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Program Overview

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of the following courses:

Required Core Courses

Credits

General Biochemistry I  (BCHM 1010) 4 credits
Fundamentals of Cell Physiology  (PHYM 1011) 1 credits
Cell Biology  (CBAM 1360) 3 credits
Responsible Conduct of Research  (BMSM 2020) 2 credits
Life in Biomedical Research I and II  (BMSM 3510, 3520) 4 credits
Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences  (BMSM 1200) 2 credits
Ph.D. Research Rotations   (BMSM 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 (PHYM 1010 or 1013, 1020) 7 credits
General Biochemistry II (BCHM 1020) 4 credits
Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BCHM 1250) 4 credits
Microbiology courses (MCRM 1010, 2010, 2110) 2-9 credits


Program-specific requirements
 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
BCHM 1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression  4 Fall, Year 1
BCHM 1020 General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 1
BCHM 2690 Protein Structure & Function 3 Spring, Year 1
  Electives (didactic credits only) 2 Year 2
  TOTAL (Core + Program-Specific ) 29  

 


Cell Biology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
BCHM 1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression 4 Fall, Year 2
CBAM 1420 Histology – Cell Biology * 6 Fall, Year 2
BMSM 1420 Neuroscience * 7 Spring, Year 2
  Electives (didactic credits only) 7-9 Year 2
  TOTAL (Core + Program-Specific ) 35  

* Students are required to takes either CBAM 1420 or BMSM 1420.


Microbiology & Immunology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
MCRM 1010 General Microbiology 4 Fall, Year 1
MCRM 1020 General Microbiology II 4 Spring, Year 1
  Electives (didactic credits only) * 5 Year 2
  TOTAL (Core + Program-Specific ) 29  

 * at least 5 elective credits must be in advanced microbiology and immunology courses.


Pathology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
BCHM 1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression 4 Fall, Year 1
BCHM 1020 General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 1
PATM 1050 Conceptual Pathology 2 Fall or Spring, Year 2
PATM 1080 Introduction to Pathology 3 Fall or Spring, Year 2
PATM 1090 Systemic Pathology 3 Spring, Year 2
  TOTAL (Core + Program-Specific ) 32  

 


Pharmacology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
PHYM 1010 Mammalian Physiology I * 4 Fall, Year 1
PHYM 1020 Mammalian Physiology II 4 Spring, Year 1†
BCHM 1020 General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 1†
PHRM 1010 Pharmacology I 4 Fall, Year 2
PHRM 1020 Pharmacology II 4 Spring, Year 2
  Electives in pharmacology -
(didactic credits only)
4 Years 2-3
  TOTAL (Core + Program-Specific ) 39  

* instead of PHYM 1011. Alternatively, PHYM 1011 plus PHYM 1013.
† Because of the heavy course load, students electing these courses may defer CBAM 1360 or BMSM 2020 to Year 2.


Physiology

Catalog # Course title Credits When
PHYM 1010 Mammalian Physiology I * 4 Fall, Year 1
PHYM 1020 Mammalian Physiology II 4 Spring, Year 1
BCHM 1250 Biochemistry of Gene Expression 4 Fall, Year 2
BCHM 1020  General Biochemistry II 4 Spring, Year 2
  Electives in physiology -
(didactic credits only)
8 Years 2-3
  TOTAL (Core + Program-Specific ) 37  

* instead of PHYM 1011. Alternatively, PHYM 1011 plus PHYM 1013.
 


Typical academic schedule 

Fall, Year 1

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

Spring, Year 1

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

Summer, Year 1

BMSM 1200 Statistics 2 credits
BMSM 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 & 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.