Biomedical Science Certificate

Biomedical Science is a broad and interdisciplinary field focused on understanding and improving human health. It incorporates diverse areas of specialized investigation that share this common goal, including anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and others. The Biomedical Science Certificate is offered to provide master's and Ph.D. students an integrated background in the biomedical sciences. To achieve this aim, the 14-credit program is designed with flexibility. Although the program is centered on the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, faculty from other colleges and institutions contribute to the program's success, and students are welcomed from many departments, centers, and colleges throughout the University.

Admission Requirements

Admission to and completion of this program is organized by the College of Medicine. For admission, the applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

1. Enrollment in an FAU master's or Ph.D. training program in any of the following: Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Integrative Biology, and Psychology.

Students must have approval of their graduate program to enroll, and must remain in good standing with their graduate program to continue in this certificate program.

2. Demonstrate competency in life science, mathematics, and other courses related to the certificate program such as by achieving at least a "B" in these courses.

3. Interview with the certificate director or graduate committee chair to discuss program goals and requirements and obtain permission to enroll.

Program Requirements

The certificate curriculum provides students opportunities to survey different areas of the biomedical sciences and to focus on areas of particular interest. Program requirements are designed to be tailored to the individual student with the student's previous course work and future goals in mind.

1. Students must achieve a minimum grade of "B" in four of the courses below for a total of 12 credits:

BSC 6834  -  Introduction to Radiation Biology
PCB 6804  -  Reproductive Endocrinology
PCB 6207  -  Advanced Cell Physiology
BMS 6102C  -  Integrated Morphology 1
BMS 6104C  -  Integrated Morphology 2
BMS 6601  -  Fundamentals of General Pathology
PCB 6933  -  Clinical Microbiology
MCB 6208  -  Host Defense and Inflammation
PCB 6239  -  Tumor Immunology
PCB 6238  -  Problem-Based Immunology
PCB 6235  -  Molecular Basis of Human Cancer
PCB 6523  -  Autonomic Function and Diseases
PCB 6735  -  Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology
BMS 6736  -  Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy
PSB 6515  -  Developmental Neurobiology
PCB 6848  -  Adult Neurogenesis
PCB 6705  -  Molecular Biol. of the Cardiovascular System and Cardiac Disease
PCB 6885  -  Physiology of the Heart
PCB 6525  -  RNA Biology and Diseases
GMS 6301  -  Macromolecules and Human Disease
GMS 6302  -  Molecular Basis of Disease and Therapy
PCB 6933  -  Protein Misfolding and Disease
GMS 6220  -  Molecular Genetics of the Cell
PCB 6933  -  Special Topics in Biomedical Science

2. Students must take PCB 6934, Graduate Seminars (1 credit), two times and achieve a grade of satisfactory each time.

3. Students must participate in the College of Medicine Research Day each year showcasing graduate student research in the College.

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For more information and to apply please contact:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
777 Glades Road, Rm. 206-A
Boca Raton, FL, 33431-0991


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