New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

Program Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of the following courses:

Required Core Courses

Credits

General Biochemistry, Part I  (BIOC-1010) 4 credits
Fundamentals of Cell Physiology  (PHYS-1011) 1 credits
Cell Biology  (CELL-1360) 3 credits
Responsible Conduct of Research  (BMS-2020) 2 credits
Life in Biomedical Research I and II  (BMS-3510, 3520) 4 credits
Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences  (BMS-1200) 2 credits
PhD Research Rotations   (BMS-9110) 3 credits

This is a total of 16 didactic credits and 3 research (non-didactic) credits. 

First year electives

Students may elect up to 4 additional credits each semester (Fall and Spring) based on their intended major, their specific interests, or gaps in their education. The most “typical” elective choices might include:

First Year Electives

Credits

Mammalian Physiology, I and II PHYS-1010 or 1013, 1020 7 credits
General Biochemistry, Part II BIOC-1020 4 credits
Biochemistry of Gene Expression BIOC-1250 4 credits
Microbiology courses MICRO-1010, 2010, 2110 2-9 credits

Program-specific requirements

 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
BIOC-1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression  4 Fall, Year 1
BIOC-1020 General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 1
BIOC-2690 Protein Structure & Function 3 Spring, Year 1
  Electives 14 Year 2

Cell Biology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
BIOC-1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression 4 Fall, Year 2
CELL-1420 Histology – Cell Biology * 6 Fall, Year 2
BMS-1420 Neural Science * 8 Spring, Year 2
  Electives 7-9 Year 2

* Students are required to takes either CELL-1420 or BMS-1420.

Experimental Pathology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
BIOC-1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression 4 Fall, Year 1
BIOC-1020 General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 1
PATH-1410 General Pathology 6 Fall, Year 2
PATH-1090 Systemic Pathology 3 Spring, Year 2
PATH-1110 Fundamentals of Animal Research 3 Spring, Year 2

Microbiology & Immunology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
MICRO-1010 General Microbiology 4 Fall, Year 1
MICRO-1020 General Microbiology II 4 Spring, Year 1
  Electives 5 Year 2

Pharmacology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
PHYS-1010 Mammalian Physiology I * 4 Fall, Year 1
PHYS-1020 Mammalian Physiology II 4 Spring, Year 1†
BIOC-1020 General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 1†
PHARM-1010 Pharmacology I 4 Fall, Year 2
PHARM-1020 Pharmacology II 4 Spring, Year 2
  Electives in pharmacology 4 Years 2-3

* instead of PHYS-1011. Alternatively, PHYS-1011 plus PHYS-1013.
† Because of the heavy course load, students electing these courses may defer CELL-1360 or BMS-2020 to Year 2.

Physiology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
PHYS-1010 Mammalian Physiology I * 4 Fall, Year 1
PHYS-1020 Mammalian Physiology II 4 Spring, Year 1
BIOC-1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression 4 Fall, Year 2
BIOC-1020  General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 2
  Electives in physiology 8 Years 2-3

* instead of PHYS-1011. Alternatively, PHYS-1011 plus PHYS-1013.
 

Typical academic schedule

 

Fall, Year 1

BIOC-1010 General Biochemistry I 4 credits
PHYS-1011 Fund. of Cell Physiology 1 credit
BMS-3510 Life in Biomedical Research I 2 credits
  Electives 3-4 credits
BMS-9110 research rotation #1 1 credit
  Various workshops1 0 credit
  10-11 didactic credits + 1 research (non didactic) credit

Spring, Year 1

CELL-1360 Cell Biology 3 credits
BMS-2020 Resp. Conduct of Research 2 credit
BMS-3520 Life in Biomedical Research II 2 credits
  Electives 4 credits
BMS-9110 research rotation #2 1 credit
  11 didactic credits + 1 research (non-didactic) credit

Summer, Year 1

BMS-1200 Statistics 2 credits
BMS-9110 research rotation #3 1 credit
  2 didactic credits + 1 research (non-didactic) credit

 

Total first year:

23-24 didactic credits
3 research rotations (3 research credits)

 

Fall, Year 2

        Program requirements & electives 4-8 credits
                  Journal club 1 credit
  Pre-dissertation research 1 credits

Spring, Year 2

        Program requirements & electives 4-8 credits
                  Journal club 1 credit
  Pre-dissertation research 1 credits

Summer, Year 2

  Study for qualifying exam  
  Pre-dissertation research  
  Qualifying exam  
  Declare major and dissertation advisor  

 

Total, years 1 and 2

31-40 didactic credits + 2 non-didactic credits
  3 research rotations
  2 semesters of pre-dissertation research
  qualifying exam
  selects program & dissertation advisor

1 First-year students will receive brief training in laboratory and chemical safety, good laboratory practice, an orientation to the Health Sciences Library and its services, and an introduction to research opportunities at NYMC.