This coming fall there will be a few modest changes to the BIMS program. Part of our ongoing assessment is focused on how our students are doing; the remainder is focused on how our courses and program structure can be improved. Based on feedback received, we are making these changes:
1. We are changing BIOL 4320 Molecular Cell Biology to be BIMS 4320 Molecular Cell Biology. It made no sense to us to have a course listed under BIOL when Biology majors are not required to take the course and it cannot count for credit toward their major, when that same course is a required BIMS program course.
2. We are modifying the way advanced electives are to be categorized through the addition of two new course numbers: BIMS 4X91 Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Public Health, and BIMS 4X92 Advanced Topics in Genetics and Molecular Biology. Since program inception last year, we have allowed a wide variety of courses to satisfy the 9 hrs of upper level BIMS program electives – courses from Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology, Pathophysiology from the nursing program, and Kinesiology. We believe more focus is needed to help strengthen the core of BIMS-centric courses, and so these two new course designations will be our first step in doing this.
3. We are dropping BIOL 4310 Immunology. This course will still be offered annually, but will now be a course under BIMS 4391 Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Public Health: Immunology (probably to be referred to as Advanced Topics: Immunology). Dr. D’s Cancer Biology will be offered as a 4392 Advanced Topics: Cancer Biology. So, though it would seem we are losing a very important course (Immunology), the fact is it still will be offered but under a new number.
4. We are re-designating the 3-hour requirement for Immunology as a 3-hour requirement for any BIMS 4X91 OR BIMS 4X92 offering, opening the program to be tailored more toward the interests and needs of our students.
With these simple changes, we believe we have made a small but important step in improving our program.