Biomedical Sciences (4 years, Bachelor of Science)

Description

The Biomedical Sciences Program is designed to provide students with a solid scientific foundation in biology in relation to human health and disease. Emphasis will be given in the mechanisms governing normal human homeostasis as well as pathobiology of human diseases and all aspects involved (i.e. cellular, molecular, genetic, developmental, anatomical, physiological, and pharmacological). Upon completion of their studies, it is expected that graduates will have been transformed to scientists with good laboratory and writing skills and high ethical standards, ready to offer their services worldwide or continue their studies in relevant sectors such Medicine and Biomedical Research.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Biomedical Sciences program can be employed in many fields including but not limited to education, research, pharmaceutical sales, and diagnostics in both the private and public sector. Students will also be able to use this degree to pursue postgraduate studies in health professions in order to become medical doctors, or follow an academic or research career.

Since health care career opportunities are expected to grow over the next decade, a degree in biomedical science can be a good investment for the future. 

Program Outline



All students pursuing this degree must complete the following requirements:


Degree Requirements ECTS
YEAR 1 60
YEAR 2 60
YEAR 3 60
YEAR 4 60
Total Requirements 240


YEAR 1 60 ECTS
SEMESTER 1 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS111 Introduction to Human Biology 6
BMS112 Calculus I 5
CHE113 General and Inorganic Chemistry 9
ENH090 English for Health Sciences III 5
EUC110 Academic skills 5
SEMESTER 2 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS121 Organic Chemistry 6
BMS122 Anatomy I 6
BMS123 Physiology I 6
BMS124 Cell Biology 7
BMS125 Physics for biomedical sciences 5


YEAR 2 60 ECTS
SEMESTER 3 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS211 Anatomy II 6
BMS212 Physiology II 6
BMS213 Molecular Biology 6
BMS214 Biochemistry I 7
BMS215 Applied Biostatistics 5
SEMESTER 4 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS221 Biochemistry II 8
BMS222 Basic Epidemiology 6
BMS223 Histology I 8
BMS224 Medical Genetics 8


YEAR 3 60 ECTS
SEMESTER 5 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BIO307 Biotechnology 5
BMS311 Developmental Biology and Embryology 5
BMS312 Bioinformatics 5
BMS313 Nutrition and metabolism 5
BMS314 Reproductive biology 5
RES303 Research Methodology in Health Sciences 5
SEMESTER 6 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS321 Microbiology 7
BMS322 Clinical Immunology and Hematology 7
BMS323 Bioethics and Scientific Integrity 5
BMS324 Regenerative Medicine 6
N/A Elective Course* 5


YEAR 4 60 ECTS
SEMESTER 7 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS411 Final year project I 8
BMS412 Systems Biomedicine 6
BMS413 Cancer Biology 6
BMS414 Molecular Pharmacology 5
N/A Elective Course* 5
SEMESTER 8 30
Code Course Title ECTS
BMS421 Final year project II 12
BMS422 Clinical Chemistry 7
BMS423 Drugs and disease 5
BMS424 Pathobiology 6



* Electives are selected from the list below:

Course Code Course Title ECTS
BIO308 Teaching Biology 5
BMS325 Health Care Management and Public Health 5
BMS326 Cellular Neuroscience 5
BMS327 Toxicology and Forensics 5
BMS415 Medical Psychology 5
BMS416 Personalized Medicine 5

Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives
  • Provision of education leading to an academic degree, namely a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Development of the student’s capacity to think, write and speak effectively and creatively.
  • Development of student’s capacity to plan, analyze and design Biomedical Sciences projects.
  • Development of student’s analytical, design and decision-making competences to perform Biomedical Sciences Studies and Research.
  • Building breadth of perspective through the general education requirements and provide sufficient specialization to meet basic professional and career requirements.
  • Provision of the necessary requirements for academic and/or career advancement.
Specific Objectives
  • The main objective of the program is the provision of a strong foundation in Biology in relation to human health and disease. Emphasis will be given in the mechanisms governing normal human homeostasis as well as pathobiology of human diseases.

          Other objectives include:

  • Understanding of fundamental theoretical concepts of cell and molecular biology, genetics, physiology and anatomy, pathobiology and other biomedical sciences disciplines, as well as the importance of their application for human health and the improvement of life quality.
  • Preparation of students for a lifetime career in Biomedical Sciences by establishing a foundation for life-long learning and development.
  • Provision of all the necessary laboratory skills to perform experiments in biomedical sciences research.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments for problem solving and to interpret obtained experimental data.
  • Understanding of current scientific literature and recent scientific advances.
  • Provision of communication knowledge and skills both written and oral to document work in reports and present results in events such as international scientific conferences.
  • Preparation of students for careers in the private sector, government and various research and educational institutions by providing them with all the necessary skills to be competitive for employment in the biomedical sciences field. 
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the students should be able to:

  • Compare prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and be able to recall differences and similarities in terms of morphology and cellular organelles
  • Explain the way by which DNA is organized in the cell, the basic principles of DNA replication, transcription and translation, as well as the mechanisms of cellular division, and the principles on which basic molecular biology techniques are based.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the process of fertilization and define key structural and molecular events involved in each stage of human development.
  • Define the basic anatomical points for each organ of the human body and their relative function and interconnection.
  • Identify the clinical presentation and etiology of genetic disorders including: single gene disorders, disorders of chromosome abnormalities, inborn errors of metabolism, multifactorial genetic disorders and cancer genetics and assess the importance, usefulness and limitations of genetic tests.
  • Define the main hallmarks of cancer and outline major therapeutic approaches against cancer and list the  steps  that  lead  to  metastasis
  • Describe characteristics of acute and chronic inflammation and the procedures for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
  • Document how a potential malfunction of an organ or organ system of the human body affects the functioning of this system and that of other systems in the human body.
  • Recall the molecular mechanism of action for the most important drugs as well as basic toxicological principles
  • Recognize the important relationship between theory and practice through their exposure to the laboratory part of the course. Also, demonstrate ability to conduct in-depth research, both individually as well as in teams, in a specific Biomedical Sciences area.
  • Illustrate oral and writing skills in topics related to biomedical sciences and develop critical thinking and the capability of problem solving.
  • Recognize bioethical issues and employ scientific integrity as a life attitude in their professional scientific and/or research career.

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