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 1

GMS BT 104

Understanding medical terminology is fundamental for anyone working in the sciences. It is the language of the technician or researcher involved in biotechnology, biomedical investigations, or clinical research. Students learn the analysis and construction of medical words within a context of scientific concepts. After the basics, students learn the anatomy and diseases of the following systems: male and female reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and blood. Technology fee applies to online section only. 2 cr. Tuition: $1320; technology fee: $120; total charge: $1440

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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Disease and Public Health

GMS BT 290

Prereq: GMS BT 104 or 106 Medical Terminology or equivalent or permission of program director. This course is designed to familiarize students with concepts of public health as a field of study and how different diseases impact society. We will use the Boston Public Health Commission report on the "Health of Boston" as a template for learning about healthcare disparities, social justice, cancer screening, cancer incidence and mortality, infectious diseases and environmental factors that impact people and population health. Students will begin to make connections between previous coursework, such as cell biology, pathology and anatomy, as well as new concepts, including epidemiology, 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, diagnostic or public health setting. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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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: $2640

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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 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. Laboratory course. 4 cr. Tuition: $2640; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2840

Also offered as a graduate level course, GMS MS 506 A1.

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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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: $2640; lab fee: $200; total charge: $2840

Summer 1 (May 24-June 28)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

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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: $660 per credit

Summer 2 (July 3-August 11)

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