College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Electives

Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences Program

Not all electives are offered every year.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

BIOCG 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

BMMAG 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 (e.g. interviewing skills, writing a personal statement, creating a resume, and selecting an appropriate professional school).

Credits: 2

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 811

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,and aids in the interpretation of research presented in the literature.

Credits: 3

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 822

Molecular Virology

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This course focuses on the molecular and biological aspects of human viruses. Emphasis will be placed on the viral genetics, viral life-cycle, and diseases caused by members of the major virus families. Additionally, the historical significance of specific viruses will be highlighted along with current outbreaks around the globe.

Credits: 3

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 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 mechanisms 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

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 865

Pathophysiology

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This course will introduce the student to current literature relating to pathophysiology and 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

BMMAG 574 Pharmacology; PHYSG 1571 Human Physiology I; PHYSG 1582 Human Physiology II

BMMAG 871, 872, 873

Medicinal Chemistry I, II, III

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These courses discuss the chemistry of therapeutic agents – drugs. BMMAG 871 focuses on functional chemical groups and drug metabolism. BMMAG 872 and BMMAG 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

BMMAG 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

BMMAG 878

Drugs of Addiction

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This course will provide students with an understanding of the psychological and 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 is placed on abuse potential, addictive behaviors and societal impact associated with each substance.

Credits: 2

PSCIG 1307

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