Introductory Courses

Before you apply to the Minor in Biomedical Research, you must take one of the following introductory courses. These classes use different formats to expose you to concepts central to scientific research. Each class is designed to be accessible to beginning students as early as their first year of college.  Check the course catalog for more complete descriptions. The introductory courses are:


Biomedical Research 5HA – Biomedical Research: Concepts and Strategies. In this “research deconstruction” course, outstanding research faculty are invited to deliver a seminar on cutting edge research recently conducted in their laboratory. Each seminar is videotaped and used by the instructor as a platform for a series of classes that explore fundamental concepts and experimental approaches employed in the research.  Following the series of “deconstruction” classes, the speaker returns for an hour-long question and answer session with the students.

Biomedical Research 10H – Research Training in Genes, Genetics and Genomics.  This discovery-based research course gives students hands-on experience with laboratory research in Drosphila genetics. Students in BR 10H become members of the Undergraduate Research Consortium in Functional Genomics (URCFG) and perform original research of interest to the greater scientific community.  Sponsored by Dr. Utpal Banerjee’s HHMI Professors Award, BR 10H has published two papers in peer reviewed journals with 134 and 264 undergraduate authors, respectively.

Please Note: For the 2020-2021 academic year, BR 10H will be offered in Fall and Winter only. It will not be offered in Spring 2021.

Note – To enroll in BR 10H, you must first complete a brief application, located here

Honors Collegium 70A – Genetic Engineering in Medicine, Agriculture and Law. This course is designed to introduce non-life science majors to basic principles of molecular biology, their applications to areas such as genetic engineering, diagnostic screening and forensics, and the ethical and legal questions that arise from this work. Sponsored by Dr. Robert Goldberg’s HHMI Professors Award, HNRS 70A has been highly successful and consistently receives outstanding evaluations from its students.