2019-2020 CA201TALOG 4 -ACDEMIC - ACADEMIC CATALOG - UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

 
2019-2020 CA201TALOG 4 -ACDEMIC - ACADEMIC CATALOG - UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY
2019-2020
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UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                             1
HISTORY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
ACCREDITATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             3
DISCRIMINATION POLICY AND TITLE IX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..                                   3
ASSIGNMENT OF CREDIT HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              4
AUTHORITY FOR CURRICULA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                           4
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                      4
LIST OF DEGREE PROGRAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        5
VA PENDING PAYMENT COMPLIANCE POLICY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                            6
COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                7
   Degree and Program Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     7
   Core Curriculum Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       8
   Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program and Degree Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                 9
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              10
   Cell and Developmental Biology Program and Degree Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                              11
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              12
   Microbiology and Immunology Program and Degree Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                13
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              14
   Neuroscience Program and Degree Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  15
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              15
   Pharmacology Program and Degree Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                    18
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                19
   Physiology Program and Degree Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  20
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  20
   Additional Graduate Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      21
   MD/PhD Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                22
COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                     23
   Arts and Sciences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            23
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               23
   Applied Behavior Analysis Studies MS Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                  26
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               27
   Cardiovascular Perfusion: Masters of Science Degree Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                           28
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               29
   Clinical Laboratory Science – Medical Biotechnology and Medical Technology:
     Bachelor of Science Degree Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          31
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              32
   Clinical Laboratory Science – Medical Technology Master of Science Degree Programs. . . . . . . . . . . .                                                         34
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               35
   Medical Imaging Sciences: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Professional
     Studies Degree Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  38
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               41
Physician Assistant: Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                          45
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            46
   Physical Therapy: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                48
        Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            48
   Radiation Therapy: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree Programs . . . . .                                                           52
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             53
   Respiratory Therapy: Bachelor of Science Degree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              55
        Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             56
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   59
   MD Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       59
        Objectives and Plan of Instruction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    59
        Two campuses for Clinical Clerkships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       59
        Student Research Opportunities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  59
   MD Curriculum Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                60
   MD Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             60
   Third Year Clerkships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          62
   Fourth Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    63
Rural Medical Scholars Program (RMSP)/RMED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                              63
   Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          64
Upstate Public Health Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              64
   Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   65
   Foundational Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  66
COLLEGE OF NURSING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   70
   Bachelor of Science Degree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               70
   Master of Science Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              71
   Doctor of Nursing Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             73
   Post Masters Advanced Certificates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   73
   Nursing Course Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                74
        Bachelor of Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           75
        Master of Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           77
        Doctor of Nursing Practice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                79
ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                            81
    Center for Bioethics and Humanities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     81
    Consortium for Culture and Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       81
Upstate Medical University

The Academic Catalog accurately reflected curricular program requirements and course
descriptions at the time of its publication. However, Upstate reserves the right to change the
policies, including academic requirements, at any time.

Please see the following resources for additional information:

Academic Calendars:
http://www.upstate.edu/currentstudents/academic/records/calendars.php

Admission requirements, financial aid and tuition and fees:
http://www.upstate.edu/prospective/

The College of Graduate Studies:
http://www.upstate.edu/grad/

The College of Health Professions:
http://www.upstate.edu/chp/

The College of Medicine:
http://www.upstate.edu/com

Upstate Public Health Program:
http://upstate.edu/mph

The College of Nursing:
http://www.upstate.edu/con/

Student Life – Academic Resources – Support Services – Student Handbook:
http://www.upstate.edu/currentstudents/

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SUNY Upstate Medical University
The State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate                officially organized in 1971 to offer associates and
Medical University encompasses the College of Graduate         bachelor’s degrees in the allied health professions. The
Studies, College of Health Professions, College of             college currently offers upper-division and graduate
Medicine, College of Nursing, and a clinical system            degrees in eight health specialties.
comprising Upstate University Hospital with its downtown
and community campuses, the region’s only children’s           In the late 1970s, the “Clinical Campus” at Binghamton
hospital, and an extensive network of specialty treatment      was established. This site offers clinical education
services. Upstate educates physicians, research scientists,    programs for third- and fourth-year medical students.
nurses, and public health and health care professionals.
Upstate also provides graduate medical education, post-        The College of Nursing was established in 1985 with a
doctoral opportunities and a variety of continuing education   unique MS degree program for registered nurses and has
for health professionals in the region.                        expanded its offerings to meet the needs of registered
                                                               nurses in the Central New York region. The College was
Upstate Medical University traces its origins to 1834 when     fully accredited by the National League of Nursing in the
educators founded a medical school at Geneva College to        fall 1991. It currently offers a BS completion program for
train doctors for communities along the Erie Canal. In         RNs, masters programs to become a nurse practitioner, and
1849, the school gained the distinction of awarding an MD      a DNP program. The College is fully accredited by the
degree to Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate     Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
with an MD in this country.
                                                               As the University developed its programs, it also saw great
In 1871, the medical school dean bought the college’s          expansion of its physical plant. Growth in the1960s and
medical library, anatomical museum, and other tangible         1970s included University Hospital, the Campus Activities
assets. He and another Geneva faculty member approached        Building, Clark Tower residence hall and Jacobsen Hall,
Syracuse University and offered to donate these materials      which now houses administrative offices. A nine-story
on condition that Syracuse University immediately              addition to Weiskotten Hall, a three-level parking garage,
establish and maintain a medical college consistent with       and the Campus West Building were all constructed with
American Medical Association standards. With support           both public and private funding.
from the Onondaga County Medical Society, the Geneva
medical faculty joined the Syracuse University College of      In 1983, the Regional Oncology Center was built and in
Physicians and Surgeons, later known as the College of         1985 a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was added to the
Medicine. In 1875, the new school was the third in the         fourth floor of University Hospital. A day-care center was
nation to adopt a three-year graded program, preceded only     added in 1991 to meet the needs of Upstate’s students,
by Harvard Medical School and Chicago Medical College.         faculty and staff. The Health Sciences Library was
                                                               completed in 1995 and the first major expansion of the
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the              University Hospital, a $52 million East Wing addition, was
cornerstone for a new teaching facility for medical            completed in 1996. In 2000, the Institute for Human
education. This structure, later named Weiskotten Hall after   Performance opened to house an array of biomedical
the college’s dean, Herman G. Weiskotten, remains the          scientists, rehabilitation specialists and educators working
center of the basic science complex. It houses research        to reduce the impact of aging, illness and injury. The
laboratories, instructional rooms, the Health Sciences         facility includes the largest block of research space on
Library and faculty offices.                                   campus outside Weiskotten Hall, and a major expansion
                                                               was completed in fall 2013. The Setnor Academic Building
A program leading to the MS and PhD degrees in                 opened in the spring of 2007. Expansion of University
biochemistry was initiated in 1947 while the Medical           Hospital to include the Upstate Golisano Children’s
College was still a part of Syracuse University. The           Hospital, the only one in the region, was realized in 2009.
program was then incorporated into the Graduate Program        A new Upstate Cancer Center, the region’s only
of the newly organized State University and expanded to        comprehensive outpatient resource for the treatment of
include anatomy, microbiology, physiology and                  cancer and blood disorders for adults and children, opened
pharmacology, as well as medical technology. Today, the        in 2014. The New Academic Building opened in 2015 and
College of Graduate Studies currently offers MS and/or         provides administrative and classroom space for the
PhD degrees in six biomedical research disciplines.            Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. A new
                                                               University Simulation Center will open in the fall of 2019.
In 1950, Upstate became part of the State University of
New York, a public higher education system that currently      By building upon its history and dedication to excellence,
includes sixty-four campuses.                                  Upstate Medical University continues to expand services
                                                               and to develop resources in virtually every field of
The College of Health Professions was added in 1956 and        medicine, making a major contribution to the quality of life
offered a certificate in cytotechnology. The College was       in central New York and beyond.
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The mission of SUNY Upstate Medical University is to           College of Medicine:
improve the health of the communities we serve through         Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
education, biomedical research and health care.                330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 39300
                                                               Chicago, IL 60611-5885
The vision of Upstate Medical University is “United in         Phone: 312-464-4933
expertise, compassion and hope to create a healthier world
for all.” The mission and visions are achieved through our     Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
shared values. We drive innovation and discovery by            1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
empowering our university to bring forth new ideas and to      Silver Springs, MD 20910
ensure quality; We respect people by treating all with grace   Phone: 202-789-1050
and dignity; We serve our community by living our
mission; We value integrity by being open and honest to        College of Nursing:
build trust and teamwork and to embrace diversity and          Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
inclusion.”                                                    One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
                                                               Washington, DC 20036-1120
Accreditation                                                  Phone: 202-887-6791

The SUNY Upstate Medical University is accredited by the       Discrimination Policy and Title IX
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE),
3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA           Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed
19104, Phone: 267-284-5000. All educational programs           to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty,
are registered through the New York State Department of        staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational
Education and are approved by the Veterans Administration      opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs
for the training of veterans under Public Law 98-358.          and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color,
Program specific accreditation is provided by the following:   national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender
                                                               identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy,
College of Health Professions:                                 predisposing genetic characteristics, military status,
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the           domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.
 Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)                            Employees, students, applicants or other members of the
12000 Findley Road, Suite 150                                  University community (including but not limited to
Johns Creek, GA 30097                                          vendors, visitors, and guest) may not be subject to
Phone: 770-476-1224                                            harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or
                                                               retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
 (CoARC)                                                       The University’s policy is in accordance with the federal
1248 Harwood Road                                              and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination
Bedford, TX 76021-4244                                         and harassment. These laws include the Americans with
Phone: 817-283-2835                                            Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
                                                               Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy                1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended
 Education (CAPTE)                                             by Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the
1111 North Fairfax Street                                      New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit
Alexandria, VA 22314                                           discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment
Phone: 703-706-3245                                            and sexual violence.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education         Inquiries regarding the application of the Title IX and other
 Programs (CAAHEP)                                             laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination
1361 Park Street                                               may be directed to the Associate Vice President and Chief
Clearwater, FL 33756                                           Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 711
Phone: 727-210-2350                                            Jacobsen Hall, Upstate Medical University; Telephone:
                                                               (315) 464-5232.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic
 Technology (JRCERT)                                           Inquiries may also be directed to the United States
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850                              Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old
Chicago, IL 60606-3182                                         Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646)-
Phone: 312-704-5300                                            428-3800; Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory
 Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880
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Assignment of Credit Hours                                    discipline, and updated accreditation standards as published
                                                              by the professional organizations. Any significant change
SUNY Upstate Medical University, as part of the State         in a course or a change in a program of study is required to
University of New York, has adopted the Carnegie Unit as      be approved by the respective Curriculum Committee.
a measure of academic credit. This is in compliance with
the SUNY Policy on Credit/Contact Hour (Document              General Education Requirements
Number 1305) and the United States Department of
Education definition of a credit hour as “an amount of work   Both the State University of New York and the Middle
represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by     States Commission on Higher Education require students in
evidence of student achievement.”                             all undergraduate programs to prepare students in a breadth
(http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN1106.pdf)       of general education requirements. The general education
                                                              program must include the study of quantitative and
Upstate Medical University offers a variety of instruction    scientific reasoning, written and oral communication,
type of courses, including the standard lecture and           critical analysis and reasoning, information literacy and
laboratory courses. In addition, as an academic health        technological competency, and values, ethics, and diverse
science center, many of our courses are practicums. Each      perspectives.
college reviews and approves their own curriculum.
However, all follow the format of a standard credit hour
awarded for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom           On the basis of their upper-division status and relevant
instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of         accreditation requirements, the Office of the SUNY Provost
outside study for each class session. Therefore, a typical    has waived several SUNY General Education requirements
three credit hour course at Upstate Medical University        for undergraduate programs at Upstate Medical University.
meets for three 50-minute sessions per week for a fifteen-    This waiver was granted based on the fact that all bachelor's
week semester, and thus totaling 45 sessions. Another         degree programs are upper division and students enter with
format commonly used is the practicum course, such as our     prerequisites of 60 credits, having met most of the
clinical courses. For these courses, credit is awarded as     knowledge and skill areas required by SUNY GenEd. The
defined by the State University of New York (Document         remaining GenEd requirements will be completed through
Number 1305) for full-time independent study.                 their program of study at Upstate. The requirement for
Specifically, for clinical courses that meet full-time, one   mathematics is met as a prerequisite requirement in the
semester credit hour is awarded for each week of the          College of Health Professions, or by taking statistics in the
course. For clinical courses that are not full-time, but      College of Nursing. Other course requirements in the
rather interspersed with other coursework, one semester       programs fulfill the Gen Ed distribution requirements as
credit hour is awarded for every forty-five hours of          follows: Professional Communications, Professional &
involvement on the part of the student. As an example, a      Technical Writing (Basic Communication), Research
clinical course that meets for nine hours a week over the     Methods, Research in Nursing (Scientific and Critical
course of fifteen weeks would be assigned three semester      Reasoning, Information Management), and Health Care
credit hours.                                                 Ethics, Ethics, Nursing and the Health Professions (Values,
                                                              Ethics and Diverse Perspectives).
Authority for Curricula
                                                              More information about General Education Requirements
New courses, revisions to current courses, and the programs   at Upstate is available at
of study are each approved through their respective college   www.upstate.edu/prospective/basics/suny_gened_requirem
curriculum committee. It is the charge of each of these       ents.php.
Committees to review and approve the curriculum in
compliance with all federal, SUNY and national
accreditation guidelines. In addition, many programs must
be individually accredited by their respective professional
organizations. Depending on the College, the approval for
all curriculum may only rest with the Curriculum
Committee or it may also require approval by the faculty
organization of the College.

The ultimate authority for the curriculum of each college
rests with the dean of the college who ultimately is
responsible for ensuring that programs are reviewed
periodically. Usually the review of programs and
curriculum is an on-going process with reviews occurring
annually based on student feedback, changes in the

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Degree Programs
 Programs                     Degree Level(s)        Department                         HEGIS     CIP Code**
                                                                                        Code*
 Anatomy                      MS                     Cell and Developmental Biology     0412      26.0403
 Anatomy and Cell Biology     PhD                    Cell and Developmental Biology     0412      26.0407
 Applied Behavior Analysis    MS                                                                  42.2814

 Biochemistry                 MS                     Biochemistry and Molecular         0414      26.0202
                                                     Biology
 Biochemistry and             PhD                    Biochemistry and Molecular         0414      26.0202
 Molecular Biology                                   Biology
 Cardiorespiratory Sciences   BS                     Respiratory Therapy Education      1299      51.0908
 Cardiovascular Perfusion     BS***                  Cardiovascular Perfusion           1223      51.0906
 Clinical Perfusion           MS                     Clinical Perfusion                 1299      51.0906
 Medical Imaging Sciences     BS and BPS             Medical Imaging Sciences           1225      51.0911
 Medical Biotechnology        BS                     Clinical Laboratory Sciences       0499      26.1201
 Medical Technology           BS and MS              Clinical Laboratory Sciences       1223      51.1005
 Medicine                     MD                                                        1206      51.1201
 Microbiology                 MS***                  Microbiology and Immunology        0411      26.0502
 Microbiology and             PhD                    Microbiology and Immunology        0411      26.0502
 Immunology
 Neuroscience                 PhD                    Neuroscience and Physiology        0425      30.2401

                              BS, MS, Post-
 Nursing                      Master’s Adv. Cert.                                       1203      51.1601
                              and DNP
 Pharmacology                 MS and PhD             Pharmacology                       0409      26.1001
 Physician Assistant          MS                     Physician Assistant                1299.10   51.0912
 Studies
 Physical Therapy             DPT                    Physical Therapy                   1212      51.2308

 Public Health                                       Public Health and Preventive       1214      51.2207
                              MPH and Adv. Cert.
                                                     Medicine
 Physiology                   MS*** and PhD***       Neuroscience and Physiology        0410      26.0901
 Radiation Therapy            BS and BPS             Radiation Therapy                  1225      51.0907
 Technology
 Respiratory Care             BS                     Cardiorespiratory Sciences         1299      51.0908

  *     New York State Higher Education General Identification System number
 **     U.S. Department of Education: Classification of Instructional Programs 2000 number
***     Currently not offered to incoming students

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VA Pending Payment Compliance
Policy
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e),
SUNY Upstate Medical University has adopted the
following additional provisions for any students using U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®
(Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch.
31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending
from the VA. SUNY Upstate Medical University will not:
     • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
     • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
     • Require the student to secure alternative or
         additional funding;
     • Deny the student access to any resources available
         to other students who have satisfied their tuition
         and fee bills to the institution, including but not
         limited to access to classes, libraries, or other
         institutional facilities.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may
be required to:
     • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first
         day of class;
     • Provide written request to be certified;
     • Provide additional information needed to properly
         certify the enrollment as described in other
         institutional policies.

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College of Graduate Studies
 The College of Graduate Studies educates students to be           for research; and Journal Club where students practice
 biomedical research scientists, preparing them for careers in     analyzing papers and giving oral presentations. Beginning
 academic medical centers, colleges and universities,              in January, students take electives. By the end of the spring
 biomedical research institutes, the biotechnology industry,       semester, students begin focusing on research. Students
 and government agencies. The College educates graduate            select a mentor and become affiliated with their mentor's
 students through its six biomedical science programs,             degree granting program at the end of the first year.
 awarding PhD degrees and MS degrees as noted:
                                                                   Second Year: By the start of the second year, most PhD
       Anatomy: MS                                                students have begun work on the research project that will
       Anatomy and Cell Biology: PhD                              lead to their dissertation. During this year, students take the
       Biochemistry: MS                                           Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research course, which
       Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: PhD                    examines research ethics and the moral and philosophical
       Microbiology: MS*                                          issues confronting scientists, and continue to take electives
       Microbiology and Immunology: PhD                           based on their research interests as well as courses required
       Neuroscience: PhD                                          by their program. All students take a program specific
       Pharmacology: MS and PhD                                   grant writing course. Students pass a qualifying exam to
       Physiology: MS* and PhD*                                   become candidates for the doctoral degree. This exam is
                                                                   scheduled by the end of the second year.
 *Not accepting students at this time.
                                                                   Later Years: In their second year, students put together a
 The MD/PhD program at SUNY Upstate Medical                        dissertation advisory committee, comprised of three to six
 University is designed for college graduates who seek the         faculty members from different departments. The
 medical training and advanced research skills required for        committee meets every six months to review the student's
 careers in academic medicine and medical research. This           progress, make suggestions and provide direction. To assist
 eight-year, dual-degree program combines our medical              in the guidance of a student’s career planning, the student
 school (College of Medicine) with our graduate school in          and advisor develop a career development plan which is
 biomedical sciences (College of Graduate Studies).                updated and shared annually with the advisory committee
                                                                   to help a student meet their planned goal. After completing
                                                                   their research projects, students write a dissertation and
 Degree and Program Overview                                       defend it before a dissertation defense committee.

 Doctoral Degree                                                   Master’s Degree
 www.upstate.edu/grad/curriculum/phd_degrees.php                   www.upstate.edu/grad/curriculum/masters.php
 The PhD degree – including research, didactic course work         The master's degree program typically takes two to three
 and successful defense of a dissertation – is intended to be      years to complete. Master's students participate in selected
 completed in four to six years.                                   parts of the core curriculum along with PhD students.
                                                                   However, unlike PhD students who usually affiliate with a
 First Year: All first-year students participate in three lab      degree-granting program at the end of their first year,
 rotations of their choosing. Lab rotations give students          master's students join a degree-granting program from the
 exposure to diverse research environments and help them           start. Master's students write and defend a thesis, but they
 select a mentor with whom to do their dissertation research.      do not take a qualifying exam.
 To help students select their rotation labs, the college offers
 the Graduate Student Research Opportunities course during         Additional required courses are determined by degree
 the first three weeks. In this course, representatives from       granting program and the advisor.
 each of the six biomedical sciences programs describe the
 research interests of their faculty members. A faculty
                                                                   MD/PhD Program
 advisor also helps students select their rotation labs. All
                                                                   www.upstate.edu/mdphd/curriculum/index.php
 first-year students also participate in a core curriculum
 designed to provide a broad-based education in the
                                                                   Upstate Medical University’s MD/PhD Program is
 biomedical sciences. The first-year core curriculum courses
                                                                   designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career as
 are: Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology,
                                                                   physician-scientists in academic medicine. During the
 covering fundamental and advanced topics in biochemistry,
                                                                   students first two years of training students complete
 molecular biology and cell biology; Principles of
                                                                   required courses in the College of Medicine curriculum (see
 Biostatistics, introducing the basic principles of biostatistic
                                                                   College of Medicine section of the Academic Catalog).

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They then advance into the laboratory where they spend           each graduate program, and 2) to thereby give the incoming
three to four years completing additional coursework and         graduate students further information upon which to base
dissertation research under the guidance of one of the           their own choice of research area and advisor for their
faculty members in College of Graduate Studies. The time         dissertations. Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.
in the laboratory culminates with the defense of the
doctoral dissertation, after which students re-enter the         GS612 Biomedical Sciences Laboratory Rotations
College of Medicine to complete their training in the            (2 Credit Hours/Rotation)
required clinical clerkships and electives. The total time       Course Coordinator(s): Dean, College of Graduate Studies
spent in the program should be no more than eight                Semester Offered: Year round
years. Throughout the training students will also                Course Description: The purpose of the rotation is to learn
participate in MD/PhD specific coursework and activities.        new research skills and more about the research of a
                                                                 potential dissertation advisor, and to potentially lay the
Annual stipends and tuition scholarships are provided for        groundwork for a future dissertation. Biomedical Sciences
students during enrollment in the MD/PhD program.                PhD students are required to do three laboratory rotations,
                                                                 taken consecutively, in the first year. Rotations begin
MD/PhD students may receive up to but no more than 12            approximately September, January and March. An optional
elective credits in the College of Medicine (COM) for            fourth rotation in the summer may be taken. MD/PhD
research which will count toward fulfilling the COM              students are required to do two laboratory rotations, one
graduation requirement of 25 elective credits. MD/PhD            each summer prior to their medical school years one and
students must apply for this research credit; please see the     two (an optional third rotation may be taken). Written
Student Handbook for details. Alternatively, MD/PhD              report due to Advisor at the end of each rotation.
students are eligible to apply up to 9 credits from the Grand    Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.
Rounds Course towards College of Medicine elective
credits (see above).                                             GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology
                                                                 (4 Credit Hours)
There can be 24 credits transferred from the COM to the          Course Coordinator(s): Drs. Stephan Wilkens and Scott
College of Graduate Studies (CGS). These credits are             Blystone
based on criteria set forth by the Graduate Programs, the        Semester Offered: Fall
Dean of College of Graduate Studies, and the MD/PhD              Course Description: This course provides a comprehensive
Program Co-directors. The courses transferred are those          background for students in the Biomedical Sciences
that fulfill the CGS core curriculum and correlate with the      Program. It covers fundamental and advanced topics in
degree-granting program in which the student is enrolled.        biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. Lectures
                                                                 and discussions are based on primary research articles,
The MD/PhD Grand Rounds course is a required course for          reference books, and lecture notes. Major divisions of the
all students in all years of the program. MD/PhD students        course are 1) properties of biomolecules, 2) cell
in the first year of their PhD are required to take the          organization and regulation, and 3) cell function.
MD/PhD grant writing course.                                     Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.

For MD/PhD course descriptions, see page 22.                     MPHP602 Principles of Biostatistics (3 Credit Hours)
                                                                 Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Donald Cibula
                                                                 Semester Offered: Fall
Prior to graduation from the program each student must           Course Description: This course introduces the basic
have at least one accepted first-author publication of           principles of biostatistics and requires students to apply
experimental data from their dissertation work in a peer-        these principles to describe and analyze health data. Topics
reviewed journal.                                                include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, point
                                                                 and interval estimation of population parameters, and
Graduate Studies Core Curriculum                                 hypothesis testing. A variety of one and two-sample tests
Course Descriptions                                              for continuous and categorical data are covered, as is
                                                                 analysis of variance and linear regression modeling. Equal
                                                                 attention is given to manual calculation and use of
GS604 Graduate Student Research Opportunities
                                                                 statistical software; students will learn to analyze data using
(0 Credit Hours)
                                                                 SPSS software and interpret output and results.
Course Coordinator(s): Dean, College of Graduate Studies
                                                                 Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): Neil A Weiss, Principles
Semester Offered: Fall
                                                                 of Biostatistics: Introductory Statistics, 10th edition.
Course Description: With one full afternoon per program,
each of the six PhD training programs will describe its
                                                                 GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
currently active research projects. This description will be
                                                                 (Research Ethics) (2 Credit Hours)
presented in a format which the program’s faculty feels best
                                                                 Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Robert Quinn
displays all its research activities. Two major goals of these
                                                                 Semester Offered: Fall
presentations are to: 1) acquaint the incoming graduate
                                                                 Course Description: The faculty instructors participate in
students with the breadth of research being pursued within
                                                                 lecture and discussion with the students. The lecture topics

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include Authorship, Peer Review and Plagiarism, Conflicts        PhD Degree Requirements:
of Interest, Policies on Research Misconduct, Human
Subjects, Animal Subjects, and Intellectual Property.            Required Graduate Courses:
Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): Francis L. Macrina,            GS604 Graduate Student Research Opportunities
Scientific Integrity, 4th edition.                               GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology
                                                                 MPHP602-002 Principles of Biostatistics
GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of           GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
Scientific Literature: Journal Club (1 Credit Hour)              B609 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Rotations OR
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Peter Calvert                         GS612 Biomedical Sciences Laboratory Rotations (x3)
Semester Offered: Fall                                           GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of
Course Description: This course gives students the                       Scientific Literature: Journal Club
opportunity to read, critically evaluate, and present research   B620 Biochemistry Seminar
articles in a variety of fields. During this course students     B648 Research Design in Biochemistry and Molecular
are expected to develop a high standard of scientific                    Biology
analysis and good public presentation skills. Students will      B650 Scientific Writing in Biochemistry
be required to present one to two paper(s) each semester
depending on time availability and to actively participate in    Electives: At least 6 credits of Advanced Biochemistry and
class discussions when not presenting. This course is            Molecular Biology elective courses are required. (Note:
required for all first year graduate students in the fall        GS628 Systems Biology of Genetics, Genomics, and
semester, but, if space is available, it is also offered as an   Proteomics and PHA615 Apoptosis and Cancer
elective for advanced students. Prerequisites: None.             Pharmacology are considered advanced Biochemistry and
Textbook(s): None.                                               Molecular Biology courses for this purpose).

For additional Graduate Studies general electives, see           Total 90 credit hours (a minimum of 30 Didactic Graduate
course descriptions listed on page 19.                           Course credit hours and a minimum of 30 Research
                                                                 Graduate Course credit hours).
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
                                                                 Qualifying Examination (to be scheduled before or during
Program and Degree Requirements                                  the summer following the student’s second year)
CIP Code: 26.0202
                                                                 Dissertation Advisory Committee Meetings and
This program awards:                                             Department Research Talk (minimum of one meeting every
 PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology                      six months)
 MS in Biochemistry
                                                                 Successful Dissertation Defense
Faculty researchers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
seek to understand the molecular and cellular bases of           MS Degree Requirements:
human health and disease. They apply a broad range of
tools ranging from those of structural biology and               Required Graduate Courses:
biophysics to cell biology and genetics. Faculty with            GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology
expertise in X-ray crystallography, single-molecule electron     MPHP602-002 Principles of Biostatistics
microscopy, and spectroscopy investigate protein structure,      GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
folding, and interactions at the atomic level. Other faculty     B609 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Rotations
members employ modern genetics and genomic                       GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of
technologies to integrate the above information with in vivo             Scientific Literature: Journal Club
studies to generate a broader understanding of cellular          B620 Biochemistry Seminar
pathways and systems biology. This comprehensive
strategy is reflected by the diverse approaches that our         Electives:
researchers take, from high-resolution structural and single-    At least 3 credits of Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular
molecule studies to the use of animals and single-celled         Biology elective courses are required.
organisms to model disease processes and development.
Areas of focus in the Department of Biochemistry and             Total 30 credit hours (a minimum of 20 Didactic Graduate
Molecular Biology include membrane and transport protein         Course credit hours and a minimum of 10 Research
structure and function, DNA replication and transcription,       Graduate Course credit hours).
cellular responses to stress, epigenetics and energy
metabolism. These studies impact disorders from cancer to        MS Thesis Committee Meetings (minimum of two
neurodegenerative diseases to pathogenic infections. Our         meetings per year)
program boasts a robust and long-standing record of
extramural funding, particularly from the National               Successful Thesis Defense
Institutes of Health.

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Course Descriptions                                              into RNA. In this course, we will discuss the detailed
                                                                 mechanisms of transcription with a particular emphasis on
B609 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Rotations                the role of epigenetic modifications of chromatin in the
(2 Credit Hours)                                                 regulation of transcription. We will use knowledge
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Patricia Kane                         obtained from the study of a variety of model organisms to
Semester Offered: Year round                                     illustrate the basic concepts that are conserved throughout
Course Description: This laboratory course is primarily          evolution, including (but not limited to) the role of histone
intended for Biochemistry graduate students. The course          modifications, chromatin remodeling, the CTD code, non-
will provide instruction in laboratory techniques commonly       coding regulatory RNAs, and mechanisms of cell memory.
used in biochemical and molecular biological laboratories        In addition, we will discuss the role of epigenetic
and will aid students in the selection of a research advisor.    mechanisms in imprinting, iPS cell reprogramming, and
This course is offered year round. Research areas covered        human disease. The course is organized into both lecture
span the interests of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology         and discussion groups, with opportunities for student
program faculty. The grading for laboratory rotations is         participation and presentations. Readings will include
satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prerequisites: None.                contemporary studies from the published literature.
Textbook(s): None.                                               Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.

B617 Methods of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology               B648 Research Design in Biochemistry and Molecular
Research (Variable Credit Hours)                                 Biology (3 Credit Hours)
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Patricia Kane                         Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Steven Hanes
Semester Offered: By arrangement only                            Semester Offered: Spring
Course Description: Course deals with individualized             Course Description: This course promotes the development
laboratory experience. Topics agreed upon by student and         of critical thinking, experimental designing and scientific
faculty sponsor. Often taken between rotations and Thesis        writing important to the students’ future career as scientists.
research to fulfill credit requirements. Prerequisites:          The students will gain experience in developing an original
GS612. Textbook(s): None.                                        dissertation research project and preparing the plan in a
                                                                 formal hypothesis-based research proposal. Students will
B620 Biochemistry Seminar (0 Credit Hours)                       learn the essential features of grant writing, with the
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Xin Jie Chen                          emphasis on developing skills necessary for effectively
Semester Offered: Year round                                     communicating their research design. Prerequisites:
Course Description: Presentations of recent research             General biochemistry or equivalent and with course
activities by invited speakers and department members.           coordinator approval. Textbook(s): None.
Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.
                                                                 B650 Scientific Writing in Biochemistry (1 Credit Hour)
B638 Independent Study in Biochemistry and Molecular             Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Stewart Loh
Biology (1 – 2 Variable Credit Hours)                            Semester Offered: Fall
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Patricia Kane                         Course Description: This course is required in the second
Semester Offered:                                                year for all students performing their thesis research in the
Course Description: A tutorial course designed for               Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The
graduate students in biochemistry, or related disciplines that   purpose of this course is to provide practice and one-on-one
will involve in-depth review of recent developments in           instruction in scientific writing. Each week the student will
biochemical research. May include 1) literature searches, 2)     be assigned a paper to read from the primary literature by
seminar and/or lectures, 3) hands on experience with new         one of the program members, usually in the faculty
techniques available in the department, and 4) a written         member’s area of expertise. The student will have one week
report.                                                          to read the paper and write a concise one page summary
The purpose of the course is to develop a broad knowledge        and critique of the paper. In the second week, the student
of the biochemical literature as the student advances in         will revise the paper, with the direct guidance and final
his/her more defined research goals. Prerequisites: General      approval of that faculty member. Prerequisites: First year
biochemistry or equivalent. Textbook(s): None.                   core curriculum. Textbook(s): None.

B647 Gene Expression and Epigenetic Regulation                   B664 Protein Sorting and Vesicular Trafficking
(2 Credit Hours)                                                 (1 Credit Hour)
Course Coordinator(s): Drs. Michael Cosgrove and                 Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Patricia Kane
Steven Hanes                                                     Semester Offered: Spring, even years
Semester Offered: Spring, even years                             Course Description: The current literature is used to
Course Description: Gene expression is a fundamental             analyze recent discoveries and controversies in protein
process in all living organisms. Regulation of gene              sorting and trafficking. After an initial review of core
expression determines cell type during development and is        material related to the topic, students are assigned papers to
required for cells to carry out their functions in response to   read in advance of each class along with questions to think
nutritional, hormonal and environmental signals. At the          about in relation to the reading assignment. Each class
heart of gene expression is the process of transcribing DNA      consists of a student presentation(s) of the assigned paper(s)

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and class discussion of the readings. Grading is based on        identification of genes important for the assembly and
presentation and class participation. Prerequisites: None.       motility of cilia; the interface between cytoskeletal
Textbook(s): None.                                               dynamics, mitotic signaling, and membrane transport
                                                                 during cell division. Models used in the research include:
B665 Bioenergetics and Metabolism (2 Credit Hours)               zebrafish, avian embryos, the alga C. reinhardtii, cell
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Xin Jie Chen                          culture lines, C. elegans, the yeast S. pombe, rats and mice.
Semester Offered: Spring, odd years                              Students and faculty use a variety of research methods
Course Description: This course is taught by Biochemistry        including sophisticated light microscopy (laser scanning
faculty specialized in bioenergetics and metabolism. Using       confocal microscopy, spinning disc confocal microscopy,
both lecture and student-driven discussions, basic principles    wide field deconvolution imaging, real-time fluorescence
of bioenergetics and metabolism will be discussed and            microscopy, TIRF microscopy), high-sensitivity digital
applied in a variety of disease states. The topics covers        cameras and image processing, electron microscopy, tissue
mitochondrial signaling, regulation of energy metabolism,        culture, stereotactic surgery, and a complete range of
nutrient and energy sensing, pH homeostasis and cancer,          molecular and biochemical techniques.
immune-metabolism, hypoxia signaling, and
oncometabolites in epigenetic regulation. Prerequisites:         PhD Degree Requirements:
None. Textbook(s): None.
                                                                 Required Graduate Courses:
B666 Protein Structure Determination (2 Credit Hours)            GS604 Graduate Student Research Opportunities
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Stephan Wilkens                       A623 Grant Writing in Cell and Developmental Biology
Semester Offered: Spring, even years                             GS612 Biomedical Sciences Lab Rotations (x3)
Course Description: The primary literature will be used to       GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology
cover advanced topics in determination of protein structure      MPHP602-002 Principles of Biostatistics
and dynamics. Topics include characterization of protein         GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
structure and dynamics by X-ray crystallography, nuclear         GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of
magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, cryo-electron optical                    Scientific Literature: Journal Club
super resolution microscopy, and. fluorescence
spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and computational               Electives:
methods. Emphasis is placed on how structure and                 GS628 Systems Biology of Genetics, Genomics,Proteomics
dynamics of proteins relates to their function and               A507 Introduction to Neuroscience
mechanism. Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.               A613 Graduate Cellular Anatomy
                                                                 A614 Contemporary Cellular, Molecular, and
B700 Research in Biochemistry (Variable Credit Hours)                     Developmental Biology
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Patricia Kane                         A615.5 Teaching in Graduate Cellular Anatomy
Semester Offered: Year round                                     A617 Methods of Cell and Developmental Research
Course Description: Original thesis research in the field of     A621 Neuroanatomy Lab
Biochemistry under the supervision of a member of the            A622 Developmental Biology
staff. Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.                   B647 Gene Expression and Epigenetic Regulation
                                                                 B664 Protein Sorting and Vesicular Trafficking
Cell and Developmental Biology                                   B666 Protein Structure Determination
                                                                 N620 Advanced Topics in Receptors and Cell Signaling
Program and Degree Requirements                                  N623 Systems Neuroscience
CIP Code: 26.0601                                                PHA615 Apoptosis and Cancer Pharmacology

This program awards:                                             Total 90 credit hours (a minimum of 30 Didactic Graduate
 PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology                                Course credit hours and a minimum of 30 Research
 MS in Anatomy                                                  Graduate Course credit hours).

Research in the Department of Cell and Developmental             Qualifying Examination (to be completed by the end of the
Biology explores the molecular and biochemical                   second year)
mechanisms of cellular function and development. Faculty
researchers in the department have funding for fundamental       30 min Departmental Seminar (to be presented within 6
studies of: proteins and structures responsible for the          months of qualifying exam)
assembly and dynamics of myofibrils; the genetics and cell
biology of heart formation; the role of class I myosins in       Department Seminar Series (attendance required at
kidney functions; the mechanisms of actin assembly during        all seminars)
endocytosis; the role of cell adhesion in regulating the
cytoskeleton and cell motility in normal and cancerous           Dissertation Advisory Committee Meetings (minimum of
cells; integrin regulation of the actin cytoskeleton; research   one meeting every six months)
on neural plasticity and spinal cord injury; the role of
formins in the assembly of the actin cytoskeleton; the           Successful Dissertation Defense

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MS Degree Requirements:                                        where each student will use their own university
                                                               microscope to explore these tissue types. Course
Required Graduate Courses:                                     participants will select organ systems of interest and
GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology            prepare presentations on the histology of those organ
MPHP602-002 Principles of Biostatistics                        systems and present it to the class. Student presentations
GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research               will also be followed by a laboratory session for students to
GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of         explore that organ system. Prerequisites: First year core
          Scientific Literature: Journal Club                  curriculum. Textbook(s): A combined text and color atlas
                                                               of histology (examples Junquiera, Ross, Wheater, or Kerr).
Electives:
GS628 Systems Biology of Genetics, Genomics Proteomics         A614 Contemporary Cellular, Molecular and
A507 Introduction to Neuroscience                              Developmental Biology 2 Credit Hours)
A613 Graduate Cellular Anatomy                                 Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Jeffrey Amack
A614 Contemporary Cellular, Molecular, and                     Semester Offered: Fall, odd years
Developmental                                                  Course Description: Lectures, student presentations, and
  Biology                                                      discussions dealing with cellular and molecular
A617 Methods of Cell and Developmental Research                mechanisms during embryonic development. Classical as
A621 Neuroanatomy Lab                                          well as contemporary concepts will be emphasized.
A622 Developmental Biology                                     Prerequisites: A622 or with course coordinator approval.
B664 Protein Sorting and Vesicular Trafficking                 Textbook(s): None.
B666 Protein Structure Determination
N620 Advanced Topics in Receptors and Cell Signaling           A615.5 Teaching in Graduate Cellular Anatomy (2
N623 Systems Neuroscience                                      Credit Hours)
PHA615 Apoptosis and Cancer Pharmacology                       Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Vladimir Sirotkin
                                                               Semester Offered: By arrangement only
Total 30 credit hours (a minimum of 20 Didactic Graduate       Course Description: This course will provide an
Course credit hours and a minimum of 10 Research               opportunity for graduate students to teach a graduate level
Graduate Course credit hours).                                 course through assisting the faculty instructors of Graduate
                                                               Cellular Anatomy. Prerequisites: A517 or A613.
Department Seminar Series                                      Textbook(s): None.

Successful Thesis Defense                                      A617 Methods of Cell and Developmental Research
                                                               (Variable Credit Hours)
Course Descriptions                                            Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Joseph Sanger
                                                               Semester Offered: By arrangement only
A507 Introduction to Neuroscience (3 Credit Hours)             Course Description: Methods of research used by the
Course Coordinator(s): Drs. Frank Middleton, Mary Lou          faculty are demonstrated. Problem design and research
Vallano, Dana Mihaila                                          methods emphasized. Prerequisites: Course coordinator
Semester Offered: Fall                                         approval. Textbook(s): None.
Course Description: The Systems Neuroscience course will
consist of the Neuroscience course given to first year         A621 Neuroanatomy Lab (2 Credit Hours)
medical students, without the neuroanatomy components.         Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Dana Mihaila
This course will include the study of systems of               Semester Offered: Fall
neuroscience, including sensory, motor, limbic systems,        Course Description: Using a case-based format, this course
sleep and awakening, and basic cognitive processing. There     will provide students an appreciation for the structure and
are a total of 29 lectures with 2 essay examinations. The      three-dimensional organization of the central nervous
summer session will be a combination of video                  system including external and internal anatomy of the
presentations and live tutorials. There will be 2              central nervous system, functional organization and
essay/multiple choice exams. Prerequisites: Course             interconnections of the major brain pathways. Prerequisites:
coordinator approval. Textbook(s): None.                       None. Textbook(s): None.

A613 Graduate Cellular Anatomy (2 Credit Hours)                A622 Developmental Biology (2 Credit Hours)
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Vladimir Sirotkin                   Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Jeffrey Amack
Semester Offered: Spring, even years                           Semester Offered: Spring, odd years
Course Description: Graduate Cellular Anatomy provides         Course Description: This is an introductory graduate
an opportunity for graduate students to independently          course in developmental biology. The course will have two
visualize cells, tissues, and organs of the human body by      90 minute sessions per week for 10 weeks. The format will
direct light-microscopic observation of prepared histologic    be a mix of lectures and discussions that cover fundamental
specimens and develop their teaching and presentation          concepts in developmental biology. Faculty will give
skills. Introductory lectures on the histology of the basic    lectures and students will participate in group projects and
tissue types will be followed by a guided laboratory session   give a journal club style presentation of an assigned

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research paper. Grades will be based on effectiveness of the   PhD Requirements:
presentation, performance on short quizzes and
participation in class discussions. Prerequisites: GS616.      Required Graduate Courses:
Textbook(s): Scott Gilbert, Developmental Biology, 10th        First and Second Years:
edition.                                                       GS604 Graduate Student Research Opportunities
                                                               GS612 Biomedical Sciences Laboratory Rotations (x3)
A623 Grant Writing in Cell and Developmental Biology           GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology
(2 Credit Hours)                                               MPHP602-002 Principles of Biostatistics
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Joseph Sanger                       GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of
Semester Offered: Spring                                                Scientific Literature: Journal Club
Course Description: Faculty will provide an overview of        GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
grant writing style and mechanics and provide examples of      M627 Introduction to Virology
grants written in common formats for private and               M628 Introduction to Immunology
government agencies. Students will write their own grants,     M616 Current Concepts in Virology*
limited to ten pages, excluding Abstract and Bibliography,     M610 Problems in Cellular and Molecular Immunology*
and otherwise following the style of the current NIH R01       M630 Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology
grant. Each mentor-student pair may follow their own           M623 Directed Individual Study in Microbiological and
timetable towards completion by semesters end. Students                 Immunological Research Methods
and mentors are encouraged to review writing progress and      M609 Grant Writing in Microbiology and Immunology
provide feedback frequently. Prerequisites: GS616 and
with course coordinator approval. Textbook(s): None.           Third Year & Following Years:
                                                               M700 Research in Microbiology and Immunology
A700 Research in Cell and Developmental Biology                M630 Seminar in Microbiology and Immunology
(Variable Credit Hours)
Course Coordinator(s): Dr. Joseph Sanger                       *Students must take either 6 credits of both M616 and
Semester Offered: Year round                                   M610 or 3 credits of one of these advanced courses plus 3
Course Description: Original dissertation research in          credits of another advanced course offered by College of
anatomical sciences under supervision of a staff member.       Graduate Studies degree-granting programs.
Prerequisites: None. Textbook(s): None.
                                                               Total 90 credit hours (a minimum of 30 Didactic Graduate
Microbiology and Immunology                                    Course credit hours and a minimum of 30 Research
                                                               Graduate Course credit hours).
Program and Degree Requirements
CIP Code: 26.0501                                              Qualifying Examination (to be scheduled by the end of the
                                                               second year)
This program awards:
                                                               Dissertation Advisory Committee - The committee must
▪ PhD in Microbiology and Immunology                           meet at least twice per year during the dissertation research
▪ MS in Microbiology*                                          period, and committee must sign-off on student’s readiness
                                                               to write & defend dissertation.
*Not accepting students at this time.
                                                               Submission of First-Author (or Co-First-Author) Research
Major research areas in the Department of Microbiology         Paper - Students in Microbiology and Immunology are
and Immunology are in diseases caused by viruses, the host     required to submit at least one first-author or co-first-author
response to infection, and the development and function of     research paper for publication prior to the Dissertation
the immune system. A range of viruses are studied,             Defense.
including dengue virus, cytomegalovirus, varicella zoster
virus, and Zika virus. The focus of virology research is on    Successful Dissertation Defense
pathogenesis, gene regulation, molecular interactions
between the virus and host cell, and antiviral agents.         MS Requirements:
Immunology research focuses on autoimmune diseases and
the role of innate and adaptive immune responses in            Required Graduate Courses:
development, infectious disease and cancer. A major focus      First and Second Years:
of our immunology research is immunoreceptor signaling.        GS616 Foundations of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Research is conducted at the molecular, biochemical,           MPHP602-002 Principles of Biostatistics
genetic and population levels with goals of developing         GS892 Introduction to the Presentation and Analysis of
vaccines and therapeutics of infectious diseases and cancer.            Scientific Literature: Journal Club
                                                               GS637 Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
                                                               M627 Introduction to Virology
                                                               M628 Introduction to Immunology
                                                               M616 Current Concepts in Virology*

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