Biomedical Sciences Research Master's Course Descriptions

Biomedical Sciences (BP) Course Descriptions – EVMS  2017-2018


 (*) - denotes elective course

BP 700.  Molecules to Cells. 2 credits. This course is divided into three modules which include, Genome and Gene expression, Biochemistry of the Cell, and Cell organelles, cytoskeleton, and protein trafficking. The course presents the basic cellular functions and processes.

BP 701.  Molecular and Cellular Techniques. 2 credits.  This course provides an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of research techniques commonly employed in research laboratories.

BP 703.  Cell Communication and Signaling.  3 credits.  This is a foundational course covering basic cell membrane functions, cell signaling, cell specialization, and immunology.

BP 704.  Molecular Genetics  1.5 credits.  This course will teach students the key aspects of molecular genetics and the important concept of genetic dissection and mutational analysis of gene and pathway function.

BP 705. Introduction to Research Literature. .5 credit.   Designed to train students in the interpretation of research literature. Students will assess the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of journal articles.

BP 718.  Introduction to the Laboratory.  2 credits.  Intensive laboratory course introducing students to basic research techniques, including DNA purification, subcloning, polymerase chain reaction, and cell culture methods.

BP719 or 819; 720 or 820; 721 or 821.  Biomedical Sciences Lab Rotation I, II, III.  2 credits each.  Laboratory rotations with a pre-designated faculty member in which the student obtains hands-on experience.  Designed for students to sample different types of research models, techniques, and subject matter.

BP 722.  Bioinformatics.  1 credit.  Introduction tobasic concepts in bioinformatics.  Use of Incogen and Vector NTI software and tools on the NCBI website.  Lecture and computer laboratory will cover topics such as DNA analysis tools, PCR primer design, motif analysis, similarity searches, restriction enzyme analysis, multiple sequence alignments, protein sequence identification, phylogenetic tools and public databases. 

BP 706. Cell Energetics and Organ Function. 4 credits. This course will integrate elements of cellular metabolism with organ system phyiology. The learners will understand and critically discuss the cellular metabolic pathways require for normal function and the systemic organ function with a focus on human physiology.

BP 707. Methods in Cell Energetics and Organ Function. 1 credit.  This course will introduce the students to various approaches to measure cell energetics, metabolism and basic organ function.

BP 709.  Scientific Writing and Research Design.  3 credits.  Students will learn how to design and write a realistic research proposal and a will gain a general understanding of how different techniques can be used to address a wide range of research questions.  Students will gain experience in small group presentation, evaluation and discussion of current scientific literature.

BP 710.  Oral Communication Forum.  1 credit.   Seminar presentations by students in various research areas: e.g., tumor biology, infectious diseases, immunology, molecular cell biology, cardiovascular and reproductive physiology, endocrinology and neuroscience.  Journal articles describing major scientific advances are discussed and critiqued. (Offered fall and spring each year).

BP 771.  Methods and Logic in Translational Biology.  4 credits.   This is an advanced course that will emphasize the key elements required to successfully design and conduct translational projects. The course will serve as a bridge between basic research and the clinical manifestations of disease, and will cover therapies of the future that are still under development.

BP773.  Responsible Conduct in Science.  1 credit.  Series of lectures exposing graduate students to moral and ethical dilemmas in biomedical sciences.  The course will also expose students to peer review processes related to submission of grants and manuscripts.  

BP798.  Research.  1-6 credits.  Laboratory research for Research Master’s students in both thesis and non-thesis options.

BP799.  Thesis.  1-6 credits.   Review of the literature, written presentation of Research Master’s student’s research as the M.S. thesis.

BP895.  Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences*.  1-3 credits.  Guided readings and discussions of current research topics in a specialized area.  Prerequisites: approval of instructor.