College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Electives

Master of Biomedical Sciences Degree Program

Not all electives are offered every year.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

BIOCG 851

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

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 805

Medical Terminology

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This elective 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

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 813

Writing for Publication

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Scientific writing is a specialized discipline which clearly, accurately and concisely conveys ideas and information. This course is designed to help students organize and write a research paper, produce supporting figures and tables, recognize and emulate quality writing, and understand the editorial process that is central to ensuring quality scientific literature. Students are assessed based on the production of a manuscript suitable for submission as a publication using their own research data.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 816

Introduction to Medical Ethics

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The objective of this course are 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

BMMSG 818

Grant Writing in the Health Sciences

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This course is designed to teach students the process of writing a complete grant that meets requirements for federal grant applications. Each student learns to identify appropriate funding sources, plan a research project, organize data, write a research project budget, develop specific aims, and reference the most appropriate literature. The course culminates in a written grant proposal suitable for submission.

Credits: 3

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 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

Prerequisites

BMMSG 524 Immunology

BMMSG 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: 1

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 574; Pharmacology I; PHYSG 1572 Human Physiology I; PHYSG 1583 Human Physiology II

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 871, 872, 873

Medicinal Chemistry I, II, III

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These courses discuss the chemistry of therapeutic agents – drugs. BMMSG 871 focuses on functional chemical groups and drug metabolism. BMMSG 872 and BMMSG 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: Each course 1.5

BMMSG 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

BMMSG 878

Drugs of Addiction

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This course provides the student with an understanding of the psychological and 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

BMMSG 891, 892

Advanced Topics I, II

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The Advanced Topic Series is an opportunity for students to receive individualized or small group instruction on selected advanced topics in any of the basic science disciplines. The format for instruction includes mentoring by individual faculty, case study discussion, review of landmark publications, and class presentations. Students are expected to master major concepts specific to the discipline selected. The mentoring faculty individualizes evaluation of the students.

Credits: 1-3

BMMSG 893

Special Topics

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This independent study-style course is intended to allow students to explore topics of interest not otherwise covered in the curriculum. Students must identify a faculty member to oversee and approve the independent study and meet with faculty to discuss the topic and formulate a plan of study. Students will present their findings at the end of the course. Usually, the course will involve an academic review of pertinent literature and the writing of a review paper.

Credits: 1-3

PSCIG 1308

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 poisonous situations and recommend management scenarios. Lectures and workshops involving case studies and field trips will be utilized.

Credits: 1.5