Science Electives (at least 9 credit hours)

Students take at least 9 credit hours of courses from the list below, or comparable courses as approved by the Program Director.

BMS 527 Biochemistry I - 3 Credits

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 emphasis is placed on the regulation of metabolic pathways and on their interrelationships in health and disease. Same as GMS 527.

BMS 528 Biochemistry II - 3 Credits

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. Same as GMS 528.

BMS 537 Human genetics - 3 Credits

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 644 Cancer biology - 3 Credits

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.

HSA 535 Applied Biostatistics - 3 Credits

This course provides a survey of fundamental statistical concepts and applied techniques related to the practice of health services management. Methods of data collection, management, presentation, and descriptive and inferential statistics are included in this course, as well as research methodology theory applied to Public Health and Health Services. The course examines theoretical concepts, descriptive and analytic research methods that are used by the main disciplines engaged in research and evaluation of health status and health services.

BMS 555 Immunology - 3 Credits

A study of antibody formation, antigen-antibody interactions. Review of the biological effects of immunologic reactions, immunological specificity of normal and diseased cells and tissues will be discussed.