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Biomedical Science BS-PhD Dual Degree

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  • Since 1994, New Jersey City University, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ-GSBS), has offered a unique educational program in which qualified students prepare to pursue a PhD in the Biomedical Sciences. Students admitted to this undergraduate-graduate degree program are required to follow a course of study in Biology or Chemistry at New Jersey City University. Upon successful completion of prescribed coursework at New Jersey City University, students continue their studies at UMDNJ-GSBS working toward a doctoral degree. Upon completing the entire program, students will be awarded a BS degree from New Jersey City University and a PhD degree from UMDNJ-GSBS.

    NJCU Baccalaureate Admission Criteria and Process (First Phase)

    To be admitted into the Degree Option Program at New Jersey City University, applicants must:

    • Demonstrate an interest and ability in the sciences, and be highly motivated;
    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
    • Comply with all admissions requirements, as outlined in the current edition of the New Jersey City University Undergraduate Catalog
    • Submit applications to the Joint Admissions Committee at New Jersey City University-Admissions Office; and
    • Submit letters of recommendation and SAT scores in verbal and math sections. 

    Application for admission to the combined BS-PhD program should be made by March 1 of the sophomore year. After receipt of applications and supporting materials, the Joint Admissions Committee will review applications and select the applicants to be invited for interviews. The Committee will make the final selection of students to be admitted and notify them accordingly.

    Degree Option Program Requirements

    Students are required to follow an accelerated major program at NJCU and to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all course work and a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each science course required for later admission to UMDNJ-GSBS. To effectively plan an appropriate plan of study, interested students are strongly advised to contact Dr. Laura Pannaman, program advisor, early in their first year at NJCU. Students also participate in the Undergraduate Summer Research program at UMDNJ-GSBS for 2 or 3 summers and are awarded a stipend each summer of research. The 10-week program provides an opportunity for student participants to perform hands-on biomedical research under the supervision of a faculty member. Upon successful completion of all articulated program requirements, degree option students will be permitted to matriculate in one of the PhD programs at UMDNJ-GSBS. 

    Students in the Degree Option Program must satisfactorily complete the following at New Jersey City University:

    · All Undergraduate Requirements (18 cr.)

    · General Studies Areas (48 cr.)

    · Principles of Biology I and II

    · General Chemistry I and II, including laboratories

    · Organic Chemistry I and II

    · Physics I and II, including laboratories

    · Statistics OR Computer Tools for Science and Math

    · Specific biology and chemistry courses to meet major requirements, as listed in the NJCU Undergraduate Catalog 

    UMDNJ-GSBS Doctoral Program Admission (Second Phase)

    To be admitted to the UMDNJ-GSBS doctoral program, NJCU undergraduates in the Degree Option Program must:

    · Satisfactorily complete the undergraduate credit and course requirements listed above at NJCU;

    · Satisfactorily complete the UMDNJ-GSBS Summer Research Program, 3 years;

    · Obtain a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); and

    · Be recommended by the Joint Admissions Committee. 

    Tuition and Financial Assistance

    Tuition for study at NJCU, including summer courses, is the same as charged to all NJCU students. Tuition waiver and award of a graduate fellowship during the graduate phase of the program at UMDNJ is the same as that for other students enrolled at UMDNJ-GSBS. Summer research participants will receive a stipend. Financial aid is available at both schools in the same manner as made available to all students admitted into their programs. 

    Faculty advisor:
    Dr. Laura Pannaman
    S 335
    tel. 201-200-3054

    lpannaman@njcu.edu