M.S. Biochemistry

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Biochemistry students earn their M.S. degree after completing a total of 30 credits. Several of the Biochemistry courses are held at the CUNY Graduate School.

Comprehensive Examination 

A comprehensive examination is required of all students except those who have completed a thesis.


Those who choose to do the thesis must have a mentor to guide their research and 2 additional faculty members to serve on their thesis committee. The research topic must be approved by the Graduate Committee. The research must be completed in two years from the initial date of registration for thesis research, continuing registration until completed.

Thesis Research is offered as Chem B9901-B9905.  Masters students choosing to do a thesis will take 20 credits from the courses listed below and 10 credits of B9901-B9905.


Required Courses

Chem A8005: Biochemistry II
BICM 71010: Advanced Biochemistry I
BICM 71020: Advanced Biochemistry II
BICM 71110 Research Techniques in Biochemistry

Two of the following four:
BICM 72010 Basic Seminar in Biochemistry I
BICM 72020 Basic Seminar in Biochemistry II
BICM 81000 Seminar in Biochemistry (1cr.)
Chem B9800 Seminar in Biochemistry (1cr.)

One of the following two:
Chem B5000 Organic Mechanisms
BICM 75000 Bioorganic Chemistry

One of the following two:
BICM 77000 Physical Biochemistry
Phys V3800 Biophysics

Elective Courses

Two approved graduate courses in Biology (one course should be in molecular genetics).

For descriptions of Chemistry courses, see M.S. Courses and Syllabi.

BICM courses are offered through the Biochemistry Program of the Graduate School of the City University of New York.