Biomedical Sciences Courses

bms 601 (3 HRS.) Introduction to nucleic acids and proteins

A molecular and cell biological study of the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. Fall course. Co-requisite: BMS 602 (PR: Permission of the instructor)

BMS 602 (3 hrs.) Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism

A molecular and cell biological study of the structure of cell and of cell metabolism
Fall course. Co-requisite: BMS 601 (PR: Permission of the instructor)


An advanced molecular and cell biological study of cell metabolism and the regulation of cell function. Spring course. Co-requisite: BMS 604 (PR: BMS 601, BMS 602, permission of the instructor)

BMS 604 (1 HR.) Cellular Basis of Disease

A molecular and cell biological study of the basis of diseases prevalent in Appalachia. Spring course. Co-requisite: BMS 603 (PR: BMS 601, BMS 602, permission of the instructor)

617 Statistical Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences (3 HRS.)

An application-oriented course in statistical concepts and techniques aimed at prospective researchers in the biomedical sciences.

628 Neuroscience I (3 hrs.)

A study of the structure and function of the nervous system and disorders of neuronal function. (PR: BMS 600 or permission of instructor)

629 Neuroscience II (3 hrs.)

A study of the structure and function of the nervous system and disorders of neuronal function. (PR: BMS 628 or permission of instructor)

631 Neuroscience and Developmental Biology Literature Review (1 hr.)

A seminar course where published articles in the fields of neuroscience and developmental biology will be presented by students and faculty.

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641 Molecular Developmental Biology (3 hrs.)

An in-depth discussion of current literature in developmental biology with emphasis on early embryo development, morphogenesis, lineage determination and regulation of developmental processes.

644 Responsible conduct of research (1 hr.)

Responsible conduct of research, including human subjects, live vertebrate animals, conflict of interest, mentor/mentee responsibilities, collaborative research, peer review, data management, research misconduct, and responsible authorship, with case discussions.

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651 Cancer Biology (4 hrs.)

This is an advanced graduate course on the core principles underlying the initiation, progression, treatment and prevention of cancer, based on the most current literature in the field.

652 Cancer Biology Colloquium (1 hr.)

This is a mentored journal club for graduate students covering selected areas of current interest in cancer biology research. (PR: Permission of instructor)

660 and 661 Communication Skills for Biomedical Sciences (1 hr.)

Biomedical Sciences graduate students are trained to plan, prepare, and deliver effective scientific presentations.

665 Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, Diabetes Research Colloquium (1 hr.) CR/NC

A seminar-style series that will focus on recent advances in topics related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

670 Molecular Cloning (2 HR.) spring term only

674 Teaching Practicum (1 hr.) CR/NC

Students gain experience in teaching using a variety of methods in a supervised setting.

679 Special Problems (1-3 hrs.) CR/NC

An intensive study of a selected topic or problem. Emphasis is placed on independent study. (PR: Permission of graduate advisor)

680 Seminar (1 hr.)

A seminar designed to teach students how to prepare and deliver different types of scientific presentations. Students must enroll every semester in the BMS Program. A minimum of four (4) hours required for M.S. students. (PR: BMS student and consent of instructor) A minimum of six (6) hours required for Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D students. (PR: BMS student and permission of instructor)

681 Thesis (1-6 HRS.) cr/nc

785 Introduction to Research (1-6 hrs.) CR/NC

Directed research activities requiring a completed prospectus for an advanced research project, a written report, or a research thesis. A minimum of three (3) hours required for all Master of Science candidates. (PR: Permission of advisor)

882 Research (1-15 hrs.) CR/NC