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Certificate in BioDefense

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences-Newark
Certificate in BioDefense

To obtain a Certificate in BioDefense, all students must successfully complete a total of 18 credits.  As part of those 18 credits, all students are required to take:

GSND N500A Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences A. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 3 cr Fall
This course is Part I of the evening fundamentals course that is given to Masters Students. This course covers basic biochemistry and molecular biology. The nature of the major macromolecules will be discussed and their role in the regulation of carbohydrate, lipid and amino acid metabolism will be illustrated. The synthesis of proteins and nucleic acids will be reviewed and the experimental techniques used in molecular biology will be considered. A review of the regulation of gene expression and intermediary metabolism will serve as an introduction to a more extensive consideration of the material to be discussed in the cell biology course in the following semester. Throughout the course an effort will be made to indicate the relevance of biochemistry to clinical medicine.

GSND N500B Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences B. Cellular Biology. 3 cr. Spring
This course is Part II of the evening fundamentals course that is given to Masters Students. In this course students are introduced to basic cellular structure and function. Topics include: an introduction to the techniques used for studying cell biology, biomembranes, cell compartments, exocytosis and endocytosis, the nucleus, cell cycle and apoptosis, cell signaling, cytoskeleton, extracellular matrix, angiogenesis, wound repair, cell surface specializations and junctions, and basic tissue biology of epithelia, connective tissue and nerve tissue. The lecture series provides an overview of important concepts in cell biology. Key experiments are described and some of the relevant topics of cell biology in the news are discussed.

MSBS N517Q Introduction to Select Agent Biology. 2 cr. Spring
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the various biological aspects of select agents and select agents research. The course topics include: select agents, bio-safety and regulations; host response to select agents; bacterial select agents and pathogenesis and virulence; viral select agents; toxins’ mechanisms of action. This course complements the other biodefense policy courses in the BioDefense Certificate Program.

MSBS N5010 Seminar in Homeland Security. 2 cr. Spring
This course provides students with an understanding of bioterrorism and homeland security issues through the discussion of current information related to bioterrorism and homeland security.

MSBS 5140 Biological Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. 3 cr. Fall
The goals of this course are to gain a knowledge of the history of agents of biological warfare, including political considerations, development, and use, and to relate this information to thepotential for tactical/terrorist deployment; to gain a knowledge of the biology of agents of biological warfare and terrorism, including microbiology, genetics, immunology, identification, diagnosis, and disease; to gain an appreciation for the overall effects of biological weapons use, including detection and epidemiology, emergency response and management, and psychological impact; to understanding the difficulties in control and non-proliferation, including difficulties in fashioning a verification protocol to the current Biological Weapons Convention.

Below are suggested elective course offerings to complete the certificate.

MICRN 5233Q Microbes and Infectious Disease, 3 cr., Spring

PATH 511AQ Immunology A. 2 cr. Fall

PATH 511BQ Immunology B. 1 cr. Spring

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Nancy Connell