Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences

Graduate Medical Sciences

Undergraduate MET courses in Biotechnology and Clinical Research at the Medical Campus

The following undergraduate courses, offered at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in Boston's South End, are part of a program specializing in clinical research, biotechnology, and laboratory science.

All courses meet at BUSM. The "R" and "L" Buildings are located at 72 East Concord Street. Call the Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences office at 617-638-5622 to request permission, confirm classroom, and obtain directions, or e-mail Constance Phillips at cphilli@bu.edu

Medical Terminology 2

GMS BT 106

Prereq: GMS BT 104 (Med Term 1) or consent of program director. Continue building your medical vocabulary as you learn the anatomy and diseases of the following systems: digestive, urinary, lymphatic/immune and endocrine. Interactive classroom activities include student presentations on skin conditions/diseases or cancer. 2 cr. Tuition: $1240

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Summer 1 section OL: A $120 technology fee is also charged.

Top

Technical Writing for Clinical Research

GMS BT 210

This course introduces students to the structure, content, and regulatory requirements of documents created for the clinical research industry. Students review the FDA regulations and ICH guidances for drug, device and biologic documents, AMA Manual of Style Guidelines, and common industry standards. Students also learn to compose study abstracts, clinical protocols, informed consent forms, and clinical study reports. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

Top

Disease and Public Health

GMS BT 290

Prereq: BT 104 (Med Term 1) or consent of program director. This course is designed to familiarize students with diseases of interest in public health. It covers infectious diseases and genetic disorders, and how they contribute to global cultural and population burdens. Students begin to make connections between previous coursework, such as cell biology and anatomy, as well as new concepts, including immunology and experimental designs, as they pertain to the study of human disease. The goal of the course is to give students a knowledge-base that can prepare them for thinking critically should they decide to work in a research or public health setting. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

Top

Biochemistry

GMS BT 405

Prereq: One semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry. This course introduces students to the fundamental biochemical principles that underlie cell function. Topics include the structure and function of biomolecules, including proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids, as well as the metabolic pathways involved in their synthesis and degradation. Emphasis is given to metabolic regulation and mechanisms of enzyme action. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

Top

Cytogenetics

GMS BT 406

Prereq: one semester of biology, BT 110 (Intro Biomed Lab Sci), and BT 413 (Mol Bio) or BT 436 (Genetics), or consent of program director. Advanced course designed for those considering a clinical or research career in human genetics with an emphasis is on clinical cytogenetics (chromosome testing). The course covers types of chromosome abnormalities, methodology, nomenclature and clinical significance in pregnancy, birth defects, and cancer. Laboratory work includes basic blood culture, chromosome preparation, banding, identification and karyotyping. The course also provides an updated review of latest cytogenetic methodology and applications, such as FISH, comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and array CGH lab. Also offered at graduate level with consent of program director. Laboratory course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2680

Summer 1 (May 19-June 25)

Top

Molecular Genetics

GMS BT 407

Prereq: BT 110 (Intro Biomed Lab Sci), BT 413 (Mol Bio), BT 436 (Genetics) or consent of program director. Advanced course designed for those considering a clinical or research career in human genetics. Emphasis is on clinical molecular genetics (DNA testing). The course covers types of genetic abnormalities, methodology, nomenclature and clinical significance in pregnancy, birth defects, and cancer. Laboratory work includes basic blood extraction, DNA preparation, gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis, sequencing, identification and karyotyping. The course also provides an updated review of latest molecular genetic methodology and applications, such as copy number analysis, chip based sequencing and next generation sequencing. Laboratory course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2680

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

Top

Endocrinology

GMS BT 456

Prereq: GMS BT 201 and BT 202 or equivalent. This course is designed to present an in-depth study of the endocrine system, encompassing the mechanisms of hormone action, the endocrine methodologies, the pathophysiology and diseases of the glands. Topics cover the pituitary, the endocrine hypothalamus, the neurohypophyseal hormones, calcium metabolism, the gastrointestinal hormones, the pancreatic hormones and metabolic regulation, growth hormones, thyroid hormones, catecholamines and the sympathetic adrenal system, adrenal cortical steroid hormones, and hormones of male and female reproduction. Laboratory exercises and clinical correlations are incorporated into the course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

Top

Advanced Cell Culture Techniques

GMS BT 484

Prereq: one semester of biology, two semesters of chemistry, BT 454 (Cell Culture) and BT 413 (Mol Bio) or consent of program director. Cell culture has become an indispensable tool for all areas of biomedical science. In the course, students develop the necessary routine for work in a cell culture lab by passaging cell lines throughout the course and determining growth characteristics under different conditions. At the same time, students isolate and analyze biomolecules from these cell lines and perform experiments using advanced techniques, such as transfections, reporter gene assays, as well as a variety of optical assays (absorbance, luminescence, and fluorescence assays). At the end of the course, students communicate their work and results during a poster session. Laboratory course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2680

Summer 1 (May 20-June 24)

Top

Regulatory and Compliance Issues

GMS BT 540

This course explains the regulatory requirements for health care products: drugs, biologics, diagnostics, and devices. The focus is on U.S. FDA regulations and their impact on product development and marketing with international requirements. Recommended for students in clinical research concentration. 4 cr. Tuition: $2480

Summer 2 (June 29-August 5)

Top

Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Research

GMS BT 580

This course examines the development and implementation of regulatory as well as ethical issues involved with conducting clinical trials. Topics include: use of human subjects, privacy and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, use of stem cells in research, federal laws affecting laboratories, and genetic testing of gene and therapy trials. Students also participate in discussions on landmark legal cases affecting laboratory scientists. 2 cr. Tuition: $1240

Summer 2 (June 30-August 4)

Top

Directed Study: Biomedical Externship

GMS BT 591

Fall and Summer 1 semesters. Directed study for degree candidates only. Prereq: Consent of program director. The externship is the capstone project of the Bachelor of Science degree in the BLCS program. The externship objectives are for students to apply knowledge gained from coursework, learn new and challenging biomedical skills and procedures, and understand the purpose for performing these. In addition, students are expected to articulate the goals of their project and how their project fits within the overall mission of the host institution or department. Students also need to demonstrate initiative and curiosity, and be proactive in researching and learning the science behind their project. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Top

Directed Study: Biomedical Externship

GMS BT 592

Spring and Summer 2 semesters. Directed study for degree candidates only. Prereq: Consent of program director. The externship is the capstone project of the Bachelor of Science degree in the BLCS program. The externship objectives are for students to apply knowledge gained from coursework, learn new and challenging biomedical skills and procedures, and understand the purpose for performing these. In addition, students are expected to articulate the goals of their project and how their project fits within the overall mission of the host institution or department. Students also need to demonstrate initiative and curiosity, and be proactive in researching and learning the science behind their project. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 2 (June 29-August 7)

Top

Clinical Research Practicum

GMS BT 594

Fall and Summer 1 semesters. Prereq: 16 credits in clinical research and permission of program director. Directed study offering direct experience with the conduct of a clinical trial. Student will work on a supervised project within an approved clinical research site. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 1 (May 19-June 26)

Top

Clinical Research Practicum

GMS BT 595

Spring and Summer 2 semesters. Prereq: 16 credits in clinical research and permission of program director. Directed study offering direct experience with the conduct of a clinical trial. Student will work on a supervised project within an approved clinical research site. Variable cr. Tuition: $620 per credit

Summer 2 (June 29-August 7)

Top