Biomedical Sciences (BIMS)

BIMS 2171  Medical Terminology  
1 Semester Credit Hour (2 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE STRESSES FAMILIARITY WITH AND FACILITY IN SCIENTIFIC TERMINOLOGY. AREAS OF FOCUS INCLUDE: AN INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC TERMINOLOGY, WORD ANALYSIS, ETYMOLOGIES, SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION.

Prerequisite: (BIOL 1406 and 1407) or (BIOL 2401 and 2402).

BIMS 2200  Professional Skills  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION OF SELECTED TOPICS RELATING TO THE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS OF PRACTICING SCIENTISTS INCLUDING LITERATURE SEARCHES, REVIEWS, PAPER PRESENTATION, PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND JOB REQUIREMENTS. BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AND BIOLOGY MAJORS ONLY.

BIMS 3100  Essentials for Applied Forensics Laboratory Sciences  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES RELATED TO THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SYSTEM AND REGULATIONS (ESPECIALLY RELATED TO TEXAS), LAB SAFETY, QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL, PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, SPECIMEN ACQUISITION AND MAINTENANCE AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY. 

Prerequisite: (BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1412).

Co-requisite: BIMS 3103, SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 3103  Essentials Laboratory for Forensic Science  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lab Hour)  

APPLICATION OF ESSENTIAL PRACTICES FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE.

Prerequisite: BIMS 3200*.
* May be taken concurrently.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 3200  ESSENTIALS FOR APP LAB SCIENCE  
2 Semester Credit Hours (1 Lecture Hour)  

ESSENTIALS FOR LAB SCIENCE Introduction to general laboratory procedures, laboratory safety and regulations, quality assurance, professional ethics, specimen acquisition, sample maintenance and microscopy. Includes an introduction to the health care, public health and criminal investigation system.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1412.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 3300  Animal Nutrition  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

EXAMINES THE DIETARY REQUIREMENTS OF BOTH COMPANION ANIMALS AND LIVESTOCK. INCLUDES THE ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM, NUTRIENT PROCUREMENT AND USE, FEED ADDITIVES, GROWTH STIMULANTS, METABOLIC DISEASES, AND DIET THERAPY. CROSS LISTED WITH BIOL 3300.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407, CHEM 3411 and 3412 or CHEM 3412*.
* May be taken concurrently.

BIMS 3301  Introduction to Animal Science  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE IS AN ORIENTATION INTO ANIMAL SCIENCE AS IT RELATES TO AGRICULTURE AND VETERINARY MEDICINE. STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE GUIDED ON ISSUES TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL VETERINARY SCHOOL MATRICULATION.

BIMS 3302  Introduction to Forensic Anthropology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

THIS COURSE INTRODUCES THE STUDENT TO THE OSTEOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF THE HUMAN SKELETAL SYSTEM AS PRACTICED BY PROFESSIONAL FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGISTS. IT IS DESIGNED TO EQUIP THE STUDENT WITH INTRODUCTORY UNDERSTANDING OF THE ANATOMY AND NORMAL APPEARANCE OF THE HUMAN SKELETON AS WELL AS SOME OF ITS VARIATIONS, INCLUDING PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS, TRAUMATIC INJURY, AND POSTMORTEM DAMAGE.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2401.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 3320  Survey of Forensic Science  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

A SURVEY OF THE METHODS AND MATERIALS USED TO GATHER AND PROCESS EVIDENCE AT POTENTIAL CRIME SCENES. STUDENTS ARE INTRODUCED TO THE LEGAL RULES OF EVIDENCE AND THEIR PRACTICAL RAMIFICATIONS DURING SCIENTIFIC CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. IN LABORATORY, STUDENTS USE COMMONLY AVAILABLE PROCESSING ITEMS AND TOOLS TO INVESTIGATE A SIMULATED CRIME SCENE.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 3325  Professional Practice in Forensic Science  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

AN INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS AND ETHICS FOR PROFESSIONAL FORENSIC SCIENTISTS. THIS COURSE ANALYZES COGNITIVE PROCESSES, SCIENTIFIC METHODS AND QUALITY CONTROL/QUALITY ASSURANCE ISSUES IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS. IT ALSO STRESSES MAINTAINING CREDIBILITY IN AN ADVERSARIAL LEGAL SYSTEM THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL/SCIENTIFIC SPEAKING AND WRITING SKILLS.

Prerequisite: BIMS 3320.

BIMS 3401  Pathophysiology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE IS A STUDY OF THE BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF HUMAN DISEASE. IT INCLUDES AN INVESTIGATION OF INFLAMMATION, IMMUNITY, AND NEOPLASIA, AS WELL AS THE MORE COMMON PRESENTING DYSFUNCTIONS OF BODY SYSTEMS. OFFERED EVERY FALL.OFFERED FALL SEMESTER EVERY YEAR.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1411 and BIOL 1407 or BIOL 2401.

BIMS 3403  Molecular Biology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY INCLUDING ADVANCED CONCEPTS OF GENE STRUCTURE, EXPRESSION AND REGULATION, CHROMATIN STRUCTURE, RECOMBINATION, AND CURRENT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES. LABORATORY EMPHASIS IS ON BASIC SKILLS FOR NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSES, INCLUDING EXTRACTION, PCR AMPLIFICATION, QUANTIFICATION, RESTRICTION, AND ELECTROPHORESIS. DNA SEQUENCING-BASED APPROACHES ARE COVERED INCLUDING BIOINFORMATICS FOR SEQUENCE COMPARISONS, POLYMORPHISMS, AND MOLECULAR IDENTIFICATION. CROSS LISTED WITH BIOL 3403.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2416, 2421 and SMTE 0092*.
* May be taken concurrently.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4085  Major Field Test in Biology  
0 Semester Credit Hours  

THE MAJOR FIELD TEST (MFT) IN BIOLOGY IS A NATIONAL EXAMINATION GIVEN IN THE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS ONLY. IT IS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR ALL BIOLOGY AND SOME BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES STUDENTS. STUDENTS ENROLL IN THIS COURSE DURING THE SEMESTER THAT THEY PLAN TO TAKE THE MFT. THERE IS NO COST TO THE STUDENT FOR EITHER THIS COURSE OR FOR THE MFT. ADMISSION IS LIMITED TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED 90 OR MORE SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS.

BIMS 4111  Contemporary Scientific Readings  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

STUDENTS READ ONE NON-FICTION BOOK PER MONTH ADDRESSING SOME ASPECT OF MEDICINE, SCIENCE OR HISTORY (FOUR BOOKS PER SEMESTER), THEN MEET ONCE PER MONTH TO DISCUSS, ANALYZE AND DEFEND THEIR PERCEPTIONS ABOUT THE BOOK. ONLY OPEN TO STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO THE PARTNERSHIP FOR PRIMARY CARE AND THE JOINT ADMISSIONS MEDICAL PROGRAM (JAMP), THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING ADMISSION INTO JAMP BY PARTICIPATING IN THE PRE-JAMP AND STUDENTS IN OTHER SPONSORED PROGRAMS. THIS COURSE MAY BE REPEATED ONCE FOR FULL CREDIT IN SUBSEQUENT SEMESTERS.

BIMS 4128  Medicolegal Death Investigations Practicum  
1 Semester Credit Hour (3 Lab Hours)  

THIS PRACTICUM COURSE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE LABORATORY AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF DEATHS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF TEXAS MEDICAL EXAMINERS. THIS COURSE MAY INVOLVE VISITS TO THE OFFICE OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS AND ACTUAL SITES OF DEATHS.

Prerequisite: BIMS 4328.

Co-requisite: BIMS 4328, SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4170  Biomedical Seminar  
1 Semester Credit Hour (1 Lecture Hour)  

A SERIES OF SEMINARS ON CURRENT TOPICS OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH. THIS COURSE MAY BE REPEATED ONCE FOR FULL CREDIT IN SUBSEQUENT SEMESTERS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407.

BIMS 4295  Biomedical Practicum  
2 Semester Credit Hours  

SUPERVISED LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH A COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL IN HEALTH CARE (E.G., PHYSICIAN, DENTIST, VETERINARIAN, CHIROPRACTOR, PHARMACIST, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST). ON-CAMPUS MEETINGS, ORAL AND WRITTEN REPORTS ARE REQUIRED. (CANNOT BE TAKEN BY CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE STUDENTS IN LIEU OF  CLSC 4297 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I.)

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4296  Clinical Research  
2 Semester Credit Hours  

STUDENTS WILL ACTIVELY PERFORM CLINICAL RESEARCH AND LEARN FROM AND INTERACT WITH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS SUCH AS PHYSICIANS, NURSES, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, PHARMACISTS, ETC. THE STUDENT WILL BE A FUNCTIONING MEMBER OF A RESEARCH TEAM WITH SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE RESPONSIBILITIES IN CLINICAL STUDIES. 

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4297  PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

Supervised learning experience in selected departments of the clinical laboratories. Clinical Laboratory Science students only. Requires permission of instructor and application.

BIMS 4299  Directed Independent Research  
1-2 Semester Credit Hours (1-2 Lab Hours)  

INDEPENDENT LABORATORY- OR FIELD-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT ON TOPIC OF CURRENT INTEREST. PROJECT DEVELOPED AND FUNDED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A FACULTY ADVISOR. WRITTEN REPORT REQUIRED.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1412.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4311  Biology of Cancer  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE IS A STUDY OF THE PROFILE OF A CANCER CELL, AND THE VARIOUS CAUSES OF HUMAN CANCER. CONTRIBUTION OF HEREDITY, ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, AND INFECTIOUS AGENTS TO ONCOGENESIS WILL BE STUDIED. CANCER SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT WILL BE DISCUSSED. VARIOUS TYPES OF CANCER WILL BE PRESENTED.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2416.

BIMS 4323  Neurobiology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

STUDIES THE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. INCLUDES AN EXAMINATION OF EVOLUTIONARY TRENDS IN NERVOUS SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT, NEURAL FUNCTION, NERVE IMPULSE TRANSMISSION, SENSORY AND MOTOR SYSTEMS, BEHAVIOR, EMOTIONAL STATES, LEARNING AND MEMORY. PARTICULAR EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON HUMAN FUNCTIONING.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2416.

BIMS 4327  Introduction to Toxicology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

PRINCIPLES OF TOXICOLOGY INCLUDING ABSORPTION AND EXCRETION, BIOTRANSFORMATION, CHEMICAL CARCINOGENESIS, DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND TOXIC AGENTS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1412.

BIMS 4328  Medicolegal Death Investigations Lecture  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ESSENTIAL PROCEDURES OF FORENSIC DEATH INVESTIGATION. STUDENTS ARE INSTRUCTED IN THE PROCESS OF INVESTIGATING ALL ASPECTS OF A DEATH CASE FALLING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS IN TEXAS. THE IMPORTANCE OF SCENE MANAGEMENT AND DOCUMENTATION, CASE FILE MANAGEMENT, REVIEW OF PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVIDENCE, AUTOPSY PROCEDURES, AND CONSULTATION WITH OTHER FORENSIC SCIENCE EXPERTS LEADING TO THE CORRECT CLASSIFICATION OF CAUSE AND MANNER OF DEATH ARE EMPHASIZED. 

Prerequisite: BIMS 4128.

Co-requisite: BIMS 4128, SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4330  Biological Basis of Aging  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

MOLECULAR ASPECTS OF AGING AND DISEASE, INCLUDING BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS AND THEORIES INVOLVING CELLS, TISSUES, AND ORGAN SYSTEMS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 3411.

BIMS 4333  Medical Entomology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

AN INTRODUCTION TO ARTHROPODS OF MEDICAL AND VETERINARY IMPORTANCE WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE CRITICAL ROLES THAT THEY PLAY IN THEIR HOST GROUP'S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407.

BIMS 4334  Human Genetics  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

INTRODUCTION TO THE GENETIC ASPECTS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE. CLASSIC MENDELIAN AND CHROMOSOMAL DISORDERS ARE EXAMINED AS WELL AS THE RELATIONSHIP OF GENETIC PREDISPOSITION TO THE HEALTHY STATE AND TO DISEASES/CONDITIONS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2416 and CHEM 3412.

BIMS 4335  Endocrinology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

BASIC BIOCHEMICAL AND MOLECULAR ASPECTS OF HORMONE PHYSIOLOGY, BASIC ENDOCRINE FUNCTION AND HORMONE ACTION, IMMUNE-ENDOCRINE INTERACTIONS, AND CLINICAL EXAMPLES OF THE OUTCOMES OF ABNORMAL FUNCTION IN HUMAN DISEASE.

Prerequisite: BIMS 2200 or BIOL 2200 and BIOL 2416 and CHEM 3412.

BIMS 4340  Forensic Science in Criminal Law  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

STUDENTS WILL LEARN LEGAL PROCEDURES, RULES OF EVIDENCE, AND APPLICATIONS OF FORENSIC SCIENCE IN THE AREA OF CRIMINAL LAW. STUDENTS WILL ALSO DEVELOP SKILLS IN REPORT WRITING AND TESTIFYING IN COURT.

Prerequisite: BIMS 3320.

BIMS 4374  Medical Microbiology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

STUDY OF COMMON HUMAN PATHOGENIC ORGANISMS. INCLUDES BACTERIAL, PARASITIC, VIRAL AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS WITH EMPHASIS ON PATHOGENESIS AND TREATMENT.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2421.

BIMS 4375  Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

STUDIES OF HOW MICROORGANISMS INVADE THE HOST AND PRODUCE PATHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH DISEASES. EMPHASIS IS ON THE INTERACTION BETWEEN VARIOUS HOST CELLS AND PATHOGENS, ESPECIALLY MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF PATHOGENESIS AND HOST IMMUNE RESPONSES.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2421.

BIMS 4395  Forensic Science Internship  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 5 Lab Hours)  

THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN ACADEMIC INSTRUCTIONS AND THE FORENSIC SCIENCE INDUSTRY BY PROVIDING REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE IN FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS. STUDENTS ATTEND LECTURES ON CAMPUS, PLUS SPEND FIVE HOURS/WEEK AT A CRIME LABORATORY. STUDENTS WILL ACCOMPANY CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATORS TO ACTUAL CRIME SCENES AND PARTICIPATE IN SEVERAL HANDS ON FORENSIC EXERCISES INVOLVING MOCK AS WELL AS REAL INVESTIGATIONS. SOME ACTIVITIES MAY RESULT IN STUDENTS SPENDING MORE THAT FIVE HOURS OF LABORATORY OR PRACTICUM TIME.

Prerequisite: BIMS 3320.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4396  Directed Independent Study  
1-3 Semester Credit Hours (1-3 Lecture Hours)  

RESEARCH IN AREAS OF CURRENT INTEREST. WRITTEN REPORT REQUIRED.

Prerequisite: BIOL 1407 and CHEM 1312.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4406  Immunology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

AN OVERVIEW OF IMMUNOLOGY WITH EMPHASIS ON CURRENT KNOWLEDGE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. DETAILED EXAMINATION OF THE SPECIFIC CELLS, CYTOKINES, ANTIBODIES, AND MOLECULES THAT COMPRISE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. LABORATORY EXERCISES DEMONSTRATE THE BASIC PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES USED IN IMMUNOLOGIC STUDIES. CROSS LISTED WITH BIOL 4406.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2421.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4410  Histology  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

THE STUDY OF CELLS AND TISSUES, ESPECIALLY THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY ARE ORGANIZED TO FORM ORGANS AND SYSTEMS. LABORATORIES INVOLVE INTENSIVE USE OF THE MICROSCOPE TO IDENTIFY CELLS, TISSUES AND ORGANS.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2402 or 3425.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0092.  
BIMS 4590  Selected Topics  
1-5 Semester Credit Hours (1-5 Lecture Hours)  

VARIABLE CONTENT. MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT.