Students are awarded a Master of Science degree on (1) completion of 36 points with an average of B or better and (2) satisfactory completion of a qualifying paper, also known as a Master’s thesis. Of the 36 points required, 24 must be from the Department of Biology at New York University. Courses numbered in the 1000-level and 2000-level ranges are open to students in the M.S. program. All entering M.S. students typically take Bio Core 1, BIOL-GA 1001, and Bio Core 2, BIOL-GA 1002. The The M.S. program offers four areas of specialization: general biology, bioinformatics and systems biology, recombinant DNA technology, and oral biology.