Undergraduate Course Offerings

Medical Sciences offers numerous undergraduate courses that satisfy selected requirements for specific majors, and which may count for credit for the Medical Sciences minor. These courses are also popular electives for many undergraduates. Undergraduate courses offered, and links to the course websites, are listed below:

Anat A215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.)
Intended for science majors. An organ systems approach to the study of the human body, including microscopic and gross structure (offered every Fall, Spring and Summer II sessions.) Counts as: N&M course, Gen Ed

Anat A464 Human Tissue Biology (4 cr.)
Intended for junior or senior science majors. The goal of Human Tissue Biology is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding at the cellular and molecular level of the various specialized tissues that make up the human body. All the major tissue and organ systems will be covered, including the nervous system, immune system, reproductive system, and endocrine system (offered every Spring semester.)

Anat A480/580 Human Anatomy for Medical Imaging Evaluation (3 cr.)
This course provides a systematic study of human anatomy and how this anatomy may be examined with medical imaging. Lecture explores the anatomy and medical imaging of the following systems: skeletal, cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive. Lab uses models, skeletal materials, and computerized/digital medical imaging examples. (Offered every other spring Semester, beg. spring 2010.)

MSCI M100 Current Topics in Biomedical Sciences (1-3 cr.)
Suitable for non-science majors at all levels. Exploration of a major issue in biomedical sciences, using analysis of scientific literature, and interpretation of contemporary research data. Readings and lectures are supplemented by whole-class and small-group discussion, and by frequent written assignments.

MSCI M131 Disease and the Human Body (3 cr.)
Suitable for non-science majors at all levels. Basic science knowledge is advantageous but not necessary. Disease or injury is the basis for discussion of the normal anatomy and physiology of relevant body systems and the alterations that are due to the disease or injury (offered every Fall and Spring semesters.) Counts as: N&M course.

MSCI M216 Medical Science of Psychoactive Drugs (3 cr.)
An entry-level examination of the biological mechanisms underlying the effects of psychoactive drugs. Drug actions in the brain, spinal cord, heart, lungs, liver and other organs and tissues will be detailed. Molecular mechanisms and genetic factors involved in drug-induced therapeutic and adverse effects will be emphasized (offered every Fall and Spring semesters.) Counts as: N&M course, Gen Ed

MSCI M300 Topics in Medical Sciences (3 cr.)
Topics to be considered vary from semester to semester and may include: metabolic syndrome, women's health, pharmacology, pathology and medicine.

MSCI M450 Undergraduate Research for Biomedical Science (1-6 cr.)

Permission of faculty member supervising the research required. Introduction to research methods and scientific methods and scientific investigation in the biomedical sciences.

MSCI M440/M540 Health Care in America (3 cr.)
Suitable for non-science majors, junior, senior or graduate standing.   Does the US provide the best health care in the world?  What is Obamacare and why has it caused such a furor?  Why is the US the only developed country that does not offer universal health insurance to its citizens?  What is health care like in Canada, the United Kingdom, or Germany?  Taught by a physician, this course explores the concept of health insurance, reviews the historical development of the American health care system, compares the US system to other countries, and asks if we can envision a health care system that meets society's practical and ethical obligations to its fellow citizens.    

MSCI M470/570 Mechanisms of Human Disease (3 cr.)
The course will examine the epidemiology, mechanisms of injury and social impact of selected infectious diseases introduced by Europeans and Africans into New World Native Populations. We will consider the genetic diversity of new world Native Americans at the time of European contact and investigate the emergence and evolution of selected infectious diseases such as measles, smallpox, influenza, tuberculosis and syphilis. We will investigate selected New World epidemics using historic documents, archeological and anthropological sources (offered every Fall semester.)

MSCI M480/M580 Molecular Biology of Cancer: Cell Signaling and Fate (3 cr)
Intended for junior or senior science majors. Cancers are genetic diseases produced by mutations in the genes that control cell signaling and cell fate. This class will provide an in depth study of cell signaling and mechanisms by which cell fate is regulated. These concepts will be used to develop a comprehensive understanding of how tumor cells develop, recruit the support from normal cells, modulate the immune system, metastasize and are treated. (Offered every spring Semester, beg. spring 2011.)

MSCI M485 Physiology of Human Disease (4 cr.)
Prereq: Intro biology course or A215 or P215. Course will explore the scientific and social aspects of three common diseases: Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular disease and Breast cancer. Students will learn about these diseases through didactic lecture from a medical doctor. Students will observe clinics, doctors, and patients (offered Spring and Fall semesters.)

MSCI M490 Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (1-3 cr.)
Permission of instructor required. Intensive study of a selected topic in biomedical sciences. Topics will vary.

MSCI M499 Internship in Medical Science Instruction (3 cr.)
Prereq: Anatomy A215, Physiology P215, or Anatomy A464 or consent of Instructor. Supervised teaching experience in undergraduate medical science courses (requires permission of instructor. Offered every Fall, Spring and Summer II Sessions.)

PHSL P215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.)
Intended for science majors and not recommended for first-semester freshmen. An organ systems approach to the study of human body function (offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer II Sessions.) Counts for: N&M course, Gen Ed.

PHSL P214 Principles of Human Physiology (3 cr.)
Permission of Instructor required. This course offers an organ systems approach to the study of human physiology. (Note: this course is the same as P215 lecture, but does not have a lab component.)(Offered every Fall, Spring and Summer II Sessions.)

PHSL-P416   Comparative Animal Physiology (3 cr.) 
Prereq: Introductory Physiology or permission of instructor.  Principles of physiology via the comparative method: functioning of nervous, muscular, respiratory, circulatory and temperature regulation functions examined through examples of vertebrate and invertebrate animals that possess unusual physiological capabilities and exemplify fundamental physiological processes in their adaptations to special environments. (offered Fall semesters).

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Shirley Braden
Jordan Hall 104
(812) 855-0616
Braden email

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