The certificate in Biomedical Research is designed to better prepare undergraduate students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in biomedical research (e.g., MS and PhD programs) as well as professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, or physical therapy. The certificate will ensure that students not only focus their education toward disciplines related to biomedicine, but also gain comprehensive clinical research experience. This program will bring together Youngstown State University undergraduates with Mercy Health resident physicians to work on a collaborative, clinical research project.

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in the prerequisite courses 
  • Submission of the CBR application and two CBR recommendation forms
  • Interview with the CBR Program Coordinator

Program Requirements:

  • Must complete 26-29 semester hours, including all required courses and 9-12 hours of electives.
  • Must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the required and elective courses.
COURSETITLES.H.
CBR Prerequisite Courses
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
4
BIOL 2602
2602L
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3730Human Physiology4
BIOL 3730LHuman Physiology Laboratory1
CBR Required Courses
BIOL 3705
3705L
Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy
and Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory
4
BIOL 4896Introduction to Biomedical Research2
BIOL 5853Biometry 24 or 3
or STAT 3717 Statistical Methods
BIOL 4839Selected Topics in Physiology1
BIOL 4897 (must be taken twice 3+3 s.h.) 16
Select 9-12 s.h. of CBR Elective Courses from the following:
BIOL 3703Clinical Immunology3
BIOL 3725Mammalogy3
BIOL 4809The Human Microbiome3
BIOL 4822Principles of Pharmacology3
BIOL 4823Cancer Biology2
BIOL 4829Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 4830
4830L
Functional Neuroanatomy
and Functional Neuroanatomy Laboratory
4
BIOL 4834Advanced Physiology: Integrative Mechanisms3
BIOL 4834LAdvanced Physiology: Integrative Mechanisms Laboratory1
BIOL 4835Advanced Physiology: Regulatory Mechanisms3
BIOL 4835LAdvanced Physiology: Regulatory Mechanisms Laboratory1
BIOL 5813
5813L
Vertebrate Histology
and Vertebrate Histology Laboratory
4
BIOL 5824
5824L
Behavioral Neuroscience
and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory
4
BIOL 5832Principles of Neurobiology4
BIOL 5853Biometry 23
BIOL 5868
5868L
Gross Anatomy 1
and Gross Anatomy 1 Laboratory
4
BIOL 5869
5869L
Gross Anatomy 2
and Gross Anatomy 2 Laboratory
4
1

Students must enroll for BIOL 4897 Internship in Biomedical Research for two consecutive semesters.

2

Students may take BIOL 5853 and STAT 3717. In this case, BIOL 5853 will serve as an elective course in fulfillment of the CBR. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate both a theoretical and practical application of natural sciences to clinical medicine
  • Demonstrate mastery of the scientific method and technical skills specific to conducting biomedical research investigations
  • Demonstrate mastery of locating, critically evaluating and utilizing biomedical primary literature
  • Demonstrate mastery of oral and written scientific communication