Course Offerings for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Fall 2016

BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: Eva Pastalkova, PhD

An investigative study of the topics of gametogenesis, fertilization, embryogenesis and organogenesis. Molecular influences and cell interactions involved in differentiation and development are emphasized. Laboratory investigations use both descriptive and experimental approaches to study amphibian, bird, and mammal development. A research project and paper are required.

BMC 561 Biochemistry Foundations (3 SH)

August 30- December 16, 2016
Instructor: Stephen Cessna, PhD

A survey of structure-function relationships of biological molecules and systems. Emphasis is placed on enzymology, intermediary metabolism, and metabolic control. Laboratory focuses on protein chemistry and involves an extended independently guided research project in which students develop their own hypotheses and test them using the techniques learned early in the course. Three lecture periods and one lab per week.

BMC 610 Interdisciplinary Seminar I (2 SH)

August 30- December 16, 2016
Instructors: Julia Halterman, PhD and Matthew Buchner, PhD

This team-taught course involves a first orientation to the biomedicine program. Major discussion topics include library research techniques, technical writing practicums, creating an effective resume, survey of biomedicine-related careers, discovering biomedicine in the humanities, secular and religious approaches to bioethics, theologic themes in biomedicine, holistic healing, and complementary medicine.

BMC 611 Interdisciplinary Seminar II (2 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructors: Carolyn Stauffer, PhD and Jan Emswiler, PhD

This team-taught course challenges students to grow in capacity for leadership in the medical field. Strategies include: reflection on leadership history, aptitudes and style; creating an inventory of current leadership skills, while identifying gaps for future growth; strategies to effectively link leadership abilities with the social environment. Relational skills studied include: deep listening, empathic influence, compassionate communication, and the power of healing relationships. The course concludes with an emphasis on practicing professionalism as a future leader in the health field.

BMS 501 Organic Chemistry I (4 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: Tara Kishbaugh, PhD

Study of the relationship between the three-dimensional structure and the reactivity of carbon compounds. The chemical and physical properties of organic compounds will be linked to an understanding of orbital theory, electronegativity, strain, and sterics. Reactions of simple organic compounds will be described in terms of electron movement (mechanisms) and kinetic vs. thermodynamic parameters. The laboratory sessions emphasize purification, isolation, and identification techniques, particularly chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 511 Biomedical Physics I (4 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: Daniel King, PhD

A course with a laboratory that surveys topics in classical physics including mechanics, vibrations, waves, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Calculus based. (BMS 510 or equivalent is prerequisite)

BMS 612 Human Gross and Microscopic Anatomy lecture (3 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: Greta Ann Herin, PhD

Anatomical study of body systems using mammalian and human cadaver materials. Histological studies are correlated with the above anatomical studies. Laboratory work includes dissection, osteology, and microscopy.
Lab will be offered in the spring semester.

BMC 552 Cell Biology (3 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: Jeff Copeland, PhD

A study of cellular architecture, communication, transport, motility, division, growth and death. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of cancer at the cellular level, and on a quantitative understanding of cellular movements. Students read and report on research articles. The laboratory involves an introduction to common techniques employed in molecular biology followed by directed research projects of the student’s choosing. Two lecture periods and one extended lab per week.

BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine (1 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

Under the direction of a faculty member, this course guides a student through the process of library research. Each student selects a specific biomedicine-related topic and then researches primary and secondary literature to gain understanding and insight on their chosen topic. In addition to developing a mastery of the major components of the natural science aspect of the topic, the student is required to incorporate transdisciplinary elements of the topic that include social science, theology, and ethics. The outcome includes preparing an oral presentation and a review paper written in a CSE style. This course is a continuation of library research conducted during the summer after the first year of course work.

BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3 SH)

August 30 – December 16, 2016
Instructor: TBD

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding abnormal (maladaptive) behavior emphasizing the crucial roles of learning and life stressors in the development and maintenance of abnormal behaviors. The clinical characteristics, causal factors and treatments of maladaptive behavior patterns are examined, including the areas of assessment, therapy and prevention. Positive emotions and strengths that promote mental health will be integrated throughout the course.

Spring 2017

BMC 562 Human Physiology (4 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Eva Pastalkova, PhD

Investigative study of selected body systems including neuro-muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and endocrine physiology. Extensive laboratory work emphases quantification and experimentation while using live materials and physiologic instrumentation.

BMC 613 Biomedicial Research Design & Statistics (2 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Greg Koop, PhD

This course covers basic principles of research methodology and experimental design. Topics include research design, measurements, hypothesis testing, statistical significance and the analysis of data. A computer statistical package(SPSS) is used to analyze data. Students critically evaluate published reports of biomedical studies with specific attention to their experimental design and the application of statistics.

BMC 612 Human Anatomy lab (1 SH)

January 9- April 28, 2017
Instructor: Julia Halterman, PhD

Anatomical study of body systems using mammalian and human cadaver materials. Histological studies are correlated with the above anatomical studies. Laboratory work includes dissection, osteology, and microscopy.

BMS 570 Medical Microbiology (3 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Jeff Copeland, PhD

A comprehensive study of the field of microbiology, emphasizing the principles of medical microbiology and human symbioses. Included in the discussion will be additional focus on disease, treatment, emerging infectious diseases, biotechnology and global public health. Topics will be discussed using lectures, short lab periods, case studies and problem-based learning. Recitation section will pay particular emphasis on medically important bacteria and viruses and their associated diseases. Offered every other year.

BMS 562 Neurobiology (3 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Jeff Copeland, PhD

This course explores the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience with an emphasis on the biology of the nervous system. It includes the structure of the nervous system, how neurons communicate electrically and chemically, sensory systems, motor systems, and the neural basis of behavior. Two lecture periods and two laboratory/recitation periods per week.

BMS 572 Cognitive Psychology (3 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Greg Koop, PhD

The field of cognitive psychology involves studying and thinking about thinking. Questions are asked about how we acquire, store, retrieve, and use knowledge. Students will actively study and apply various theories about human thinking. Topics such as models of memory, imaging, language comprehension, problem solving, creativity and cognitive development will be covered.

BMS 502 Organic Chemistry II (4 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Tara Kishbaugh, PhD

Building on the prior course, this course deduces “new” mechanisms based on key principles of conformational preference, sterics, polarity, and bond strength. Aromatic compounds as well as oxygen and nitrogen containing compounds are studied so that the chemistry of biomolecules can be introduced. Structural determination of increasingly complex compounds by instrumental techniques, such as GC-MS, NMR, and IR will also be emphasized. The laboratory involves multi-step transformations, purifications, and advanced structure determination using primarily instrumental techniques. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week.

BMS 512 Biomedical Physics II (4 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Daniel King, PhD

Continuation of BMS 511. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics (relativity, atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics).

BMX 613 Behavioral & Social Science Principles (3 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructor: Kim Brenneman, PhD

An overview of the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology, and solution of public health problems. Theoretical underpinnings of the most relevant explanation, planning, change, and evaluation theories will be reviewed and illustrated with examples of the application of these models to health promotion and disease prevention with individuals, groups and communities. Basic principles from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and other social science disciplines are analyzed in relation to the causes, consequences and control measures for public health problems.

BMX 611 Biomedicine, Faith & Ethics (3 SH)

January 9 – April 28, 2017
Instructors: Christian Early, PhD and Eva Pastalkova, PhD

This team-taught course explores relationships between science and Christian faith by investigating scientific foundational ideas and their interaction with theology. Topics such as global and human origins, chance and complexity, human nature, mind, health and healing, environmental and medical ethics are examined and viewed through the lenses of Scripture, theology, and natural science. Students will be led to form and articulate a multidimensional world view that incorporates the realities of science and a holistic Christian faith.

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