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Course Descriptions

Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

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Course Name

ANAT 503

Human Anatomy with Laboratory

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This course provides an introduction to the study of human anatomy in a lecture and laboratory format. The course focuses on the gross anatomy of the body cavities, upper extremity, and head. Relevant embryological development of these regions is also included. Laboratory sessions include study of human cadaver prosections and dissection of portions of other vertebrate specimens. Student progress is evaluated through written and practical examinations.

Credits: 4

BMED 500

Introduction to Capstone Course

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This course helps the student begin the necessary preparation for the Capstone Project; an integrative summation of learning on a selected topic presented in a portfolio and poster in the spring quarter. The course will focus on poster topic selection, including basic science aspects, and the requirements for the Capstone Portfolio. Successful completion of the course requires selecting partners, identifying a disease/healthcare topic and biomedical focus, submitting a proposed poster outline, and developing a Portfolio Education Plan.

Credits: 1

BMED  516

Introduction to Medical Ethics

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This course aims to improve critical thinking skills, introduce argumentation and argumentative writing, and to familiarize the student with some of the prominent ethical dilemmas in contemporary clinical medicine.

Credits: 2

BMED 524

Immunology

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This is a basic immunology course focusing on the concepts and components of the human immune system, with clinical examples presented when appropriate for enhancing comprehension of the material. The course will discuss established paradigms, experimental approaches, and biotechnological applications of immunology. Instruction and assessment will focus on acquisition and application of basic knowledge, as well as creative and critical thinking skills.

Credits: 2

BMED 525

Microbiology I

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This introduction to the central concepts of microbiology is intended to orient students to current ideas and directions in microbiology. Objectives include: 1) introduce the basic structures and biological activities of the major groups of microbiota, 2) develop an understanding of the relationship between microbes, and between microbes and their hosts, and 3) provide students with an appreciation of the relationship between microbial evolution and disease. The course includes student reviews of the microbiological literature, discussion of concepts, and integration of topics.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

BMED 550 Biochemistry

BMED 526

Microbiology II

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This course uses the transcendent concepts introduced in BMED 525 Microbiology I to study infection, mechanisms of pathogenicity, and specific bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases. The course includes student reviews of the microbiological literature, discussion of concepts, and integration of current topics.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

BMED 524 Immunology; BMED 525 Microbiology I

BMED  541

Genetics

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This lecture course will introduce the student to the principles of genetics from a medical perspective, with specific topics drawn from classical, population, quantitative, and molecular genetics. The course will include topics such as clinical cytogenetics, genetics of common disorders, genetic counseling, and personalized genetic medicine, in addition to the Mendelian transmission of traits, the Central Dogma and the analysis of protein structure and function, an understanding of biological variation in populations, and principles of polygenic inheritance.

Credits: 3

BMED  550

Biochemistry

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This course covers the structures, properties, chemistry, and metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids within the context of human biochemistry. The regulation and integration of metabolism at the cellular and tissue levels within the human body during the fed and fasting states will be emphasized. Correlations to disease processes are used to illustrate clinical applications of biochemical concepts. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed with problem sets.

Credits: 3

BMED  554

Molecular Cell Biology

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This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the function of eukaryotic cells at the molecular level. Topics covered include cell structure, gene transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, DNA replication, cell signaling, regulation of cell growth and differentiation. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed using problem sets.

Credits: 3

BMED 574

Pharmacology I

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This course begins with principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as related to humans. The underlying physiology and pathology of disease is discused as students learn about common drugs affecting major organ systems of the body, in particular the autonomic nervous system.

Credits: 3Core Sequence 3 for the MBS program

BMED 575

Pharmacology II

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This course continues on the material presented in BMED 574, covering pathophysiology and drugs of the cardiovascular and renal systems, the central nervous system, hemostasis, the autocoids, the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine system, and chemotherapy.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

Core sequence 3

BMED 590

Capstone Course

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This course represents the integrative summation of the required coursework in the Master's curriculum. Successful completion of the course requires the preparation of a scholarly, literature-based portfolio on a topic of the student's choice (usually a disease condition) and presentation of the topic in a research poster format. Throughout the course, the student is required to show progression on their topic through submission of outlines and drafts of their portfolio and poster presentation.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the first two quarters of the MA curriculum

HIST  502

Histology

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The purpose of histology is to acquire a basic foundation in the structure of cells, tissues, and selected organ systems. This knowledge assists the healthcare professional in interpreting laboratory test results and in assessing normal versus pathologic structure. The histology terminology taught is the vocabulary for continuing medical education used throughout the healthcare professional's career. (Core Sequence 1)

Credits: 2

PHYS 1571, 1582

Human Physiology I, II

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In this two-quarter series, students are introduced to the basic physiological principles that underlie normal function of various organs and organ systems. Emphasis is given to developing an understanding of health in physiological terms and appreciating the diverse regulatory processes that maintain the homeostasis of the human body. Topics presented include a general study of cell function; properties of excitable cells; and the function of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Credits: 4 credits each course