Major Concentrations

HSMSE offers three tracks for upperclassmen, the Advanced Engineering Program, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Biomedical Research Program, and the Mathematics Program. These concentrations offer students additional depth in their selected fields. In the spring of sophomore year, HSMSE students select concentrations for their junior and senior years. Selection for the three concentrations is based on student grades and expressed interest through an application process.

Advanced Engineering Program (link to Powerpoint  )
The Advanced Engineering Program offers students a continuation of the pre-engineering program offered in collaboration with Project Lead the Way at an advanced level. Juniors take Digital Electronics along with Principles of Engineering, and seniors select from Innovation and Design, Networking, and Advanced Civil Engineering & Architecture.

HSMSE Engineering students have the opportunity to apply for a paid research internship at CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering beginning in the summer before junior year, with the opportunity to continue through the school year.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine Biomedical Research Program (link to Powerpoint  )
This program was designed and implemented in collaboration with scientists and physicians at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The two-year program consists of advanced laboratory experiences and a research internship in one of the hospital units such as cardiology, oncology, obstetrics and the autopsy suite. The first-year course is an introduction to the basic concepts and laboratory skills used in the field of DNA and hybridoma technology. Students use state-of-the-art equipment similar to those in the professional laboratories of academic and industrial researchers, acquiring skills that are in demand in the health care industry. In addition, students have the opportunity to observe in Mount Sinai laboratories that use biotechnology. Students take courses in Bioethics, Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Biomedical Research, and Microbiology.

During the second year, participants are placed individually in two clinical or laboratory internships at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. These internships provide students with understanding, knowledge, and skills related to DNA and Biotechnology preparing them for college, graduate, and professional school. The program exposes the students to career possibilities in biotechnology, and also gives them the opportunity to explore areas of interest to them. Students in the Mount Sinai Science Research Program generate a science research paper suitable for entering into regional and national competitions.

Mathematics Concentration (link to Powerpoint  )
The Math Concentration at HSMSE provides an excellent chance for students who are interested in higher mathematics; they explore the creative and less conventional areas of math that ordinary high school classes do not cover. Juniors take two college credit-bearing courses from CCNY, Pre-Calculus and Calculus, as well as AP Statistics. Juniors in the Math Concentration take Principles of Engineering as well. In 12th grade, most students will take AP Calculus BC and a full-year course entitled “Advanced Topics,” which comprises Graph Theory, Number Theory, Game Theory, Problem Solving, and Maple programming. The Maple language is a full computer programming language designed for mathematical computation. All students in this concentration are required to complete at least two semesters of Varsity Math Team. Furthermore, students have opportunities to go beyond this curriculum by participating in college courses, local and national math research fairs and competitions, independent research projects, and robotics.

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