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Biomedical Sciences Course Descriptions

BMS 501 Biostatistics (3)

This course provides a survey of fundamental statistical concepts. Methods of data collection, management, presentation, and descriptive and inferential statistics are included in this course. Theoretical concepts, as well as the descriptive and analytic research methods used in research and evaluation of health status and health services.

BMS 505 Biotechnology (3)

This course will provide students with an everyday understanding and application of molecular and immunological technique (Special fee).

BMS 507 Basic Research Methodology (3)

This course is an introduction to principles of biomedical research and critical analysis of the current literature. The course provides an overview of experimental design, statistical analysis, and publication preparation.

BMS 510 Pathophysiology (3)

A study of the alterations in biological processes that affect homeostasis in the human body. It includes the dynamic aspects of disease, mechanisms involved, signs, and symptoms. Physical and laboratory findings are emphasized.

BMS 511 Forensic Pathology (3)

An examination into the field of Forensic Pathology and how this branch of medicine applies the principle and knowledge of the medical sciences in recognizing and interpreting diseases and injuries to the human body in the medico-legal investigation of death.

BMS 527 Biochemistry I (3)

Biochemistry I provides an introduction to the fundamental aspects of biochemistry. It gives an overview of the structure, function, and metabolism of biologically important molecules; carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Enzyme kinetics, allostery, enzyme inhibition, and control are considered in detail. The course concludes with a review of amino acid metabolism. Throughout the course, the emphasis is placed on the regulation of metabolic pathways and on their interrelationships in health and disease.

BMS 528 Biochemistry II (3)

Biochemistry II considers the application of biochemistry to disease etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Cell membranes and the structure, function, and replication of the cell’s genetic material are described. The digestion and absorption of nutrients is reviewed and the consequences of malfunction considered. A number of disease states are used to illustrate selected principles including the relationship between nutrition and disease; atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and diabetes. The application of clinical biochemistry techniques to disease diagnosis is described and the biochemistry of exercise and aging visited. Prerequisites: BMS 527.

BMS 535 Human Embryology (3)

A study of human embryological development including fertilization and the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in embryogenesis. Congenital abnormalities and clinical applications will also be discussed.

BMS 537 Molecular Genetics (3)

This course discusses the genetic influences that affect the course of human development from reproduction through the prenatal, neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, and adult periods. Screening protocols, early intervention, and new treatment modalities will be discussed.

BMS 547 Neuroanatomy (5)

This course will provide an in-depth review of the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The course will include presentation of the morphologic and physiologic aspects of the nervous system, including examination of anatomical models, prosections, and histological preparations. Clinical correlations using case studies, including normal and pathological imaging studies (e.g. MRI, CT, etc.), are incorporated to emphasize the important anatomic structures and their function. Lecture and laboratory. (Special fee).

BMS 550 Histology and Cell Biology (4)

The course provides an in-depth study of the microscopic anatomy dealing with the structure of cells, basic concepts of cell physiology, including structure and function of cellular membranes and organelles, cell growth, and communication and nucleic acid structure and synthesis. The course presents the normal microscopic structure of the human body tissues and organs in relation to their functions. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the morphology with the biochemical and physiologic processes of the body. Lecture and laboratory. (Special fee).

BMS 553 Health Law and Ethics (3)

This course will provide a basic understanding of the legal issues as civil liabilities including medical malpractice, professional fees splitting, self-referrals, and licensing, administrative, and corporate law/governance pertaining to health services. The course provides an understanding of applicable laws and regulations as well as ethical and social issues in health care services. This course provides a practical and applicable framework to analyze the many complex issues in the modern health care industry.

BMS 555 Immunology (3)

This course presents fundamental concepts of immunology and the role of the immune system in health and disease, and the use of serological and antibody-based methods in the clinical lab. A Review of the biological effects of immunologic reactions, antibody formation and interactions, and immunological specificity of normal and diseased cells and tissues will be discussed.

BMS 590 Gross Anatomy (6)

An intensive study of the human anatomy that emphasis the gross structural anatomy of the human body and correlation to clinical medicine. The human body will be correlated with surface anatomy, radiology, osteology, and other relevant clinical information. Lecture and lab.

BMS 595 Human Physiology (6)

This course is a comprehensive study of the function and regulation of human organ systems of the body and physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis. Course will include neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms and study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, endocrine systems, and fluid electrolyte balance. Lecture and Lab.

BMS 600 Pathology (4)

Fundamental principles of disease processes such as, tissue injury and repair, inflammation, the immune response, and neoplasia as well as mechanisms of hemodynamic and metabolic derangement; illustrated by means of clinical material and case studies.

BMS 620 Pharmacology (3)

Course encompasses basic pharmacological principles/classes of drugs. Include drug interactions with biological receptors, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Drugs are covered on a systems basis.

BMS 623 Medical Microbiology (3)

The fundamentals of microbial physiology, genetics and immunology are presented with important bacterial, viral, parasitic, and mycotic infections discussed from the standpoint of etiology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis and laboratory diagnosis. Treatment, prevention, and control of microorganisms are also discussed.

BMS 635 Nutrition (2)

The course considers the principles of nutrition and its applications. In particular, selected biochemical aspects of nutrition and the biological effects of excess or deficiency of nutrients will be reviewed. The course has been designed so as to provide the necessary information to allow the student to make informed decisions with regard to nutritional well-being. It prompts the student to learn more about themselves, their diet, and the maintenance of sustainable good health. It also serves to raise awareness of topical nutrition issues.

BMS 644 Cancer Biology (3)

Major topics considered in this course include: Introduction to concepts and principles of cancer; cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in cancer development and progression; epidemiology and current and future diagnostic and therapeutic regimens involved in the treatment of the disease.

BMS 648 Epidemiology (3)

This is a general course in epidemiology with emphasis on current topics and applications in the Public Health arena. Addresses the behavioral models of health and disease, the social barrier to care, and the effectiveness of the health system in promoting optimal health behavior in patients and health care personnel as well as the organizations in which they work. Students are expected to gain a fundamental working knowledge of epidemiology methodology. A study of health and health status and health assessment in the community is an important goal of this course.

BMS 665 Advanced Study (1-3)

Courses in Advanced Study include courses in emerging interdisciplinary fields of biomedical science. May include assigned readings from current literature, reports, and presentations. (Special fee may apply)

BMS 670 Seminar (2)

This course is specifically designed to expose the student to selected current topics in biomedical and clinical sciences, classroom discussion, assigned reading, reports, and presentations. The course is specifically designed to improve student presentation skills and potential for collaborative work. Courses may be evaluated by peer presentations throughout the semester.

BMS 671 Capstone (3)

This course is the Capstone Project for the MS in Biomedical Sciences graduate program. Students will conduct a directed research project. Students will be required to design, implement, and present their research findings.

BMS 675 Research (3-6)

A research project under the guidance of an advisor. Specific guidelines and protocols must be approved by the program director prior to the start of the project. (Special fee may apply).

CMP 699 Comprehensive Examination (CR/NC)

Master’s students must pass a comprehensive qualifying examination based on the required course work in order to receive their degree (Prefix: CMP)

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