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Course NumberCourse Title and DescriptionCredit Hours
BIOC 1112Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics: An introductory molecular description of biological structure and function. Normal metabolism and gene expression are given the major emphasis. Several common genetic diseases and metabolic disorders serve to contrast normal and perturbed human biochemistry, as well as demonstrate the clinical implications of human biochemistry.5.0
MBS 1B02Intro to Research: The course is designed to provide students with an introduction to research opportunities and laboratory safety procedures/policies at Des Moines University. Students will complete a survey of research at Des Moines University, biomedical safety training and two five-week laboratory rotations. This course is designed to prepare students to work safely in a research environment and identify a thesis mentor.3.0
MBS 1B03Responsible Conduct Biomedical Research:  The course will be presented in a conference style setting with a small group of learners along with online learning and assessment.  Formal presentation of foundational material will be presented with discussion of the material presented and presentation of examples.  Each subject area raises ethical considerations and learners will be provided with a scenario.  The learners will review the scenario and offer brief comments on the ethical issue during course meetings.  Writing assignments will include a writing portion of a Patient Consent form or formatted abstract, each to be completed outside of class.  Completion of an online class covering Human Subjects Research and Responsible conduct of research, and biosafety will be required to receive credit. The overarching goal of this course will be to allow the learner to understand the basic principles of biomedical and clinical research and the ethical application of these principles.  The learner will be prepared to take the first steps in identifying a problem and creating a credible research design to address it.  For medical students, the course will enable the student to enter an internship or residency program with sufficient background to confidently approach the assignments for conducting research that are increasingly required in many training programs.1.0
MBS 1B04ACell Biology I: The course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of key concepts in the area of cell biology.  Prior to enrollment in the course, successful completion of an upper level biochemistry course is highly recommended.  This graduate level course is designed to explore the area of cell biology through presentations by content experts, the required text book, and primary literature.   The primary content areas covered will include: general laboratory techniques, genetics, molecular biology, transmembrane transport, and vesicular trafficking.  The course will serve as an important foundation in the biomedical sciences that will support students as they advance in their studies to their chosen area of specialty (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, & Pharmacology). 1.5
MBS 1B04BCell Biology II: The course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of key concepts in the area of cell biology.  Prior to enrollment in the course, successful completion of an upper level biochemistry course is highly recommended and successful completion of Cell Biology I.  This graduate level course is designed to explore the area of cell biology through presentations by content experts, the required text book, and primary literature.   The primary content areas covered will include: cell signaling, moving molecules, tissue structure, cell death, and cell division.  The course will serve as an important foundation in the biomedical sciences that will support students as they advance in their studies to their chosen area of specialty (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, & Pharmacology).1.5
MBS 1B06Intro to Biostatistics: This is an introductory course that exposes the student to the use of statistical techniques for research data analysis. Topics covered include research design, data acquisition, types of data, univariate and bivariate data summarization techniques, tabular and graphical data presentation, inferential techniques using different theoretical distributions and the use of multivariate statistical techniques.2.0
MBS 2B04Presentation of Scientific Information: This is a one-hour-per-week class where students learn the basis of scientific presentation and practice these concepts by participating in journal club presentations.1.0
MBS 2B05Scientific Communications: This is a one-hour class in which students will present their scientific data to the University during the Friday Seminar Series. In addition, students will attend all of the Friday Seminar Series lectures.1.0
MBS 2B10Research (Microbiology or Physiology/Pharmacology Emphasis): Bench research under the supervision of thesis advisor and thesis committee. Prerequisite: Thesis committee approval.17.5
MBS 2B12Thesis: All MSBS students are required to complete a Thesis.  The thesis is the culmination of the student’s research as well as their knowledge developed over their entire program.7.0
MICR 1103Microbiology and Immunology: Basic principles and clinical relevance of immune mechanisms and fundamentals of host-pathogen interactions are presented. In addition, the course offers an introduction to the various subdisciplines of microbiology, with emphasis on facts and principles pertinent to the broad requirements for understanding infectious diseases. Bacterial, mycotic, parasitic and viral pathogens are considered, with major emphasis on clinical presentation and pathogenic mechanisms. Laboratory integration focuses on the common diagnostic modalities pertinent to the various infectious agents.6.0
PHYS 1116Medical Physiology: An introduction to basic principles of physiology from the cellular level (membrane potentials, receptor physiology, transport mechanisms) to organ systems (cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary-renal and endocrine). Emphasizes regulatory control interactions needed for a holistic understanding of homeostasis and pathophysiology of humans. The course uses lectures, laboratories and clinical scenarios to teach the control mechanisms. Physiology is an intermediate step in the progression of knowledge acquisition necessary for subsequent courses. Prerequisite: BIOC 1112.6.5

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse Title and DescriptionCredit Hours
MBS 1B05Special Topics in Pharmacology: An advanced class in pharmacology using a combination of lectures and primary literature to develop a sense of history, depth and emerging concepts in the field. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.1.5
MBS 1B11Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology: An advanced class in microbiology and immunology using a combination of lectures and primary literature to develop a sense of history, depth and emerging concepts in the field. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.3.5