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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.

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

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.
CBR Prerequisite Courses
BIOL 2601
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
BIOL 2602
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 3730Human Physiology4
BIOL 3730LHuman Physiology Laboratory1
CBR Required Courses
BIOL 3705
Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy
and Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory
BIOL 4896Introduction to Biomedical Research2
Select 4834/4834L or 4835/4835L
BIOL 4834Advanced Physiology: Integrative Mechanisms3
BIOL 4834LAdvanced Physiology: Integrative Mechanisms Laboratory1
BIOL 4835Advanced Physiology: Regulatory Mechanisms3
BIOL 4835LAdvanced Physiology: Regulatory Mechanisms Laboratory1
BIOL 4839Selected Topics in Physiology1
BIOL 4897 must be taken twice 3+3 s.h.
BIOL 4897Internship in Biomedical Research 13
Select 9-12 s.h. of CBR Elective Courses from the following:
BIOL 3703Clinical Immunology3
BIOL 3725Mammalogy3
BIOL 4822Principles of Pharmacology3
BIOL 4823Cancer Biology2
BIOL 4829Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 4830
Functional Neuroanatomy
and Functional Neuroanatomy Laboratory
Select 4834/4834L or 4835/4835L
BIOL 4834Advanced Physiology: Integrative Mechanisms 23
BIOL 4834LAdvanced Physiology: Integrative Mechanisms Laboratory 21
BIOL 4835Advanced Physiology: Regulatory Mechanisms 23
BIOL 4835LAdvanced Physiology: Regulatory Mechanisms Laboratory 21
BIOL 5813
Vertebrate Histology
and Vertebrate Histology Laboratory
BIOL 5824
Behavioral Neuroscience
and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory
BIOL 5832Principles of Neurobiology4
BIOL 5868
Gross Anatomy 1
and Gross Anatomy 1 Laboratory
BIOL 5869
Gross Anatomy 2
and Gross Anatomy 2 Laboratory

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


 Students are required to take either BIOL 4834/BIOL 4834L or BIOL 4835/BIOL 4835L in fulfillment of the CBR program; however, students who take both courses will be given elective credit for the second course.