Course Descriptions

Fall Semester

  • BIOC 503Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
    • 5 credits
    • Semester course; a comprehensive introductory course that describes basic biochemistry concepts.
  • PHIS 501Physiology
    • 5 credits
    • Semester course; a comprehensive study of the function of mammalian organ systems, designed primarily for graduate students. Prerequisites: Biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • ANAT 691Special Topics: Introduction to Human Anatomy
    • 3 credits
    • Semester course with lecture and human cadaver dissection components; an introductory survey of human anatomy that employs a combination of systemic and regional approaches to examine the gross anatomical organization of the major systems of the human body.

Spring Semester

  • BIOC 504Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
    • 5 credits
    • Semester course; a comprehensive introductory course that reviews current concepts of modern cell and molecular biology.
  • ANAT 611Histology
    • 5 credits
    • Semester course; a study of the basic light and electron microscopic structure of cells, tissues, and organs. Emphasis on correlating structure with function.

Electives

  • ANAT 608Functional and Clinical Neuroanatomy
    • 3 credits
    • Semester course; survey of the basic morphological and functional aspects of the mammalian nervous system, with emphasis on functionally and clinically relevant neuroanatomical concepts.
  • ANAT 612Human Embryology
    • 2 credits
    • 3-week course; lectures present an overview of human embryology covering fertilization, implantation and the early stages of embryogenesis. Major organ systems including the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and urogenital are covered, as well as the development of the limbs, pharynx, face and skull.
  • DENS 610Fundamentals of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
    • 2 credits
    • Semester course; students will learn the fundamental concepts in radiation physics, biology, and protection. In addition, they will learn about radiographic anatomy, techniques, intraoral and extra-oral images, and principles of radiographic interpretation.
  • PHTX 691Special Topics in Clinical Pharmacology
    • 3 credits
    • Semester course; the major objectives of the course are to introduce students to basic pharmacological principles and to provide a survey of classes of drugs that are used to treat disorders of selected body systems. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the principles of drug effects on the body, how they interact with targets, in particular receptors, to modify physiology and produce therapeutic and adverse effects.
  • PHTX 548Drug Dependence
    • 3 credits

    • Semester course; This course will focus on the neurochemical and molecular adaptations in the brain that contribute to these complex behaviors. At the end of this course, students will become familiar with techniques for studying drugs of abuse and review the evidence supporting addiction theory and mechanisms of drug action.
  • HGEN 620Principles of Human Behavioral Genetics
    • 3 credits
    • Semester course; the theory of genetic and non-genetic transmission considered in relation to the design, analysis, and interpretation of studies to identify the principal genetic and environmental causes of behavioral variation. Included will be analysis of intelligence, personality, social attitudes, and psychiatric disorders.
  • IBMS 635Cellular Signaling
    • 3 credits
    • Semester course; an interdisciplinary introduction to molecular mechanisms important in eukaryotic inter- and intracellular signaling. Topics covered: common signaling mechanisms (heterotrimeric G proteins and G-protein-coupled receptors, small G proteins, tyrosine kinases and MAP kinases, and ion channels), membranes, lipids and ions (calcium signaling, phosphoinositols and lipid signaling through GPCRs), immune and metabolic kinase cascades (AMP-activated kinase, NF-κB and Jak/Stat pathways), and programmed cell death. Prerequisites: BIOC 503/504 with minimum grade of B, or permission of instructor
  • PHIS 512Cardiac Function in Health and Disease
    • 3 credits
    • Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHIS 501 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive study of cell and system cardiovascular physiology with pathophysiological implications, primarily designed for professional students.

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