Course Descriptions

BioScience Center of Excellence

The BioScience COE courses, taught by Maren LaLiberty, MD, are offered in a four-year rotation and are directed at students with an interest in the fields of medicine, biomedical engineering or biomedical research.

In addition to the traditional study of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, courses will include applications of physics and chemistry topics wherever relevant. Class discussions and lectures will be supplemented with organ dissections and laboratory experiments. Spring courses will extend the year’s studies further into the social and ethical dilemmas of the medical field. Writing, both scientific and reflective as well as writing revision will be emphasized in these courses.

Prerequisites: B+ or higher in Biology, BioScience Program Director permission

BioScience:  Biotechnology (Fall 2014)

In this course students will come to understand and appreciate how to operate safely and effectively in the research laboratory setting.  Students will learn and practice skills such as measurement of chemicals, preparation of solutions, separation techniques, the growth of living cells in culture media, and the acquisition of data using assays and tests.  In addition, students will review and apply mathematical concepts routinely used in laboratory work including proportions, graphing and statistics.  Most importantly, students will become familiar with the principles and practices that lead to a safe laboratory workplace.  Following the conclusion of this course, students will be encouraged to begin their own independent laboratory research project.

BioScience:  Oxygen Delivery Organ Systems, Part I (Fall 2014)

This course examines the cardiovascular system and how it works together with the respiratory system to provide oxygen to the human body.  A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, organ dissections, laboratory experiments, and multiple writings will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Oxygen Delivery Organ Systems, Part II (Winter 2014 -  2015)

This course examines the cardiovascular system and how it works together with the respiratory system to provide oxygen to the human body.  A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, organ dissections, laboratory experiments, and multiple writings will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Public Health and Infectious Disease (Spring 2015)

This course will serve as an introduction to the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases.  Core concepts include principles of public health, biology of infectious organisms, and biology of the human immune system; infectious disease transmission mechanisms and containment in both the United States and developing countries; design and implementation of infectious disease control and prevention measures, including vaccination development and use; and methods for investigating infectious diseases.  This discussion and project-based course will emphasize current issues and real-world public health challenges.

BioScience:  Nutrition Delivery Organ Systems (Fall 2015)

This course examines the digestive system and how it works with all other organs systems to provide the nutritional elements necessary for cell survival. A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, organ dissections, laboratory experiments, and multiple writings will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Waste Removal Organ Systems (Winter 2015-16)

This course examines how multiple organ systems (urinary, digestive, respiratory, integumentary system) assist in removing waste products from the human body. A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, organ dissections, laboratory experiments, and multiple writings will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Introduction to Medical Device Design (Spring 2016)

This course, students will interact directly with a biomedical engineer when learning the principles and methods of biomedical device design.  By studying and comparing several real medical devices and the companies that make them, students will come to understand and appreciate that it is almost impossible to replace a body part with a device that exactly replicates the function of the original body part.  A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, group activities and field trips will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Structure Support Systems (Fall 2016 )

This course examines the group of organ systems (integumentary, musculoskeletal) that generally provides structural support and protection for the human body. A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, organ dissections, laboratory experiments, and multiple writings will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Information Transmission Organ Systems (Winter 2016-17)

This course examines the group of organ systems (nervous, special senses, endocrine) that generally provides information transmission for the human body. A combination of traditional lectures, class discussions, organ dissections, laboratory experiments, and multiple writings will be utilized to enhance learning in this course.

BioScience:  Bioethics (Spring 2017)

This course examines the ethical theories and standards used in making health-related decisions. An introduction to ethical theory will be followed by the study of specific biomedical issues presented within the context of case studies. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of and a proficiency at using a standard framework for analyzing ethical problems. Individual contributions to group discussion, supported by thorough and thoughtful reading and writing will be critical elements of this course.