Degree Requirements for Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BCB) MS Program

Research-based thesis option (30 credits)
The research-based thesis option requires 30 credits comprised of 24 credits in core courses, at least 2 credits of MS Thesis in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in addition to the Research Practicum course included in the core curriculum, and 6 elective credits. Thesis research can be conducted in the laboratory of Biochemistry and Cell Biology faculty, in the research laboratories of faculty from other Departments at Stony Brook, and at Brookhaven National Laboratory, or through research internships under the guidance of approved mentors at local biotechnology firms. This option requires completion of a written, research-based project.

Literature-based thesis option (30 credits)
The literature-based thesis option requires 30 credits comprised of 24 credits in core courses, including 4 credits of MS Research practicum, 2 credits of MS Thesis in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and 6 elective credits. This option requires completion of a written, literature-based project.

 Core Course Requirements (24 credits)

  • MCB 503 Molecular Genetics (Fall, 3 credits)
  • MCB 520 Graduate Biochemistry I (Fall, 3 credits)
  • MCB 656 Cell Biology (Spring, 4 credits)
  • BCB 551 Introduction to Research in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Integrity in Science (Fall, 2 credits)
  • BCB 552 Advanced Laboratory Methods in Biochemistry and Cell
    Biology (Fall, 3 credits)
  • BCB 559 MS Research Practicum in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Fall, Spring & Summer, 0-4 credits)
  • BCB 599 MS Thesis in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Fall, Spring
    & Summer, 0 – 6 credits)
  • MCB 601 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Fall, 1 credit)
  • MCB 602 Colloquium in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Spring, 1 credit)