Courses

  • GMS BT 408: Immunology
    Prereq: BT 342 (Cell Bio) and BT 413 (Mol Bio) or consent of program director. Cell culture techniques and knowledge of genetics is recommended. This course emphasizes the molecular and cellular interactions involved in immune response. Topics covered include innate immunity, antibody structure and function; applications of monoclonal antibodies in biotechnology and medicine; gene rearrangements in Band T cells; cellular cooperation and the role of MHC; tolerance; and immunopathology (hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, transplantation, AIDS, cancer immunity and immunotherapy). Lab techniques include Flow Cytometry (FACs), ELISA, cell proliferation and death, and assays of immune function.
  • GMS BT 410: Essential Methods in Biotechnology
    This course is an integrated course conveying a framework of fundamental introductory concepts of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology, along with essential laboratory methods that are commonly used by researchers in these areas and by the biotechnology industry. The overall goal of the course is to train students for jobs in industry, academia, and the health care sector that apply or require knowledge of these concepts and methods. *Restricted registration to BioScience Academy students.
  • GMS BT 411: Protein Purification and Analysis
    Prereq: BT 110 (Intro Biomed Lab Sci) and BT 208 (Ess. Math for Biotech). Biochemistry and elementary physics are recommended. Familiarizes students with the theory and application of many biochemical techniques involved in protein purification and characterization, such as chromatography (ion exchange, gel permeation, hydrophobic affinity), electrophoresis and blotting techniques. Students learn to think critically about methodology, design a purification scheme, scale it up, and troubleshoot an existing plan. Special problems with recombinant proteins are also covered. The laboratory component includes a wide variety of conventional methods for protein isolation, purification, and characterization. Laboratory course.
  • GMS BT 413: Techniques in Molecular Biology
    Prereq: one semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry and BT 110 (Intro Biomed Lab Sci). The course is comprised of a lecture part focusing on the structure, function, and analysis of DNA and RNA and a laboratory component in which students isolate, analyze, and manipulate DNA and RNA in the test tube. Experiments include the isolation of genomic DNA and RNA, followed by their analysis through gel electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, PCR, and blotting techniques. Students are introduced to recombinant DNA technology through bacterial transformation, plasmid preps, mapping of plasmids by restriction digests, and purification of recombinant protein from bacteria by column chromatography. The course also includes a bioinformatics component in which students use a web platform to access various genetic databases, retrieve genetic sequence information and analyze the sequences using free software for translation and restriction enzyme mapping. Laboratory course.
  • GMS BT 422: Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging
    Prereqs: GMS BT110 Intro to Biomed Lab Sciences, GMS BT405 Biochemistry, GMS BT342 Cell Biology (or equivalent courses) and knowledge of molecular biology. This course examines the scientific principles and proper uses of optical instruments commonly found in modern biomedical laboratories. Students will learn hands-on fundamentals of assay development, using instruments such as luminometers, spectrophotometers, fluorometers, fluorescence microscopes, plate readers, bioimagers, and real-time PCR thermocyclers. Principles of sound experimental design, including the use of appropriate controls and consideration of instrument sensitivity, will be addressed using the students' own experiments as well as examples from the scientific literature. Students will process their data, including microscope images using computer freeware. At the end of the course students will present, interpret, and critically discuss their results with faculty and researchers during a poster session.
  • GMS BT 426: Medical Microbiology
    Prereq: one semester of biology and two semesters of chemistry. Provides the student with an understanding of clinically important microorganisms. Students become familiar with the classification, pathogenicity, identification, and prevention and treatment of diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, and parasites as well as the workings of a modern clinical microbiology laboratory. Laboratory course.
  • GMS BT 430: Laboratory Management
    Focuses on the successful management of a research or diagnostic laboratory. Topics covered include leadership development, quality improvement, record keeping, process control, computer skills, good laboratory practices, human resources, finance and communication skills. A broader introduction to healthcare management is also included. Guest lecturers from industry, hospitals, and research laboratories are featured.
  • GMS BT 432: Basic Pathology: Mechanisms of Disease
    Prereq: BT 104 and BT 342. This course is designed to familiarize students with the cellular and molecular basis of many different types of diseases, including infectious diseases and genetic disorders. Students begin to make connections between previous coursework, such as cell biology and anatomy. Students also learn new concepts, histology, and experimental design, as they pertain to the study of human disease. The goal of the course is to give student a knowledge base that can prepare them for thinking critically about pathology should they decide to work in a laboratory researching disease or to pursue further education in a disease-related field.
  • GMS BT 436: Human Genetics
    Prereq: one semester of biology and two semesters of chemistry, BT 342 (Cell Bio) or BT 413 (Mol Bio). This course focuses on human genetics with a strong emphasis on the relationship between DNA structure, disease manifestation, and inheritance. The course reviews the molecular mechanisms underlying the flow of information within a cell from DNA to protein, population genetics, genetics of immunity and cancer, reproductive technologies, epigenetics, genomics and cancer stem cells. The class includes lectures and student presentations.
  • GMS BT 440: Genetics, Ethics, and the Law
    This online class explores the newest information and legal and bioethical implications in human genetics, using audio-visuals, actual cases, discussions and lecture. Topics include: new reproductive techniques, genetic diseases, prenatal testing and genetic testing, DNA fingerprinting, cloning, and DNA technology. Online only; technology fee applies.
  • GMS BT 442: Issues in Assisted Reproduction
    This course addresses the legal, ethical and scientific aspects of Assisted Reproduction (also called ART-Assisted Reproductive Techniques). The science of treating infertility has expanded amazingly in the last 15 years, from the use of sperm donors to selling eggs on the internet. Assisted Reproductive techniques are constantly changing and have given rise to many legal cases and ethical questions, which this course will. This course closely examines these legal and ethical questions. Online only; technology fee applies.
  • GMS BT 443: Advanced Molecular Biology Lecture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: GMS BT 413 or equivalent.
    Prereq: GMS BT 413 (Mol Bio) or consent of program director. This course evaluates how cutting-edge technologies in molecular biology contribute to unraveling gene function and biological processes. Students read, discuss and present original research papers about transcriptional regulation, intracellular signaling pathways, cell cycling, apoptosis, cancer, and DNA repair. Technologies discussed include microarrays, RNA silencing, inducible gene expression systems, reporter gene assays, mutagenesis, use of green fluorescent protein for life cell imaging, the creation of transgenic and knockout animals, the Cre/Lox system, and the use of biological databases. Great opportunity to develop and improve your PowerPoint presentation skills.
  • GMS BT 444: The Business of Biotechnology
    This course provides students with knowledge pertaining to the scientific, political, legal, and ethical issues that drive the advancement and innovation in biotechnology. Students learn how the various drivers of medical biotechnology interact with one another and shape the business and finance of this industry and impact its growth. Students explore intellectual property, R&D, marketing and other issues including what shapes the public view of biotechnology. In addition, students develop their creative thinking and analytical skills and explore their ideas of new vision of biotechnology through discussions, readings, and presentations.
  • GMS BT 450: Forensic Toxicology
    Prereq: one semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry, and BT 405 (Biochemistry). This course explores the role of toxicology as a safeguard to prevent injury from environmental chemicals and as a tool in the investigations of suspicious deaths. Case studies, videos showing how forensic evidence is used in court and group discussions will accompany lectures and demonstrations. Students also explore the role of legal and medical communities as well as governmental agencies in dealing with issues.
  • GMS BT 454: Cell Culture Techniques
    Prereq: one semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry, BT 110 (Intro Biomed Lab Sci), BT 208 (Essential Math for Biotech) & BT 342 (Cell Bio). This course gives students a foundation in cell culture techniques used in modern cell culture labs. Topics include aseptic technique, freezing and thawing of cell stocks, passage and maintenance of cells, and culture of adherent and suspension cells. Emphasis is on practical hands-on experience. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand and follow basic cell culture protocols. Laboratory course.
  • GMS BT 456: Endocrinology
    Prereq: A&P 1 & 2 or Med Term 1 & 2 plus GMS BT 342 Cell Biology or consent of program director. This course will present a thorough study of the endocrine system, examining each of its member glands and tissues as well as the mechanisms by which hormones operate between them. Specific topics of endocrine function include: the gastrointestinal tract, energy metabolism, calcium metabolism, hypothalamus-pituitary complex, thyroid gland, adrenal gland and male and female reproductive systems. For each of these topics, there will be a focus on the pathophysiology of relevent endocrine diseases (e.g. type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis) and new developments in their current treatment regimens. 4 cr.
  • GMS BT 460: Drug Discovery
    Prereq: One semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry and BT 405 (Biochem). This course covers laboratory technologies utilized in the pre-clinical drug development phase with emphasis on the issues and challenges of molecular targeted therapeutics, a new paradigm in drug discovery. In addition, DNA, RNA and protein-based therapeutics, and gene and stem cell therapies are discussed. Students learn about translational technologies used to identify and validate drug targets, as well as lead optimization and selection of drug candidates. A hands-on laboratory component reinforces drug discovery concepts.
  • GMS BT 462: Drug Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Chemistry II and Biochemistry (required), Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (desired).
    Prereq: One semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry, and BT 405 (Biochem). BT 575 (Design & Conduct of Clin Trials) recommended. This course explores how drugs developed at the bench transition to clinical testing and subsequently to the market. The translational approach in drug development is discussed as well as current translational technologies. Topics include the molecular and pathophysiological basis of select diseases; drug design; pre-clinical testing; clinical evaluation of drugs; regulatory requirements for drug approval; and the frontiers of translational research. Lectures are combined with discussions and presentations.
  • GMS BT 465: Cell Signaling in Health and Disease
    Prereq: One semester of biology and two semesters of chemistry, BT 342 (Cell Biology) or BT 413 (Molecular Biology). Many pathological conditions such as diabetes and cancer are caused by perturbations in signal transduction cascades. These cascades convert extracellular signals into changes in gene expression and alterations in cell physiology. The proteins that participate in signal transduction cascades interact in a dynamic, regulated fashion to form multi-protein complexes that allow information processing. This course aims to present in a comprehensive manner, the major signal transduction pathways, their cross-talk, as well as their contribution in maintaining cellular homeostasis. In addition, we will highlight perturbations of these pathways that could lead to development of different diseases as well as the molecular logic that underlies current and future therapies.
  • GMS BT 475: Infectious Diseases
    Prereq: One semester of biology, BT 413 (Mol Bio) or BT 436 (Genetics). This course explores principles of infection, host factors, epidemiology, treatment, prevention, and clinical approach to infection of different organs and systems as well as basic description of medically important infectious agents, i.e. bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Upon successful completion of this course students will understand principles of infection, its epidemiology, treatment, and prevention, as will have knowledge of major pathogens, including all of the significant etiologic agents of newly emerging infections, and will be able to critically assess the outstanding issues of infection control and prevention.