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Master of Science (MS)



Course Descriptions

ANAT 603 Methods of Curriculum Development and Teaching Human Gross Anatomy (3 credit hours) This course provides an analysis of curriculum development and methods for aligning course content to goals and evaluation procedures. The philosophical, historical, and psychological foundations of curriculum will be explored to help students better understand how curriculum models might be utilized in an ever changing and emerging educational environment. Topics will include Gross/Developmental, microscopic and neuroanatomy.  Pre-requisites:  DO SYS 701, 714, 715.

ANAT 604 Introduction to Radiographic Anatomy and Clinical Imaging (3 credit hours)
This unit provides an understanding of the basic anatomy of the brain, chest, abdomen and pelvis as viewed in a cross section of the anatomy. Radiographs and diagrams are used to support the learning process.  Pre-Requisites: DO SYS 701 and 714.

ANAT 653 Special Topics in Clinical Anatomy (1-3 credit hours)
Reading and conference with a faculty member(s). Students will give presentations and discuss topics with faculty.  May be repeated by permission only.

BCHM 503 Advanced Cellular Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
This course will provide an advanced focus on 1) biomolecules (amino acids, protein structure and folding, protein function with emphasis on hemoglobin and myoglobin, carbohydrate, lipid and membrane structure and function); 2) enzyme kinetics and regulation of enzyme activity; and 3) metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and nucleotides.  Each will be related to theme of regulation and integration of these metabolic pathways and how they differ in the muscle and the liver. Students are expected to present and discuss at least one recent paper from the primary literature relevant to the course topics. Pre-Requisites: Admission to the Master of Science program and satisfactory completion of an upper-level undergraduate biochemistry course.

LSCI 503 Advanced Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology (3 credit hours)
This course is an in-depth coverage of Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic molecular cell biology.  Topics include structure and utilization of the organismal genome; nuclear and cytoplasmic division; membrane structure, transport, and compartment dynamics; cell communication; cell-cycle regulation; cytoskeletal structure and dynamics;  cellular aspects of multicellular development and apoptosis. Assigned readings in current primary literature will be used to extend learning of topics in this course. This course has a required critical analysis paper.  Pre-Requisites: Admission to the Master of Science program and satisfactory completion of an undergraduate genetics course.

LSCI 504 Advanced Techniques for Molecular Biology (2 credit hours)
This course integrates theoretical underpinnings of contemporary molecular techniques with applied skills using those techniques. Each student is expected to successfully perform each technique and create a written report the results using publication standards of a current refereed journal. The actual menu of techniques may vary depending on the students’ areas of interest.  Typically techniques will include PCR, bacterial transformation, advanced agarose and polyacrylamide electrophoresis, Western, Southern, and/or Northern blotting, ELISA, or animal tissue culture. Pre-Requisites: Admission to the Master of Science program and satisfactory completion of an undergraduate genetics course.

LSCI 505 Advanced Ecology and Field Biology (3 credit hours)
This course entails an in-depth examination of current ecological concepts and methods via a review of both classical and contemporary landmark peer-reviewed literature. Major ecological principles and their applicability across various ecological systems and biological hierarchical scales will be critically discussed. The course will also address experimental design and implementation as well as data analyses and interpretation for field experimentation. The student will conduct a primary literature review, write a paper, and give an oral presentation on an ecological topic upon approval by the instructor. Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program and satisfactory completion of an undergraduate ecology and statistics course.

LSCI 506 Microscopic Imaging Theory and Techniques (2 credit hours)
This course will address light, electron, atomic force, and confocal microscopy as complimentary study methods.   The history of microscopy will allow comparison and contrasts of light and electron optics. The focus of the course will be on advanced imaging techniques, especially electron microscopy.  Electron paths will be followed from filament generation of primary electrons, focusing electrons through the column, to specimen interactions generating secondary and backscattered electrons, and X-rays.  Techniques will include sample fixation, dehydration, mounting, coating and storage for high and low vacuum systems. A discussion of X-ray microanalysis will show the quantitative side of advanced imaging. Students will gain hands-on experience with scanning electron microscopy. This course has complimentary lecture and lab assignments. Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program.

LSCI 507 Life Sciences Research Instrumentation (2 credit hours)
This course introduces students to analytical technology platforms used in life sciences molecular research. The course will review specific technologies, online databases, online calculators, and primary literature review strategies.  The course will include significant laboratory instruction each week with advanced orientation to technologies including mass spectrometry, NMR, PCR, and cell fractionation. Students will be introduced to protocols for obtaining and preparing biological materials for analysis as well as relating molecular characterizations to the genome and metabolism.  Critical review of the literature, including assigned readings, will be a key element to all aspects of the course.  Two papers are required: a research methodology review and a grant proposal. Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program.

LSCI 508 Techniques in Physiological Research (2 credit hours)
This course will introduce well-accepted methods, rationale and limitations for evaluating and array of functions in humans and animals. This course will provide students with the skills necessary to construct solid research designs for research applications, and the foundation required to critically review studies in the field of physiology. Pre-Requisites: Admission to the Master of Science program and satisfactory completion of an upper-level biochemistry course.

LSCI 509 Advanced Botany (3 credit hours)
This course emphasizes structural, developmental, and molecular aspects in comparing major phylogenetic groups of plants. Recent and classic primary literature research is included.  Pre-requisites: Upper-level undergraduate botany and genetics courses.

EDUC 570 Introduction for Teaching and Learning (6 credit hours)
This course includes a study of concepts essential to becoming a teacher leader. Basic and advanced strategies in curriculum, instruction, assessment, current research, technology, diversity, leadership, and philosophy are addressed. This course is Module I in the Master of Education – Initial Teacher Licensure program.

EDUC 571 Extending and Refining Knowledge of Teaching and Learning (6 credit hours)
This course focuses on the role of the teacher as leader. Candidates demonstrate their understanding of the teacher as leader role by applying relevant concepts to the development of an interdisciplinary unit of study and a personal philosophy statement.  This course is Module II in the Master of Education – Initial Teacher Licensure program. Prerequisite: EDUC 570.

EDUC 591 Enhanced Student Teaching (6 credit hours)
This course provides full-time teaching experience in a public 5-12 classroom setting under the direction of a mentoring classroom teacher and a university supervisor.  Placement will be arranged by the Program Director in consultation with faculty. Bi-monthly seminars are required. Student teaching is required for all candidates seeking licensure through the Master of Education – Initial Teacher Licensure program. Before registering for this course, candidates must have completed and passed EDUC 570/571, passed all Praxis exams and taken and passed all undergraduate courses required for licensure. This course is Module III in the Master of Education – Initial Teacher Licensure program.

LSCI 603 Colloquial Principles of Life Science (1 credit hour)
Selected diverse articles from the primary literature of the life sciences are critically presented and discussed. Attendance required. Course may be repeated for credit. . Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program.

LSCI 604 Graduate Life Science Research Design and Analysis (3 credit hours)
This course covers the principles and applications of research design in the life sciences.  This includes framing and articulating a research question, creating testable hypotheses, collecting valid data, approaches to data analyses, and presentation of results. Examples from the primary literature will be discussed and evaluated.  Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program and satisfactory completion of an undergraduate statistics course.

LSCI 605 Scholarly Writing in Life Science (2 credit hours)
This course focuses on formal scientific writing. It emphasizes concise communication of the research process. It includes both written and oral presentations of previous relevant background studies, statement of the research question, detailing of materials and methods, linkage of claims, warrants, and evidence, and concluding discussions.  A written research proposal draft is required for completion of this course. Pre-Requisites:  LSCI 604 and recommendation of supervisory committee.

LSCI 606 Applied Ethics in the Biomedical Sciences (3 credit hours)
Applied Ethics is the inquiry from the standpoint of moral philosophy into practical decision making.  The focus of the course will concern ethical issues in relation to research and practice in the biomedical sciences.  The course’s instructional format will include a combination of lecture, video, small group discussion, and seminar.  It will also include independent study of a focused topic selected by the student in consultation with their supervisor.  The course will be primarily “Case-Based” covering a range of topics with the emphasis on ethical decision-making.  Ethical theory will be discussed in relation to making the most reasoned and informed argument for practical courses of action.  Special attention will be given to the ethical dimensions of research involving human and non-human subjects.  Pre-Requisites:  Admission into the Master of Science Program and at least one prior undergraduate course in ethics. 

LSCI 613 Methods of Life Sciences Curriculum Development and Teaching (3 credit hours) A graduate level methodology course which integrates analyses of teaching and learning research findings with application to classroom and laboratory curriculum design and assessment for the life sciences. Methods of instruction at the secondary level are refined in application for life science content, skills and technology. A laboratory component in included. Pre-requisites: Admission to the Master of Science, Life Science Teaching major; EDUC 570, LSCI 603.

LSCI 653 Life Science Graduate Special Topics (1-3 credit hours)
Various specific life sciences topics are covered which include in-depth presentation, analysis and discussion of the related primary literature.  May be repeated with a different topic.  Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program and permission of instructor.

LSCI 683 Life Science Graduate Research Project (1-3 credit hours)
The graduate student conducts  life science research under the supervision of a graduate research mentor. A written research report is required to complete the course.  May be repeated for credit. Pre-Requisites:  Admission to the Master of Science program and permission of instructor.

LSCI 693 Life Science Thesis Research (1-9 credit hours)
The graduate student conducts life science research under the supervision of a graduate research mentor for completion of the approved Master of Science thesis proposal.  May be repeated for credit at the discretion of the supervising committee. By permission of supervising committee only. Pass/Fail.

Existing Courses
ANAT 699 Medical Gross Anatomy Dissection (3 credit hours)
A graduate level course designed for the continued study of medical gross anatomy by method of full human dissection. Students will begin with basic dissection techniques and advance to more detailed methods. All sections of human anatomy will be covered i.e. musculoskeletal, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, neck and head. Evaluation will be based on a performance grading rubric. Pre-Requisite: Completion of DOSYS 701 with a final grade of “B” or higher.

DO SYS 701 Medical Gross Anatomy (6 credit hours)
Medical Gross Anatomy is the study of the body's structure. The course is organized by the four major body regions: upper limb; back and lower limb; thorax, abdomen and pelvis; and head and neck. Laboratory prosections and dissections will be utilized throughout the entire course. Supplemental lectures and tutorials will also be given. Computer-aided instruction will be used to help students learning anatomy. The student is expected to learn anatomical terminology, three-dimensional, radiological and live (palpatory) anatomy. Throughout the course students will be challenged to relate the anatomy to solving clinical problems. The latter is an integral part of the anatomy curriculum. Students will be evaluated by a series of five written examinations and five laboratory practical exams. (19 weeks)

DO SYS 714 Medical Histology I (1.5 credit hours)
Medical Histology I is designed to give students a foundation of the basic structural and functional organization of cells and tissues in the human body. Histology I focuses on the histologic study and microscopic anatomy of basic tissue types. This course is taken during the first semester of the first year of medical school. The understanding of the normal histology presented in this course is critical for the student's ability to: (1) envision the cellular/tissue structures associated with the biochemical and physiological processes explained in other courses, and (2) identify and comprehend the abnormal histology presented in Pathology. (8 weeks)

DO SYS 715 Neuroanatomy (3 credit hours)
This course provides a survey of the neuroanatomy and systems physiology of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. There are two major goals for this course. By the end of the course, using knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, the student will be able to: 1) explain the reasoning for each step of the neurological exam, and 2) explain the mechanisms underlying a neurological patient's signs and symptoms. (8 weeks)


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