2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences


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Director, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences: Dr. Griffith Parks
Burnett Building at Lake Nona (BBS) 101K
med.ucf.edu/biomed
407-823-5932

Associate Director of Undergraduate Affairs, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences: William Self
Health Sciences II (HS2) 335
407-823-5932
William.Self@ucf.edu

Associate Director of Graduate Affairs, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences: Saleh Naser
Biomedical Sciences Building (BMS) 136B
407-823-1312
Saleh.Naser@ucf.edu

Associate Director, Academic Support Services, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences: Greg Norris
Burnett Building at Lake Nona (BBS) 101N
407-266-7009
Greg.Norris@ucf.edu​

The Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine offers bachelors degrees in Biomedical Sciences (including tracks in Molecular Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Microbiology, and Neuroscience) and Biotechnology that prepare students for admission to health professional or graduate programs. The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences provides training for students to work in clinical or hospital laboratories. BSBS also offers M.S. programs in Biomedical Sciences, and Biotechnology. Also, it offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences. At this time, the Burnett School has over 3,000 undergraduate students and approximately 135 graduate students.

Program in Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dorilyn Hitchcock
Health Sciences II (HS2) 312
407-823-5932
Dorilyn.Hitchcock@ucf.edu

Graduate Coordinator (M.S. program): Saleh Naser
Biomedical Sciences Building (BMS) 136B
407-823-1312
Saleh.Naser@ucf.edu

Graduate Co-Coordinator (Ph.D. Program): Jihe Zhao
Burnett Building at Lake Nona (BBS) 316
407-823-1312
Jihe.Zhao@ucf.edu

The core curriculum in the baccalaureate program, with its broad and thorough background in the physical, computational, and life sciences, provides a solid foundation in concepts and applications of modern biology to contemporary and future problems. The restricted electives component of the baccalaureate program allows each student to enhance his/her academic preparation in areas of morphological, clinical, analytical or investigative applications. There are three tracks in the Biomedical Sciences B.S.: Molecular Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Neuroscience. Students are also encouraged to gain research experience and exposure to specialized topics not taught in formal courses through the directed research and independent study contracts with selected faculty. This thorough, but flexible, program provides an excellent preparation for industry, graduate education, and for the four-year health science professions (medicine, veterinary, pharmacy, podiatry, physician assistant, physical therapy, optometry, chiropractic and dentistry).

Program in Biotechnology

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dorilyn Hitchcock
Health Sciences II (HS2) 312
407-823-5932
Dorilyn.Hitchcock@ucf.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Saleh Naser
Biomedical Sciences Building (BMS) 136B
407-823-1312
Saleh.Naser@ucf.edu

To meet the demand for highly trained scientists in the biotechnology workforce, the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology. This degree program prepares students to function in the industrial biotechnology/biomedical environment, providing them with more “hands on” laboratory experiences and opportunities for research. These students will be provided an industrial perspective and an understanding of product development as they are trained in the molecular techniques required for such development.

Program in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Director: Dorilyn Hitchcock
Health Sciences II (HS2) 312
407-823-5932
Dorilyn.Hitchcock@ucf.edu

Medical laboratory scientists are involved in medical diagnosis, patient treatment, health screening, laboratory management, research, and laboratory education. They use highly sophisticated analytical equipment for the examination of blood and body fluids.

The curriculum is designed to give students a thorough background in the physical and biological sciences; to develop the necessary laboratory skills and essential skills to assume leadership roles in management and education. It also prepares students in the development of a high level of proficiency in correlating clinical data.

The last two years of sequential courses constitute the upper division professional phase of the program. The Medical Laboratory Sciences class size to be selected is determined by the availability of space and equipment, as well as available spaces in the clinical facilities.

The Medical Laboratory Sciences is a limited access program that requires a separate application to the program. Preference will be given to those who apply by March 1st, but applications will be accepted until the class is filled.

The Medical Laboratory Sciences program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119) and is approved as a training program by the State of Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.

College of Medicine Undergraduate Student Advising (COMUSA)

Director: Amanda Colee
Health Sciences II (HS2) 335
407-823-5932
BSBSAdvising@ucf.edu

Academic Advisor: Cynthia Contreras
Health Sciences II (HS2) 335
407-823-5932

Academic Advisor: Allison Molina
Health Sciences II (HS2) 335
407-823-5932

The Office of Student Services and Advisement (COMUSA) is the primary location for undergraduate academic advisement in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. OSSA assists Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, and Medical Laboratory Sciences students with orientation, registration, university policies and procedures, major requirements, course substitutions, and graduation certification. Students interested in pursuing the Medical Laboratory Sciences limited access program, should meet with an advisor or the Program Director for more information.

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