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Program Requirements

In order to pass the level 1 qualifying exam in the MCD subprogram, the material covered in the following courses (or their equivalents) are very strongly recommended:

BIOL 700XX Genetics (lecture)
BIOL 710XX Molecular Biology (lecture)
BIOL 714XX Cell Biology (lecture)
BIOL 750XX Developmental Biology (lecture)

All first-year students will also participate in a seminar course centering on MCD research at CUNY, preparation for the First Exam, and professional development: 

Biol 79302 MCD Seminar

To ensure that all students have an adequate breadth of exposure to the wide variety of MCD research at CUNY, first year MCD students will complete three 10-week research rotations in participating laboratories on at least two CUNY campuses. Students will receive 2 credits for each research rotation under the following course number:

BIOL 71101 Lab Rotation (MCD)

In the second year, students are advised to take several 3-credit seminar courses on special topics given by MCD faculty experts. Among many others, some examples of these topics include:

    1. Gene Regulation In Development And Disease

    2. Genome Integrity

    3. Cell Biology Of The Nervous System


    4. Cancer Genomics


    5. Frontiers Of Live Cell Imaging


    6. Bioinformatics


    7. Organization Of Nuclear Transport

    8. The Ubiquitin/Proteasome Pathway

    9. Biology And Immunology Of Aids


    10. Hot Topics In Developmental Neurobiology

The remainder of the 45 credits needed to reach level II, and the total of 60 credits needed to reach level III are made up from research lab credits under the following course numbers:
BIOL 89800 Advanced Study 1 to 10 CR (per semester)
BIOL 89900 Independent Doctoral Research 1 to 10 CR (in total).