Course Listing and Description

Core Courses

BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4)

An investigative study of the topics of gametogenesis, fertilization, embryogenesis and organogenesis. Molecular influences and cell interactions involved in differentiation and development are emphasized. Laboratory investigations use both descriptive and experimental approaches to study amphibian, bird, and mammal development. A research project and paper are required.

BMC 561 Biochemistry (3)

A survey of structure-function relationships of biological molecules and systems. Emphasis is placed on enzymology, intermediary metabolism, and metabolic control. Laboratory focuses on protein chemistry and involves an extended independently guided research project in which students develop their own hypotheses and test them using the techniques learned early in the course. Three lecture periods and one lab per week.

BMC 612 Human Gross and Microscopic Anatomy (4)

Anatomical study of body systems using mammalian and human cadaver materials. Histological studies are correlated with the above anatomical studies. Laboratory work includes dissection, osteology, and microscopy.

BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2)

This team-taught course involves a first orientation to the biomedicine program. Major discussion topics include library research techniques, technical writing practicums, creating an effective resume, survey of biomedicine-related careers, discovering biomedicine in the humanities, secular and religious approaches to bioethics, theologic themes in biomedicine, holistic healing, and complementary medicine.

BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II (2)

This team-taught course challenges students to grow in capacity for leadership in the medical field. Strategies include: reflection on leadership history, aptitudes and style; creating an inventory of current leadership skills, while identifying gaps for future growth. Special attention is also given to addressing population management risks as well as public health promotion opportunities. The course concludes with transformative medical leadership applications on the individual and collective levels.

BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine (3)

Under the direction of a faculty member, this course guides a student through the process of developing an original research project. Each student selects a specific biomedicine-related topic, develops a hypothesis and research proposal, and then tests and analyzes the data that they generate. By gathering and analyzing their own original data in relation to other relevant literature, students gain understanding and insight on their chosen topic and contribute to new information that is being generated in their field. The outcome includes preparing and defending an oral presentation and a research paper written in a CSE style. This course is the first in a series of two. Students enrolled in this course will subsequently be enrolled in BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine in the fall.

BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum (1 SH)

This course features experiential community learning in areas related to future vocation. Assigned shadowing or interactive experiences require 30-40 hours/semester credit hour outside of class as well as completing assigned related readings, maintaining a journal of experiences, providing feedback to other students. Typical experiences may involve interactions within hospitals, health care professionals, biomedical organizations, clinics, rescue squads, health departments, or life science education settings. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of at least two graduate level courses and/or instructor permission. A maximum of 4 SH of practicum credit can be applied toward a degree.

BMX 603 Cross Cultural Health Care/Biomedicine (3)

This summer course is experiential based and requires involvement and study in another cultural-setting for a three-week period. Students, under guidance from the instructor, explore values, methods, and outcomes of health care or the practice of biomedicine in a unique cultural setting. Differentiation of resources, social, psychological, and spiritual ideas contrasting the student’s personal culture with the explored culture are examined. Involvements with alternative medicine and healing practices are considered as are examination of traditional health care delivery methods in the studied culture. Students maintain reflective logs during the experience and ultimately create a reflective paper that summarizes and enlarges upon their experience. Cross-cultural settings may vary but frequently include areas such as a large inner city, native American, Appalachia, or a foreign country setting. A 3.0 GPA is required at the end of fall semester to be eligible to take BMX 603 the following summer.

BMC 613 Biomedical Research Design & Statistics (2)

This course covers basic principles of research methodology and experimental design. Topics include research design, measurements, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and the analysis of data. A computer statistical package (SPSS) is used to analyze data. Students critically evaluate published reports of biomedical studies with specific attention to their experimental design and the application of statistics.

BMX 613 Behavioral and Social Science Principles (3)

An overview of the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. Theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewed and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to health promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities. Basic principles from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other social science disciplines are analyzed in relation to the causes, consequences and control measures for public health problems.

BMX 611 Biomedicine, Faith, and Ethics in Context (3)

This team-taught course explores relationships between science and Christian faith by investigating scientific foundational ideas and their interaction with theology. Topics such as global and human origins, chance and complexity, human nature, mind, health and healing, environmental and medical ethics are examined and viewed through the lenses of Scripture, theology, and natural science. Students will be led to form and articulate a multidimensional world view that incorporates the realities of science and a holistic Christian faith.

Additional Natural Science Courses

BMC 562 Human Physiology (4)

An investigative study of selected body systems including neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. Extensive laboratory work emphases quantification and experimentation while using live materials and physiologic instrumentation.

BMS 572 Cognitive Psychology (3)

The field of cognitive psychology involves studying and thinking about thinking. Questions are asked about how we acquire, store, retrieve, and use knowledge. Students will actively study and apply various theories about human thinking. Topics such as models of memory, imaging, language comprehension, problem-solving, creativity and cognitive development will be covered.

BMC 552 Cell Biology (3)

A study of cellular architecture, communication, transport, motility, division, growth, and death. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of cancer at the cellular level, and on a quantitative understanding of cellular movements. Students read and report on research articles. The laboratory involves an introduction to common techniques employed in molecular biology followed by directed research projects of the student’s choosing. Two lecture periods and one extended lab per week.

BMS 562 Neurobiology (3)

This course explores the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience with an emphasis on the biology of the nervous system. It includes the structure of the nervous system, how neurons communicate electrically and chemically, sensory systems, motor systems, and the neural basis of behavior. Two lecture periods and two laboratory/recitation periods per week.

BMS 570 Medical Microbiology (3)

A comprehensive study of the field of microbiology, emphasizing the principles of medical microbiology and human symbioses. Included in the discussion will be additional focus on disease, treatment, emerging infectious diseases, biotechnology and global public health. Topics will be discussed using lectures, short lab periods, case studies and problem-based learning. Recitation section will pay particular emphasis on medically important bacteria and viruses and their associated diseases.

BMC 563 Molecular Genetics (3)

A study of the mechanisms of gene structure, stability, replication, transmission, and expression in eukaryotes. Themes include molecular evolution, viruses (including HIV), and heritable diseases. Students read and report on research articles. The laboratory involves an introduction to common techniques employed in molecular biology followed by directed research projects of the student’s choosing. Two lecture periods and two laboratory/recitation periods per week.

BMS 561 Immunology (3)

Survey of immunology including the nature of antigens and antibodies, the reactions between them, applications of these reactions to clinical diagnosis and the cellular events which occur during the immune response. Beneficial and pathological aspects of immunity are included. Three lectures and one laboratory/recitation period per week.

BMS 530 MCAT Prep (3)

This course will provide a comprehensive review of all topics found on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The following subjects will be covered: Math/Research and Reasoning Skills, Critical Analysis and Reading Skills (CARS), Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Psychology, and Sociology. This course will run from mid-February to mid-April and will be conducted entirely online via Examkracker’s Comprehensive Live Online MCAT Course. Students will meet online for class Monday–Thursday from 8-10 pm EST. Classes will consist of a 50-minute interactive lecture followed by a time of practice exam questions, Q&A, and further review. A total of 5 full-length practice exams will be held every other Saturday during the 9-week course. Students will additionally have access to live, interactive private webinars reviewing each week’s material and webinars reviewing each full-length practice exam. Students enrolled in the course will receive the following items at no additional cost: copies of Examkracker’s 10th edition MCAT preparation texts (6 total), access to 5 practice MCAT computer-based tests, and access to Examkracker’s MCAT Forum for 1 year. Students will receive a pass/fail grade for this course.

BMS 501 Biomedical Organic Chemistry I: Basic Principles (4)

Study of the relationship between the three-dimensional structure and the reactivity of carbon compounds. The chemical and physical properties of organic compounds will be linked to an understanding of orbital theory, electronegativity, strain, and sterics. Reactions of simple organic compounds will be described in terms of electron movement (mechanisms) and kinetic vs. thermodynamic parameters. The laboratory sessions emphasize purification, isolation, and identification techniques, particularly chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 502 Biomedical Organic Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms (4)

Building on the prior course, this course deduces “new” mechanisms based on key principles of conformational preference, sterics, polarity, and bond strength. Aromatic compounds as well as oxygen and nitrogen containing compounds are studied so that the chemistry of biomolecules can be introduced. Structural determination of increasingly complex compounds by instrumental techniques, such as GC-MS, NMR, and IR will also be emphasized. The laboratory involves multi-step transformations, purifications, and advanced structure determination using primarily instrumental techniques. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 510 Calculus for Biomedicine (3)

A survey of the concepts of differential and integral calculus. This course emphasizes the application of calculus to problems in science, with some examples in biomedicine. A graphing calculator is required.

BMS 511 Biomedical Physics I (4)

A course with a laboratory that surveys topics in classical physics including mechanics, vibrations, waves, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Calculus based. (BMS 510 or equivalent is prerequisite)

BMS 512 Biomedical Physics II (4)

Continuation of BMS 511. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics (relativity, atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics).

BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3)

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding abnormal (maladaptive) behavior emphasizing the crucial roles of learning and life stressors in the development and maintenance of abnormal behaviors. The clinical characteristics, causal factors and treatments of maladaptive behavior patterns are examined, including the areas of assessment, therapy and prevention. Positive emotions and strengths that promote mental health will be integrated throughout the course.

Some courses are offered alternating years.

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