Students are required to complete 72 graduate credits. At least 32 of these credits must be in courses and tutorials. The remaining credits may be selected from Journal Clubs, Predoctoral Colloquia, Reading and Research courses. Doctoral students entering the Ph.D. program meet with the Director of Graduate Studies to personalize the courses they take in their first year. In addition all students are required to complete the following core curriculum:
- Bio Core 3: Molecules and Cells/Discussion-Based BIOL-GA.2003
- Bio Core 4: Genes, Systems and Evolution/Discussion-Based BIOL-GA.2004
- The Art of Scientific Investigation BIOL-GA.3001
- Statistics in Biology BIOL-GA.2030
Doctoral students must also satisfactorily complete, during the first year of residence, the required Predoctoral Colloquium: Laboratory Rotation (BIOL-GA.3034-3035) and are required to participate in Predoctoral Colloquium: Graduate Student Seminar (BIOL-GA.3015) every semester.
Students with an interest in developmental genetics should complete Developmental Systems 1 and 2 BIOL-GA.2130 and BIOL-GA.2131, and all courses that doctoral students are required to complete. Further information on developmental genetics can be obtained from Dr. Stephen J. Small.
Students entering NYU’s Graduate Program in Biology will have the option to participate in opportunities to perform thesis research projects at NYU’s global sites in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Shanghai (NYUSH). NYUAD and NYUSH Global Ph.D. Student Fellows complete their coursework in New York before moving full-time either to Abu Dhabi or Shanghai to pursue the remainder of their doctoral research under the supervision of Abu Dhabi or Shanghai faculty.
All doctoral students must maintain an average of B or better.