Biomolecular Science Course Descriptions

BMS 5013 Molecular Biology - This course is designed to be an upper level, laboratory based course focusing on DNA, RNA, and protein laboratory techniques. Students will learn to apply previously mastered concepts in cell biology and genetics to practical laboratory-based problems. Additionally, students will learn and apply the practice of grant writing and peer review, and will critically discuss numerous scientific journal articles. Cross listed with BY 4013

BMS 5023 Cancer Biology - This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the molecular basis of cancer, as well as an increased knowledge in clinical aspects of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Characteristics of cancer cells, oncogenes and tumor suppressors, the tumor microenvironment, tumor immunology, and novel cancer therapies are major areas covered. Cross listed with BY 4023

BMS 5103 Introduction to Research - This course is designed to prepare biomolecular science students for labs required for this program. Students will learn to search and review literature, solve scientific problems using common molecular biology laboratory techniques, and learn to trouble shoot common problems that arise in a biomolecular laboratory. This is a 3 hr online course with emphasis on learning and understanding common research methods.

BMS 5113 Biomolecular Laboratory I - A course designed to give graduate students hands-on experience with techniques common to molecular research laboratories. Students will learn how to perform common research methods and troubleshoot those methods when problems arise. Techniques will include: reverse-transcriptase PCR, basic cell culture, immunostaining and microscopy, and protein interactions and analysis including SDS-Page and western blotting. This laboratory is a foundation for the Biomolecular Lab II and Capstone Project.

BMS 5123 Biomolecular Laboratory II - This laboratory course is designed so that students learn to apply methods learned in BMS 5103 and BMS 5113. The goal of this laboratory course is for students to learn to become independent researchers.

BMS 5213 Biostatistics - This is a mathematically sophisticated introduction to the concepts and methods of biostatistical data analysis. The topics include descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, a variety of one and two-sample parametric and on-parametric methods for analyzing continuous and  discrete and simple linear regression. The course provides hands-on training with SAS applications to prepare students for real life data collection and analysis.

BMS 5223 Ethics in Science and Biotechnology - An ethics course aimed to prepare students to face and surmount current and emerging ethical issues as professionals in a scientific field. Topics emphasized will include authorship, medical ethics, honesty, and responsibilities to colleagues, society, and the common good. A mixture of student and professor led discussion and case studies will be used to gain understanding of the key ethical challenges faced in the biotechnology community.

BMS 5303: Cellular and Molecular Physiology - This course is an in-depth examination of the physiology of the cell. We will focus on the cell membrane, cell signaling, cytoskeletal dynamics, and cell cycle regulation. Special attention will be given to how mammalian cell function relates to mammalian cell structure and to how cells interact to make a complex functioning multicellular organism.

BMS 5313: Advanced Cancer Biology - This course will build on previously mastered concepts in cancer biology, using the primary literature to focus on current research topics in cancer biology, including oncogenes, tumor suppressors, genomic instability, genomic profiling, tumor microenvironment, invasion, metastasis, angiogenesis, and miRNA regulation of cancer genes. Call discussions will center in the critical evaluation of the primary literature.

BMS 5323: Advanced Immunology - This course focuses on the molecular basis of immunity and the major components of the immune system. The interaction of the components as they relate to the protection from disease and the development of the specific autoimmune conditions will be the major topics covered within this course. Students will also develop practical skills in data interpretation and communication, as well as interpersonal and team-working skills.

BMS 54n3: Topics in Biomolecular Science - This course may be either lecture or laboratory based depending upon the topic selected; and is designed to represent and in-depth approach to a specific area of biomolecular science of interest to the student. Examples may include: microbial pathogenesis, apoptosis, developmental genetics, angiogenesis, stem cells, viral pathogenesis, neurobiology etc…

BMS 5503 Capstone Research - This course will serve as the culmination of the M.S. in Biomolecular Science program, as students will apply the laboratory techniques and analytical skills that they have acquired to a specific research question. This course will be an independent study supervised by a selected graduate faculty mentor. The student will choose and area of ongoing research, formulate a novel hypothesis, propose a series of experiments to test the hypothesis, and perform experiments towards that goal.