Genomic Medicine, B.S.

Develop a deep understanding of the role of the genomes of humans and pathogens in the development, prevention, and treatment of disease with the Bachelor of Science in Genomic Medicine. Scientific innovations and technologies allow us to collect genetic information at unprecedented size and scale. At the center of this advancement is the study of the genome. Information from thousands—and soon to be millions—of genomes is revealing the root causes of our genetic and infectious diseases. Due to the growing clinical emphasis on genomic medicine in medical colleges, students in the Genomic Medicine program will acquire a valuable basis for understanding and working with modern biological data. Graduates also gain a foundation in the life sciences that emphasizes the medical relevance of genomics, evolutionary biology, and informatics. This degree will prepare students for growing trends in research and medical careers focused on genomic medicine that use the power of changes in genes, proteins, and next generation technologies to make clinical diagnoses, treat patients, and understand diseases. Additionally, graduates are positioned for careers across multiple research areas, including disease, evolution, genomics, and informatics.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Robert Sanders, Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 255
215-204-8851

Dr. Erik Cordes, Vice Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 315A
215-204-8876

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Faculty Advisor
Juniors/Seniors, Research Questions
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311
215-204-8839
jbs@temple.edu

Dr. Angela Bricker, Faculty Advisor
First Year Students/Sophomore Year Students
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248C
215-204-8578
abricker@temple.edu

Dr. Sudhir Kumar, Program Director
Science Education and Research Center, Room 601A
215-204-1647
s.kumar@temple.edu

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: BIOL 2296 , BIOL 3096, and BIOL 3396.
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • First Year Seminar Requirement: All students in the College of Science & Technology (CST) are required to take a 1 credit first year seminar course, SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (78-83 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 Biology courses must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Organismal Biology4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    BIOL 2296Genetics (S)4
    BIOL 2512 (S)3
    BIOL 3101Evolution (F)3
    BIOL 3112Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine (S)3
    BIOL 3396Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating (S)3
    BIOL 3511 (F)3
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry II
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
    Organic Chemistry for Honors II
    and Organic Honors Laboratory II (S)
    Computer & Information Sciences
    Select one of the following:4
    Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python
    Computer Programming in C
    Program Design and Abstraction
    Honors Program Design and Abstraction
    Genomic Medicine Electives
    Select five of the following: 115-20
    Mammalian Anatomy (F)
    Cell Structure and Function (F)
    Genomics in Medicine (F)
    Genomics and Infectious Disease Dynamics (F)
    Human Genetics (F)
    Human Evolution
    Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Evolutionary Genetics (S)
    Behavioral Genetics (F)
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology of Parasites and Other Dependent Species (S)
    Parasitology
    Developmental Biology (F)
    Advanced Cell Biology (F)
    Biostatistics (F)
    General Microbiology (S)
    Molecular Biology (F)
    Research Techniques in Molecular Biology (S)
    Immunology (S)
    Virology (F)
    Developmental Genetics
    Mammalian Physiology (S)
    Organization and Development of the Nervous System (S)
    Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (S)
    Molecular Neuropharmacology
    Mammalian Development
    Endocrinology (F)
    Biology of Cancer (S)
    Cell Proliferation (S)
    Cell Signaling (S)
    Physical Biochemistry (S)
    Contemporary Biology
    Genomic Biology
    Epigenetics
    Research Techniques in Biochemistry (S)
    Biochemistry of Embryogenesis (F)
    Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Evo-Devo (S)
    Stem Cell Biology (F)
    General Biochemistry I (F)
    General Biochemistry II (F)
    Applications of Biochemistry
    Data Structures
    Database Management Systems
    Principles of Data Science (S)
    Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
    Probability Theory I
    Mathematical Statistics (S)
    Probability Theory II (F)
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
    Physics
    PHYS 2021General Physics I4
    or PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I
    PHYS 2022General Physics II4
    or PHYS 2922 Honors General Physics II
    Total Credit Hours78-83
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Science in Genomic Medicine

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
MATH 1041 or 1941Calculus I4
SCTC 1001CST First Year Seminar1
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python 
Computer Programming in C 
Program Design and Abstraction 
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Organismal Biology4
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II 
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences 
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F) 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 2512 (S)3
BIOL 2296Genetics [WI] (S)4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry II 
Organic Chemistry for Honors II (S) 
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3511 (F)3
BIOL 3101Evolution (F)3
PHYS 2021 or 2921General Physics I4
Genome Medicine Elective13-4
Elective3-2
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 3112Fundamentals of Genomic Evolutionary Medicine (S)3
BIOL 3396Scientific Writing for Biology: The Art of Communicating [WI] (S)3
PHYS 2022 or 2922General Physics II4
Genomic Medicine Elective13-4
Elective3-2
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Genomic Medicine Elective13-4
Genomic Medicine Elective13-4
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Genomic Medicine Elective13-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective7-6
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course