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Electives

Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program

Not all electives are offered every year.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

BIOC  850

Nutritional Biochemistry

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This course examines the impact of nutrients and energy balance on health and well being of humans throughout the life cycle. In addition, the course explores the role of nutrition in several multifactorial human diseases.

Credits: 3

BMED  611

Research Design and Statistics

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This course provides an overview of research designs and basic statistical approaches used in basic science, applied and descriptive research. The course teaches basic research skills used in all disciplines of the health professions, lays the groundwork for each student's master's project, and aids in the interpretation of research presented in the literature.

Credits: 3

BMED  801

Health Career Planning

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The purpose of this course is to help students understand the admissions process for postbaccalaureate programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other health professional programs. This is accomplished by discussing the variety of healthcare professions available and assisting the student in the skills necessary to be a successful candidate (interviewing skills, writing a personal statement, creating a resume, and selecting an appropriate professional school).

Credits: 2

BMED  805

Medical Terminology

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This course is intended to broaden the students' understanding of the lexicon for the medical sciences. The course format includes lectures, readings, and discussions designed to facilitate an understanding of the roots of medical terms. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to describe and apply the basic principles of root words, suffixes, and prefixes of medical terms.

Credits: 2

BMED  808

Learning Styles and Assessment

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In this course, students will identify their predominant learning styles and explore methods to improve study habits and learning effectiveness. The course will also explore barriers to learning and how they can be assessed and treated.

Credits: 1

BMED  821

Emerging Infectious Diseases

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Following a series of introductory lectures on the special properties of newly emergent diseases, students research and present selected topics in infectious diseases currently recognized as emerging by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). An important aim of the course is to introduce students to literature research methods and to refine presentation skills within the biomedical and public health context.

Credits: 1

BMED 828

Public Health and Epidemiology

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Using a blended format (in-class and online) with emphasis on discussion and personal discovery, this course will introduce the student to public health, environmental health and epidemiology. It will increase awareness of public health activities and foster critical review of public health data found in news articles and professional journals. A student completing this course should have a better understanding of public health as well as how it can become part of a professional career.

Credits: 3

BMED 830

Topics in Cardiovascular Sciences

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This course provides a general knowledge of the most important and life-threatening types of cardiovascular disease, as well as the cellular and molecular mchanisms underlying the pathogenesis, and the current scientific approaches to investigate these diseases. The course will also introduce and explore the latest therapeutic approaches in the field of cardiovascular diseases.

Credits: 3

BMED  834

Embryology

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This course is designed to introduce students to the formation of the human body. In addition to learning about the normal development, students will learn about numerous types of birth defects.

Credits: 3

BMED  845

Oncology

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This course is an introduction to cancer and the biological aspects of tumor growth with emphasis on the development and progression of cancer. Selected methods of cancer diagnosis and therapy are discussed based on reviews of current literature.

Credits: 3

BMED  863

Neuroscience

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This course is an introductory survey intended to provide the student with a basic understanding of the nervous system at the cellular level. Topics of focus include basic neuronal function, development of the nervous system, sensory perception, and prevalent cognitive and neurodegenerative diseases. This is an interdisciplinary course that will integrate basic concepts in cellular biology, pharmacology and physiology as well as provide insight to the most recent advances in our understanding of neuropathology.

Credits: 3

BMED 865

Pathophysiology

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This course will introduce the student to current literature relating to pathophysiology and with how it is presented to clinicians. Students will read recent review articles relating to new findings about selected diseases. From the review articles, several research articles will be selected to read and discuss in depth. The purpose of the course is to expose the student to the latest developments in pathophysiology and how they relate to courses taken in the Biomedical Sciences program.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

HIST BMED 574; Pharmacology I; PHYS 1571 Human Physiology I; PHYS 1582 Human Physiology II

BMED  870

Drug Literature Evaluation

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This course introduces, discusses and applies primary, secondary and tertiary references commonly encountered in medical/ pharmaceutical education.

Credits: 1.5

BMED 871, 872, 873

Medicinal Chemistry I, II, III

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These courses discuss the chemistry of therapeutic agents – drugs. BMED 871 focuses on functional chemical groups and drug metabolism. BMED 872 and BMED 873 are coupled to the two pharmacology core courses by integrating the importance of chemical structure-activity relationships on a topic by topic basis.

Credits: 1.5 credits each course

BMED  876

Pharmacognosy

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Pharmacognosy is the discipline involved with the discovery, processing and formulation of drugs from natural sources. This course will cover the major classes of natural drugs including the glycosides, terpenoids, alkaloids, proteins, antibiotics and vaccines. In addition, newer sources of natural drugs such as the dynamic marine pharmacognosy and pharmacobiotechnology will be introduced.

Credits: 2

BMED  878

Drugs of Addiction

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This course will provide students with an understanding of the psychological, as well as the pharmacological, effects of the common drugs of addiction. The following drugs and drug classes will be reviewed: alcohol, stimulants, nicotine, hallucinogenics, inhalants, sedatives, and opioids. Topics covered include preferred routes of administration, absorption, distribution, mechanisms of action, tolerance and withdrawal. Particular emphasis will be placed on abuse potential, addictive behaviors and societal impact associated with each substance.

Credits: 2

PSCI  1306

Dangerous Plants and Animals

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This course focuses on the recognition and identification of dangerous plants and animals found primarily, but not exclusively, in Arizona. The student will learn to assess poisoning situations and recommend management scenarios. Lectures and workshops involving case studies and field trips will be utilized.

Credits: 1.5