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Course Descriptions (effective July 2015)

Note: All courses are graded unless identified as pass/fail. Hours listed are semester credit hours.

  • BMSCI 510 Human Biochemistry I (2.5 hrs) This course describes the molecular basis of cell function and the biochemical basis of structure and functions of the body. Special attention is given to disease states caused by biochemical abnormalities as well as genetic abnormalities. The broad objective of the course is to contribute to the formation of a solid foundation of knowledge for future comprehension of clinical diagnosis and therapy. Laboratories are intended to reinforce basic concepts and to demonstrate the biochemical basis of key metabolic diseases. Clinical case presentations and small problem-based learning groups are used for instruction as well. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 512 Human Biochemistry II (1 hr) This course is a continuation of BMSCI 510. Prerequisite: Human Biochemistry I.
  • BMSCI 513 Human Biochemistry III (2 hrs) This course is a continuation of BMSCI 512. Prerequisite: Human Biochemistry II.
  • BMSCI 516 Histology I (1.5 hrs) This course focuses on cell biology, basic tissues and genetics in the study of the microscopic structure and normal development of tissues and organs of the body. This course is aimed at the recognition of that which is normal in order that modifications produced by pathological conditions or congenital malformations can be recognized. Prerequisites: None.  Because this class begins in Semester 1, students may need to take a separate course in Histology before beginning Histology II.
  • BMSCI 518 Histology II (1.5 hrs) This course is a continuation of BMSCI 516. Prerequisite: Histology I.
  • BMSCI 519 Histology III (1 hr) This course is a continuation of BMSCI 518. Prerequisite: Histology II.
  • BMSCI 520 Immunology I (1 hr) This course is concerned with the humoral and cell-mediated immune systems of man and their role in autoimmunity, transplantation phenomena, host-parasite relationships and disease. The laboratory allows hands-on use of several clinical immunology-based test kits. The broad objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the numerous immunologic issues that will come forth in conditions taught in Medical Microbiology. Prerequisites: Enrolled in Human Biochemistry I.
  • BMSCI 522 Medical Microbiology (2.5 hrs)This course is concerned with the structure, metabolism and genetics of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites in relation to their identification, pathogenicity and antibiotic sensitivity. The laboratories cover basic microbiological procedures and techniques, and supplement the material being covered in the lectures. The broad objective of this course is to teach the basic understanding of virology, bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. Prerequisites: Enrolled in Human Biochemistry I.
  • BMSCI 524 Physiology I (1 hr) This course includes the study of the normal function of each of the organs and organ systems in the human body. Emphasis is placed on basic principles and mechanisms that have broad application throughout all areas of medical practice. The first section of physiology includes cellular, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal physiology. The second section of the course includes respiratory, renal and endocrine physiology. Conferences and problem-based workshops in each quarter provide clinical correlations. Laboratories demonstrate and reinforce the systems covered in lectures. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 526 Physiology II (3.5 hrs) This is a continuation of BMSCI 524. Prerequisites: Physiology I.
  • BMSCI 531 Physiology III (2 hrs) This is a continuation of BMSCI 526. Prerequisites: Physiology II.
  • BMSCI 532 Graduate Pharmacology (2 hrs) This course will provide the student with a basic overall understanding of the discipline of pharmacology at a level that will allow the student to apply pharmacological principles to their independent research project. The course will also provide an overall perspective of pharmacology emphasizing the basic principles of pharmacology. Specific categories of drugs will be presented and discussed based on the basic mechanism of action of the drug group. Specific drug classes to be discussed include those with an action on the autonomic and central nervous systems, and the cardiovascular system. Prerequisites: Human Biochemistry I, Physiology I and II.
  • BMSCI 530 Issues in Biomedical Science (1-3 hrs) This course is individually designed to provide focused education useful to the student's research project as needed. For example, it might consist of a relevant part of larger, multi-faceted course. This course is graded as pass/fail. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 540 Techniques in Biomedical Science (2 hrs) This course involves research experiences in a minimum of three research laboratories at ATSU/ KCOM with the purpose of helping students acclimate to the laboratory environment and becoming more familiar with potential research projects and potential Research Advisors. This course is graded as pass/fail. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 541 Introduction to Research Design (2 hrs) This course involves identifying and developing biomedical science research projects. Topics include defining research questions and hypotheses, establishing significance of the research, selecting outcome measures, and choosing appropriate experimental designs. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 542 Research, Design and Biostatistics (3 hrs) This is a course in experimental design, methodology and statistical analysis. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 544 Grant Writing (2 hrs) This course focuses on the technical aspects of organizing and writing a grant proposal, leading to the start of the student's own research proposal. Prerequisites: Introduction to Research Design.
  • BMSCI 545 Oral Presentation (1 hr) This course focuses on the preparation and presentation of research seminars. In addition to class instruction and discussion, students regularly attend and discuss basic science seminars. The course culminates in the student's presentation of his/her research proposal during a basic science seminar. Prerequisites: Grant Writing.
  • BMSCI 546 Ethics in Biomedical Research (2 hrs) -This course involves presentation and discussion of ethical issues to be considered in biomedical research. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 548 Critical Reading for Biomedical Science (1 hrs) This course involves group discussion of assigned multidisciplinary scientific research publications. The student will learn to evaluate and critique primary research publications. This course is graded as pass/fail. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 550 Topics in Biomedical Science (2 hrs) This focused course is designed to provide the narrow area of content that will be most useful as the student develops the research project. The course is directed by the student's Research Advisor and is set up on an individualized basis. Course work may involve directed reading, discussion, assignments, and attendance at appropriate specific lectures in the medical curriculum that are considered especially useful to the individual's research project. The student will write a literature review that should provide the basis of the introductory chapter of the thesis. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 561 Thesis Seminar (0 hrs) This course entials the student's presentation of the public and private portions of their thesis defense. This course is graded as pass/fail. Prerequisites: Fulfillment of all other planned coursework needed for completion of the Biomedical Sciences Program, except Thesis Research.
  • BMSCI 600 Advanced Standing Credit (10 hrs) This course accounts for the advanced standing provided students entering the Masters program who have completed at least the first year of medical school.
  • BMSCI 610 Hollister Research Training (4 hrs) - This course provides credit to students in the Hollister-KCOM Clinical Research Fellowship. This credit recognizes the professional training provided to Hollister Clinical Research Fellows during specialized training conducted by Hollister International at the start of the fellowship, and offsets required courses in the Masters program that are covered by this training.
  • BMSCI 624 Clinical Research (1-3 hrs) - This course involves mentored participation in a clinical research project. Prerequisites: None.
  • BMSCI 700 Thesis Research (9 hrs minimum, 15 hrs maximum, with 1-7 hrs allowed per semester) - This course provides credit for the intensive time and intellectual endeavor involved in data acquisition and writing the thesis on the student's research project. The research area must be supported by the individual's Advisory Committee and approved by the Graduate Program Committee during the first quarter that this course is taken by the individual. The candidate must be registered for this course at the time of the thesis defense. Letter grades are assigned for each quarter of enrollment. Prerequisites: None.