Courses

  • GMS FS 840: Case Practicum in Forensic Biology /DNA
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FS 704 Forensic Biology Laboratory, GMS FS 730 Advanced Topics inForensic DNA Analysis
    This laboratory course will provide students with the opportunity to independently perform evidence assessment and testing for various types of biological evidence, as well as conduct a technical peer review in a mock forensic case setting. Advanced biological screening and DNA analysis techniques will be employed and students will become practiced in the analysis of complex DNA profiles. 2 cr
  • GMS GC 600: Genetic Diagnosis and Laboratory Methods
    This course will provide students the opportunity to learn laboratory techniques and methodologies relevant to the field of genetic counseling. Multiple lectures/discussions relate to results and interpretation from the genetic counseling perspective. Additionally, lab tours are also scheduled. . 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 601: Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling
    This two-semester course addresses topics related to the development of a competent genetic counselor. Instructional content, combined with group discussions and student presentations, will cover the history and development of the profession, care across the lifespan, and ethical/social issues. 3 cr, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 602: Clinical Genetics
    This course will provide information regarding etiology, features, testing, and treatment for a variety of genetic conditions. The topics are arranged by organ system to expand on the material covered in GMC GC603. Clinical case studies and presentations will supplement. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 603: Embryology, Teratology, and Prenatal Genetics
    This course will review human embryology, the teratogenic factors leading to abnormal development, and the common indications for prenatal genetic counseling, including advanced maternal age, abnormal cfDNA screening, ultrasound anomalies, diagnostic procedures, and prenatal complications. 3 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GC 604: Cancer Genetic Counseling
    This course introduces students to the specialty of cancer genetics, through topics such as the biology of cancer, current cancer statistics and epidemiology, risk assessment, pathology, testing for cancer susceptibility genes, hereditary cancer syndromes, testing methodologies, treatment options, surveillance, survivorship, and psychosocial issues. 3cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GC 605: Clinical Applications in Human Genetics
    This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of human genetics and their clinical applications. Topics include the chromosomal, molecular, and biochemical basis of disease, prenatal diagnosis, genetic counseling, bioinformatics, and congenital anomalies. 4 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GC 606: GC Seminar 1
    The objectives of this Seminar series include teaching students how to critique the medical and social science literature, orienting students to the complexities involved with case presentations, and enabling students to reflect and think critically about their clinical experiences. Also included are case conference presentations from BU faculty, alums, or other area genetic counselors or professionals on interesting, challenging, or unique genetic counseling related cases or topics, 2 cr each, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 607: GC Seminar 2
    The objectives of this Seminar series include teaching students how to critique the medical and social science literature, orienting students to the complexities involved with case presentations, and enabling students to reflect and think critically about their clinical experiences. Also included are case conference presentations from BU faculty, alums, or other area genetic counselors or professionals on interesting, challenging, or unique genetic counseling related cases or topics, 2 cr each, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 700: Genetic Counseling Fieldwork I
    The clinical and non-clinical fieldwork will provide student interaction with a wide array of genetic specialists. Direct patient contact in prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and specialty genetics clinics will allow students to acquire cases for ABGC certification. 2 cr each, Summer, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 702: Genetic Counseling Fieldwork II
    The clinical and non-clinical fieldwork will provide student interaction with a wide array of genetic specialists. Direct patient contact in prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and specialty genetics clinics will allow students to acquire cases for ABGC certification. 2 cr each, Summer, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 703: Genetic Counseling Fieldwork III
    The clinical and non-clinical fieldwork will provide student interaction with a wide array of genetic specialists. Direct patient contact in prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and specialty genetics clinics will allow students to acquire cases for ABGC certification. 2 cr each, Summer, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 704: Genetic Counseling Fieldwork IV
    The clinical and non-clinical fieldwork will provide student interaction with a wide array of genetic specialists. Direct patient contact in prenatal, pediatric, adult, cancer, and specialty genetics clinics will allow students to acquire cases for ABGC certification. 2 cr each, Summer, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 711: Advanced Genetic Counseling
    This two-semester course will cover advanced topics in genetic counseling, including research project design and implementation, personal growth, and professional development. It will build upon the students' previous course work and clinical training to enhance their growing skill set as genetic counselors. 4 cr, Fall & Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 712: Metabolic Genetics/Advanced Risk Assessment
    Section A covers screening, prevention, diagnosis, recurrence risk, treatment and prognosis for biochemical genetic disorders. Section B emphasizes mathematical techniques necessary for accurate genetic counseling, including empiric risk, probability, linkage, mapping and Bayesian analysis. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 714: Advanced Topics in Medical Genetics
    This course will build from the basic genetic concepts covered in GMS GC 605. Some of the topics addressed include autism spectrum disorders, direct to consumer testing, , complex genetic mechanisms, chronic conditions, screening programs, pharmacogenetics, and emerging genetics specialties. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GC 716: Social, Cultural, and Ethical Issues in Genetics
    This course will address the social, cultural, and ethical issues encountered in genetics and genetic counseling. We will review the basic principles of biomedical ethics and discuss different scenarios that a genetic counselor may encounter, as well as legal cases that have impacted the field of genetic counseling and the ethics of emerging genetic technologies and practices including direct-to-consumer testing and gene therapy. Social and cultural issues in genetic counseling will be explored through case studies, addressing gender, race, religion, social class, disability, and sexual orientation. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS GE 701: Principles of Genetics and Genomics
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    This course will serve as a foundation for understanding the heritable basis of numerous biological traits, the relationships among genes, and the regulation of their expression. Focus on the ability to use genetic systems to probe these problems, and therefore will heavily explore the experimental aspects of these investigations. Includes discussion of the impact of the genome sequences' availability on the practice of modern science. Use of case study approach to investigate the rich variety of scientific insights gained through genetic studies of aging, addiction, obesity, and others. 4 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GE 703: Genetics and Genomics Colloquium I
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    The Genetics and Genomics Colloquium will be a highly participatory journal club where the students will be asked to give presentations on cutting edge research with the focus on communication skills rather than scientific content. This approach will allow students to become more comfortable with public speaking while developing the skills necessary for effective communication of scientific ideas. 2 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS GE 704: Genetics and Genomics Colloquium II
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
    The Genetics and Genomics Colloquium will be a highly participatory journal club where the students will be asked to give presentations on cutting edge research with the focus on communication skills rather than scientific content. This approach will allow students to become more comfortable with public speaking while developing the skills necessary for effective communication of scientific ideas. 2 cr, Spring sem.