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Program Requirements

Required Major and Academic Standing

  • Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing sophomore or second-year RIT student
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Major in one of the 14 RIT-RISE eligible majors/degrees
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biotechnology & Molecular Bioscience
    • Chemistry
    • Computing and Information Technologies
    • Computer Science
    • Computing Security
    • Criminal Justice
    • Game Design & Development
    • Human-Centered Computing
    • New Media Interactive Development
    • Psychology
    • Web & Mobile Computing

Required Courses

Introduction to Biomedical, Biobehavioral, and Clinical Research

Taught by Dr. Robert Osgood

Course Description

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the biomedical sciences and their significance in the elucidation of knowledge that is the foundation of science, medicine, and other careers that rely upon this knowledge. Additionally, students will learn about and gain a deeper understanding of many of the career opportunities that exist and are possible within the biomedical sciences.  The course will also actively engage the students through self-reflection and expression, critical thinking, writing and engagement with invited speakers.  The interactive lectures presented during the class, punctuated by occasional invited speakers, aims to provide clear student insight into the many career options available within the biomedical sciences.

Course Topics

  1. Introduction to Biomedical Sciences
    1. Definition and significance of biomedical sciences
    2. Scientific Disciplines of BMS, BMS at RIT
  2. Laboratory Safety and Biosafety
    1. Institutional requirements
    2. OSHA requirements
    3. NIH and CDC guidelines
  3. Ethics in Science and Biomedical Sciences
    1. Laboratory citizenry
    2. Proper treatment of animals
    3. Institutional Review Board
  4. Human Health and Disease
  5. Anatomy and Physiology
  6. Biochemistry and Genetics
  7. Infectious Disease and Immunology
  8. Neuroscience and Endocrinology
  9. Behavioral Science and Toxicology
  10. Critical Lab Techniques of the Biomedical Sciences
    1. DNA Isolation, RNA Isolation, Cell culture, Maintenance and Storage Traditional PCR, Real-Time PCR, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, PAGE, Centrifugation, Proper use of micropipettes, Laboratory Math, Spectroscopy, Direct and Indirect ELISA, Western Blotting, Bright-Field, Fluorescence, Confocal and Scanning Electron Microscopy…
  11. Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  12. Bioinformatics and Synthetic Biology
  13. Clinical Careers Related to the Biomedical Sciences
  14. The Biomedical Sciences in Academia and Other Employment Sectors

Responsible Conduct of Research Summer Workshop

Taught by Dr. Beth Van Winkle

Course Description

The Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop is held every summer. It will include an introduction to terminology and research methods used in various disciplines and laboratory settings. Students will be exposed to unique laboratory environments by visiting labs on campus where research is conducted. This workshop will also cover real-life ethical situations related to collegial responsibility, data integrity, data sharing, scientific integrity, protecting research subjects, lab safety and working in diverse research groups.

Writing in Science

Taught by Dr. Pam Conley

Course Description

Writing in Science is currently under development. It will be a writing-intensive and general education course that is designed for students to improve their scientific writing and communication.