (BIOL-GA courses), while up to 12 points of graduate-level science courses completed at NYU may be taken in departments including Biomaterials, Basic Medical Sciences, Environmental Health, and Chemistry. Students enrolling in courses in other NYU departments or other NYU schools such as Steinhardt or Stern, must obtain prior permission from the course instructor as well as the Director of Graduate Studies.
Courses numbered at the 1000-level and 2000-level are open to students in the M.S. program. At the 3000-level, Seminar, Reading, or Research courses may be taken. Curricula are based on the individual student's background, interests, and future career goals. Advisement on course selection should be sought from the department's Coordinator of Student Advisement and/or Director of Graduate Studies - Masters Program.
All entering M.S. students typically take a full-year intensive team-taught core lecture course. In the Fall semester, Bio Core I, Molecules & Cells (BIOL-GA.1001), will survey the major topics of up-to-date molecular and cellular biology starting with molecular structure and function of proteins and poly-nucleic acids, and ends with genetics, genomics and systems biology. In the Spring semester, Bio Core II, Genes, Systems & Evolution (BIOL-GA.1002), will survey the major topics of modern biology including cell division, protein trafficking, cell signalling, development, neurobiology, and environmental systems. The purpose of these courses is to insure that all Biology graduate students have a comprehensive background in modern biology.
All M.S. students enrolled in Lab in Molecular Biology III and IV (BIOL-GA.1124 & 1125) or Research (BIOL-GA.3303 or 3304) typically prepare a poster to be presented at the Spring M.S. Research Colloquium, which provides students the opportunity to discuss their research with other students and faculty members.