The Biomedical Scholars degree program includes both experiences and coursework, to provide our students with the best possible foundation for future endeavors. Required experiences are listed below, including the criteria and documentation necessary for each experience. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Plymale. Current Biomedical Scholars, to access your OwnCloud documentation folder, contact Mrs. Elaine Minton.
Biomedical Sciences Bootcamp
Satisfactory completion of the pre-matriculation bootcamp will be documented by the Biomedical Scholars program director(s).
Clinical Shadowing Hours
Biomedical Scholars must complete one hundred twenty (120) hours of clinical shadowing, healthcare volunteering, or working in the healthcare field prior to Spring Break of the third year. Shadowing hours must be recorded by the student, signed off on by the shadowing supervisor, and documented in an annual report given to the student’s advisor and the Biomedical Scholars program director(s). Additionally, the shadowing log must be uploaded to the student’s OwnCloud documentation folder.
Off-Campus Research Application
Biomedical Scholars must apply to two (2) off-campus summer research programs. Applications must be recorded by the student, signed off on by the advisor, and documented in an annual report given to the student’s advisor and the Biomedical Scholars program director(s). Additionally, a copy of both applications must be uploaded to the student’s OwnCloud documentation folder.
Off-Campus Research Presentation
Biomedical Scholars must prepare and deliver an individual research presentation at an off-campus scientific meeting. Group presentations will not satisfy this requirement. Presentations will be recorded in the meeting program and documented in an annual report given to the student’s advisor and the Biomedical Scholars program director(s). Additionally, the meeting program must be uploaded to the student’s OwnCloud documentation folder.
On-Campus Research Presentation
Biomedical Scholars must prepare and deliver an individual research presentation at Scholar’s Day. Group or class presentations will not satisfy this requirement. Presentations will be recorded in the Scholar’s Day program and documented in an annual report given to the student’s advisor and the Biomedical Scholars program director(s). Additionally, the Scholar’s Day program must be uploaded to the student’s OwnCloud documentation folder.
The course descriptions provided here are for informational purposes only. The university catalog supersedes any information contained here. If you have questions about prerequisites, co-requisites, or course substitutions, please contact Dr. Plymale. A blank preregistration schedule is available for students and advisors.
BIOM 1242 Freshman Research Experience
Students will conduct guided, independent laboratory research. Fall.
BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
A study of the organization of the body, its tissues and the structure and functional relationships in the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Prerequisite: four hours of Biology. Fall.
BIOL 2024 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
A continuation of BIOL 2104 concentrating on the cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: four hours of Biology. Spring.
BIOL 3014 Microbiology
A study of bacteria and other life forms from the standpoint of classification, morphology, physiology and environmental factors, and of the relation of bacteria to water, foods, industrial processes and diseases. Prerequisites: four hours of Biology; eight hours of Chemistry; junior standing. Fall.
BIOL 3064 Neuroscience
An introduction to the biological substrate of behavior and experience, especially as expressed in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and behavioral neuroscience. Prerequisite: CORE 2323 or BIOL 1014. Also listed as as PSYC 3064. Spring.
BIOM 3681 Biomedical Sciences Seminar
This variable topics seminar course will expose students to current topics in biomedical sciences. BIOL students may take this course one time for credit. Pre- or co-requisite: BIOL 2014 or permission of instructor. Also listed as BIOM 3681. Fall.
BIOL 3683 Introduction to Bioinformatics
An introduction to bioinformatics concepts and techniques in the framework of genomics. Prerequisites: BIOL 1014 or BIOL 2014 and 8 hours of Chemistry; or CORE 2334 and a C or higher in CSCI 1064; or consent of instructor. Spring.
BIOL 4001 Experimental Research
A course in lab or field research in biological science. Course may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: BIOL 1014, 1024, and eight additional hours in Biology, twelve hours of Chemistry. Fall, Spring.
BIOL 4013 Histology and Microtechniques
Lecture and lab dealing with primary tissues of vertebrate animals. A practical course laboratory technicians, premedical students and other biology students. Prerequisite: BIOL 2014 and 2024 or consent of instructor. Spring.
BIOL 4054 Genetics
This course is a study of the basic principles, theories and mechanisms of heredity in the context of historical Mendelian approaches and modern molecular techniques. It will address transmission genetics, population genetics, quantitative genetics and molecular genetics. The course incorporates recent research in the presentation and analytical evaluation of course material with a focus on laboratory techniques and molecular mechanisms. Prerequisites: MATH 2063, eight hours of Biology, and eight hours of Chemistry. Spring.
BIOL 4064 Cell and Molecular Biology
This course is designed to address general and specific principles of cellular and molecular biology. The course covers basic chemical and physical concepts important to understanding cellular and molecular processes, cell membrane structure and function, storage and expression of genetic information, signal transduction, synthesis and function of cellular membrane systems, cellular interactions, cytoskeletal structure and function, and the cell cycle. The course incorporates recent research in the presentation and analytical evaluation of course material with a focus on laboratory techniques and molecular mechanisms. Prerequisites: BIOL 1014, 2014 or 2024, 8 hours of chemistry. Recommended: CHEM 3004 and 3104. Fall.
BIOL 4281 Laboratory Teaching Internship
Student interns will assist the instructor in the preparation and instruction of a laboratory course. Interns will engage in individual and small group instruction during laboratory, will be prepared to answer questions related to weekly lab exercises, will assist in the preparation, administration and grading of lab assignments and exams, and will be formally evaluated by the faculty instructor a minimum of two times during the semester. Student interns may be required to design a laboratory exercise and or create exam questions. Students must have completed 16 hours of biology and complete a written application. Satisfactory / unsatisfactory based on instructor’s requirements. On Demand.
BIOL 4243 Infectious Disease
This course covers general and specific principles of immunology, epidemiology, pathogenic microbiology, and parasitology. This course relies heavily on students interpretation of scientific literature. Prerequisites: BIOL 3014 or 2604, eight hours of Chemistry, Junior standing. Spring of odd years.
BIOM 4563 Medicinal Chemistry
The course is designed as an introduction to the field of medicinal chemistry. The topics covered will include: folklore and herbal medicine practices, metabolism, physico-chemical and functional group properties of organic compounds, lead compound identification, empirical drug design, modern computational drug design, and select medicinal agents. Prerequisite: CHEM 3104. Also listed as CHEM 4563. Spring.
BIOM 4643 Medical Physics
A study of the application of basic physics principles to the workings of the body and medical instrumentation. Prerequisites: BIOL 2024 and PHYS 2034 (College Physics II) or PHYS 2064 (University Physics II). Also listed as BIOL 4643 and PHYS 4643. Spring.
4783 On the Ouachita
An interdisciplinary and place-based approach to environmental sciences. The course incorporates perspectives from disciplines such as history, natural science, ecology and leisure studies and requires field work after the end of the regular semester. On Demand.
NSCI 2001 Health Professions Seminar
A seminar course for those students interested in pursuing a health professions career. Periodic presentations will be offered by visiting health professional representatives. A health fair will also be offered. Students must keep a log of events attended. This log will be required for all students who wish to conduct a mock interview with the Health Professions Committee prior to applying for professional school. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher. Fall.
NSCI 4002 Medical Terminology
A programmed course designed to meet objectives related to career goals in biological and health related fields such medical secretary, medical technology, nursing, dental hygiene and athletic training. Fall, Winter.