College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

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.

Course Name

ANATD 0503

Human Anatomy

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This course provides fundamental knowledge of normal human structure and function. The emerging theme will be the interrelationships between structural design and functional capabilities. During this course, basic components including tissues, muscles, nerves, bones and joints will be covered. The musculoskeletal system in particular will be highlighted in both lecture and laboratory formats.

Credits: 4

ANATD 0520

Human Neuroscience

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In this course students learn to identify and describe the basic structural components and corresponding functions of the human nervous system. Lectures are given by faculty from the Department of Anatomy.

Credits: 3

BIOCD 0510

Biochemistry I

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This course emphasizes principles and concepts of structure-function relationships in major biomolecules and human metabolism. This course includes lectures and workshops which utilize small group discussions focusing on clinical case studies to illustrate principles of clinical biochemistry.

Credits: 2.5

BIOCD 0570

Biochemistry II

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This course combines lectures and small group discussions of clinical case studies in workshops. Lectures address principles of human gene expression, chromosomal abnormalities, pharmacogenomics, multifactorial inheritance, and nutrition. Workshops feature clinical case studies to illustrate principles of clinical biochemistry and application to the principles of pharmacy.

Credits: 4.5


BIOCD 0560 Biochemistry I

BISCD 0530

Professional Development

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The purpose of this required pass/fail course is to provide students with skills that are necessary for professional development. The course will feature professionals from different disciplines who will discuss their professions and career paths. The course will also provide students training in interviewing, writing resumes/CVs, writing cover letters and personal statements.

Credits: 1

BISCD 0540


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This course is designed to discuss the etiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology of selected human disease conditions. A brief review of the normal physiology of each organ system will be discussed prior to presenting prominent disease conditions in each of the following areas: immune regulation; wound healing; hematologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, neural, and musculoskeletal systems. The information presented in this course will build on previous information obtained in Human Physiology I and II.

Credits: 4

MICRD 0520

Molecular Immunology

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This didactic course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of immunology and delve into the molecular mechanisms behind these principles. It will focus on the innate and adaptive immune responses, detailing signal transduction mechanisms responsible for leukocyte activation, epigenetic remodeling involved in leukocyte differentiation, and the molecular biology behind immune responses. Additionally, it will detail recent advances in immunoprophylaxis, and therapies.

Credits: 3

MICRD 0530

Medical Microbiology

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This course introduces the student to the medical microbial world with those concepts that are basic to viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. In addition to the infectious diseases as the main topics covered in the lecture, in depth understanding of the molecular biology, genetics and virulence factors of microorganisms will be explained to gain a complete picture of bacterial pathogenesis. MICRD 0583 Medical Microbiology with lab for 4 credits may be taken as an alternative after Program Director's approval.

Credits: 3

PHARD 0594, 0595, 0596

Pharmacology I, II, III

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This course sequence introduces students to the general principles of drug action and the therapeutic uses and toxicities of drugs commonly used in humans. A drug's action is considered on an organ-system basis. Specific topics include drugs acting on the: autonomic and central nervous systems, cardiovascular and renal systems, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. In addition, discussions on chemotherapy of microbial and parasitic organisms, chemotherapy of neoplastic diseases, drugs acting on blood-forming organs, and hormones are presented. This course also includes discussions of environmental toxic agents and antidotes.

Credits: Each course 3

PHYSD 0520, 0521

Human Physiology I, II

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Students are introduced to the physiological principles and regulatory processes that underlie the normal function of the human body, and develop an understanding of the physiologic responses to perturbation of homeostasis and of pathophysiologic alterations that occur in disease. Didactic lectures are supplemented with workshops that focus on application of physiological concepts. Topics include the properties of excitable cells and the functions of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Credits: Each course 3.5