Biomedical Sciences








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Biomedical Sciences, M.S.

Rolling Admissions
Biomedical Sciences, M.S. Review of completed applications will take place once annually, during the second week of November for enrollment beginning the following Fall semester. Applications received after these dates may be considered if space is available in the program. International applicants must have all application materials submitted no less than 8 months prior to the desired date of enrollment.
School/College: College of Health Sciences

Department Links: Degree Conferred:
  • M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
Overview
The Biomedical Sciences Department offers a program of graduate education providing an advanced level of study for students interested in biology as it relates to human health, medicine, and disease. Major emphasis in the program is placed on developing an understanding of the mechanisms involved in human diseases and providing broad-based training in both basic and applied biomedical sciences. In-depth training is offered in selected areas of emphasis, such as immunology, the pathogenesis of infectious diseases, toxicology, pharmacology, neurodegeneration, and cancer biology. The M.S. degree has two tracks.
  1. Thesis Track requirements include a thesis based on hypothesis-driven research conducted by the student to enhance problem-solving abilities and the student’s capacity to function more effectively in the biomedical field.
  2. The Non-Thesis Track is designed for students who want to gain knowledge in the biomedical sciences by taking courses focused on human health and disease without a research component. This track may be suitable for a variety of students, including those who currently work in a laboratory setting and wish to obtain a higher degree and those requiring a degree beyond the bachelor-s level to teach.

Graduate Faculty

Professors
Azenabor, Anthony, Ph.D., University of Benin
Eells, Janis, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Associate Professors
Lyons, Jeri-Anne, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
Nardelli, Dean, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Assistant Professors
Doll Jennifer, Ph.D., Washington University, Saint Louis
Hassan, Wail, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Admission
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following requirements to be considered for admission:
  1. The program primarily enrolls individuals with backgrounds in biomedical sciences or related fields who have completed a bachelor s degree at an accredited institution. For students entering without a degree in a related area, the faculty determines deficiencies to be overcome prior to admission. Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials are obtained by the program. All completed applications received prior to February 1 will receive consideration for enrollment beginning the following Summer term for the Non-Thesis Track or Fall semester for the Thesis Track. Completed applications received after February 1 may be considered if space is available in the program. Students may enroll on a full-time or a part-time basis.
  2. Applicants may be admitted to regular status if their grade point average is the equivalent of 2.75 or above (scale of 4.0). Averages below 2.75 may be considered for admission on a probationary basis, in which case particular attention is given to the last 60 hours completed in the undergraduate program, with special emphasis on performance in biomedical science-related courses. Probationary status is removed after successful completion of the first eight graduate credits with a grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  3. Graduate Record Examination scores on the General Test are required.
  4. Three letters of reference, preferably from academic and/or research sources or supervisors, must be provided.
  5. The applicant must provide a statement of not more than 1,000 words providing career objectives and reasons for seeking a degree in the UWM Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
  6. Students must identify, at the time of applying, whether they seek enrollment in the Thesis Track or Non-Thesis Track. Students wishing to change tracks after admission must receive approval of the program.
Major Professor as Advisor
For both tracks, the student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies.

Credits and Courses
The minimum degree requirement is 32 graduate credits.

Thesis Track
Nine credits of core curricular requirements are required, and a minimum of 8 credits in research (BMS 799) must be taken. Of the remaining 15 credits required for the degree, a minimum of 9 credits must be taken as sub-specialty courses offered by the program. No more than 3 credits of U/G courses at the 400 level and 3 credits of U/G courses at the 500 level, not including BMS 590: Topics in Biomedical Sciences, may be applied toward completion of the Thesis Track.

Non-Thesis Track
Two credits in advanced independent study (BMS 999) must be taken in the final term. Of the remaining 30 credits required for the degree, a minimum of 21 credits must be taken at the 500-level and higher, for graduate credit, within the program. The remaining credits are taken as elective courses at the graduate level. These elective courses also may be within the BMS program, or they may be taken outside of the program, in consultation with the major professor.

Thesis (Thesis Track)/Capstone (Non-Thesis Track)
Students enrolled in the Thesis Track must write an acceptable thesis based on original research and pass a final oral examination in defense of the thesis under the supervision of a major professor. Students in the Non-Thesis Track must pass a comprehensive examination based on their coursework or complete a project based on a literature review. These are administered and evaluated by the program s faculty and staff.

Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

420 Clinical Hematology. 3 cr. U/G.
Lectures in the production, regulation, function, and cytomorphology of normal hematopoietic elements. Introduction to hemostastis theory. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.

427 Clinical Immunology. 3 cr. U/G.
Fundamentals of Clinical Immunology, including cellular, humoral and molecular aspects. Correlation of laboratory test results with clinical disease states. Prereq: jr st.

431 Clinical Chemistry. 3 cr. U/G.
Correlation of clinical chemistry with the pathophysiology of human disease. Prereq: jr st; Chem 501(P) or cons instr; or grad st.

497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance to Study Abroad Prog.

534 Medical Microbiology. 3 cr. U/G.
Advanced comprehensive study of microorganisms that influence human health and disease. Emphasis on identification/diagnosis and microbial attributes and mechanisms that facilitate infectious disease. Prereq: jr st & Bio Sci 383(303)(P); or grad st; or cons instr.

535 Medical Microbiology Laboratory. 2 cr. U/G.
Formal systematic laboratory study of microorganisms important in human health and disease. Emphasis on current methods of detection, identification and treatment. 4 hr lab. Prereq: jr st & Bio Sci 383(303)(P), or cons instr; BMS(C L Sci) 534(C).

537 Medical Parasitology and Mycology. 2 cr. U/G.
Lectures and laboratory dealings with the medically significant parasitic and mycotic agents of human disease. Prereq: sr st in BioMed Sci (C L Sci) Prog; or grad st; or cons instr.

539 Public Health Microbiology. 2 cr. U/G.
The role of microbiological analysis in public health and the current techniques for detecting, identifying, and enumerating pathogenic microorganisms. Prereq: jr st & Bio Sci 383(303)(P), or grad st; or cons instr.

540 Public Health Microbiology Lab. 2 cr. U/G.
Current laboratory techniques for detecting, identifying, and enumerating pathogenic microorganisms. Prereq: jr st, or cons instr

545 Human Histology. 3 cr. U/G.
A detailed study of the structure and function of human tissues. Prereq: jr st.

552 Advanced Nutrition. 2 cr. U/G.
Nutrient utilization and human metabolism, nutritional influences in anthropology, epidemiology and international development issues. Prereq: jr st; BMS(C L Sci) 232(P) or Bio Sci 501(P).

555 Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. 1 cr. U/G.
Survey of the pharmacology and analytical methods for identification and quantitation of therapeutic and toxic substances. Prereq: jr st, & Chem 341(P) or 345(P); or cons instr.

560 Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics. 2 cr. U/G.
Introduction to principles and applications of DNA technology in the clinical laboratory. Prereq: jr st, Chem 501(P); or grad st.

561 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. 1 cr. U/G.
Clinical laboratory experiences in molecular diagnostic techniques and instrumentation. Prereq: jr st & BMS(C L Sci) 560(C); or grad st & BMS(C L Sci) 705(P); or cons instr.

590 Topics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences: (Subtitled). 1-5 cr. U/G.
Topics of current interest in the field of clinical laboratory sciences. The major theme for each semester offering will be posted. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 9 cr for grad students. Prereq: jr st; cons instr for grad cr.

600 Contrast Diagnostic Imaging. 3 cr. U/G.
Use of contrast media in medical imaging diagnostic procedures. Prereq: jr st in Biomed Sci program; ARRT, ARDMS, or CCI Imaging Certification or completion of an Intro to Diagnostic Imaging course.

601 Molecular Imaging for Diagnostic Imaging. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of imaging principles utilized with molecular imaging. To include review of scientific publications for the use of molecular imaging to review various disease processes. Prereq: jr st in Biomed Sci program; ARRT, ARDMS, or CCI Imaging Certification or completion of an Intro to Diagnostic Imaging course.

610 (HS 610) Pharmacology. 3 cr. U/G.
Lectures on pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action, and physiological effects of toxic and therapeutic substances. Prereq: jr st, Chem 501(P), or cons instr.

615 Cellular and Molecular Toxicology. 3 cr. U/G.
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of toxicant interactions with critical target organelles and molecules and subsequent downstream cellular responses. Prereq: jr st, Chem 501(P) or cons instr; or grad st.

701 (HS 701) Human Pathophysiology I. 3 cr. G.
An advanced course in basic pathological mechanisms underlying production of human disease and effects on selected organ systems. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

702 (HS 702) Human Pathophysiology II. 3 cr. G.
A continuation of 701 dealing with pathogenesis of the major diseases of human organ systems. Prereq: grad st; BMS 701(HS 701)(P) or cons instr.

705 Molecular Pathology. 3 cr. G.
Principles, methods, and applications of nucleic acid-based technologies in pathology and laboratory medicine. Counts as repeat of BMS(C L Sci) 590 with similar topic. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

710 (effective 09/06/2016) Seminar in Biomedical Sciences. 1 cr. G.
Presentation of topics of current interest to the biomedical scientist. May be repeated to max of 9 cr. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

710 Seminar in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 1 cr. G.
Presentation of topics of current interest to the clinical laboratory scientist. May be repeated to max of 9 cr. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

715 Medical Laboratory Management and Education. 2 cr. G.
Introduction to management and education theory and application to the clinical laboratory. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

717 Laboratory Technology-Theory and Practice. 1 cr. G.
Fundamental laboratory bench techniques common to the biological sciences to prepare students for independent research. Prereq: grad st.

718 Experimental Design, Research, and Epidemiologic Methods. 1 cr. G.
Fundamentals of laboratory, clinical and epidemiologic experimental design for beginning graduate students in the Health Sciences. Prereq: grad st; Biostat or undergrad stats course or cons instr

750 Infection and Immunity. 3 cr. G.
Immunobiology of the response to infectious disease agents of humans, with resulting clinical outcomes; mechanisms of immune evasion in establishing infection and causing disease. Prereq: grad st; Lec courses in immunology and microbiology or cons instr

751 Immunopathology. 3 cr. G.
Examination of mechanisms by which abnormal, unwanted, or absent immune responses result in disease, including discussion of clinical presentation, diagnostic testing, and therapeutic intervention. Prereq: grad st; BMS(CLSci) 750(P) or cons instr

756 Current Concepts in Cancer. 3 cr. G.
An overview of various forms of human cancer. Emphasis on cell markers and cytomorphology, etiology and kinetics. Prereq: grad st or cons instr.

765 Molecular Pathophysiology. 3 cr. G.
Advanced theoretical skills and an appreciation of the current scientific literature in basic and clinical physiologic chemistry. Prereq: grad st or cons instr; basic college chemistry class suggested

766 Advanced Cardiovascular Hemodynamics. 3 cr. G.
Study of fundamental principles of fluid mechanics as applicable to physiologic and biological systems. Topics include Poiseuille flow, circulatory flow resistance. Prereq: Admission to Biomed Sci MS program; ARRT, ARDMS, or CCI Imaging Certification or completion of introductory course in diagnostic imaging

767 Comparative Analysis of Diagnostic Imaging. 3 cr. G.
Study of imaging principles evoked in utilizing multiple imaging modalities (DMS, CT, MRI and radiographic imaging) of both the normal and pathology findings. Prereq: Admission to Biomed Sci MS program; ARRT, ARDMS, or CCI Imaging Certification or completion of introductory course in diagnostic imaging

768 Diagnostic Imaging of Acquired Heart Disease. 3 cr. G.
In-depth study of how acquired heart disease is imaged in the adult patient. Prereq: Admission to Biomed Sci MS program; ARRT, ARDMS, or CCI Imaging Certification or completion of introductory course in diagnostic imaging

769 Diagnostic Imaging for Management of Cardiovascular Disease. 3 cr. G.
In-depth study of imaging used to monitor surgical and medical management of patients with cardiovascular disease. Prereq: Admission to Biomed Sci MS program; ARRT, ARDMS, or CCI Imaging Certification or completion of introductory course in diagnostic imaging

772 Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 3 cr. G.
A survey of the effects of antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents in microorganisms and man. Mode of action, principles of antimicrobial chemotherapy application to basic research. Prereq: lc & la course in medical microbiology; grad st or cons instr.

775 Mechanisms of Infectious Disease. 2 cr. G.
Molecular and cellular means by which microorganisms facilitate infection, withstand or evade immune response, induce damage to host, and ensure transmission to human populations. BMS(C L Sci) 775 & PH 775 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st; lc & la course in medical microbiology

780 Emerging Infectious Diseases. 3 cr. G.
Detailed studies of those infectious diseases with both an emerging nature and a high impact on public health. Prereq: grad st; background in microbiology, BMS 534 or BMS 539 or BioSci 383 (R)

782 Advanced Immunology. 3 cr. G.
Cellular basis of the immune response with emphasis on immunoregulation and clinical disease manifestations resulting from altered cellular immune function. Prereq: grad st; course in immunology; or cons instr.

799 (effective 09/06/2016) Research in Biomedical Sciences. 1-8 cr. G.
Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

799 Research in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 1-8 cr. G.
Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

901 Seminar on Philosophical Approaches to Science. 3 cr. G.
The nature and function of sciences, the logic of the scientific method as it relates to health, and implications of research and practices in health care. BMS(C L Sci) 901 & LibrlSt 901 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
This course provides the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, with the opportunity to design, deliver, and evaluate an undergraduate course. Jointly offered w/ and counts as a repeat of HCA 909. Prereq: grad st; Occ Thpy 900(P); cons instr

910 Advanced Seminar in Health Sciences. 1 cr. G.
Faculty, students, and guests present research topics in the Health Sciences. Retakable to 4 cr max. Prereq: grad st

990 Research and Dissertation. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a dissertation under the direction of the student's primary and secondary advisors. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

999 (effective 09/06/2016) Advanced Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Individualized experience enables student to study current topics of interest to the biomedical scientist. Level of credit assigned based on time required for completion. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

999 Advanced Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Individualized experience enables student to study current topics of interest to the clinical laboratory scientist. Level of credit assigned based on time required for completion. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.