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Biomedical Art Courses

Digital Color: Style + Representation in Science

Course No. BMA 264  Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Schumick

This open elective to all students, interested in techniques and concepts in traditional and digital color media. The course will focus on principles of color theory, light on form, line, texture, aesthetic impact, and accuracy of content in the illustration of scientific information and editorial content. Through research, planning, and the application of medical and scientific knowledge, the students use color to effectively communicate conceptual and observational problems. Assignments focus on the creative use of color to express specific communication objectives to a range of audiences for both majors in Biomedical Art and other majors of study. This course supplements the integration of traditional and digital illustration techniques for non majors, focused on editorial, and narrative based course work.

Educational Media Installation

Course No. BMA 306B-406B  Credits: 3.0

This Educational Media Installation class serves as an introduction to and the exploration of media installation and exhibition design techniques; including how physical media, and virtual interactive and linear media can be applied to educational and informational settings including Museums, Cultural Institutions and Public Education access points. Lectures will cover concepts and presentations of the history of educational display, museum arts, and how traditional media intersects with contemporary digital media, to inform and educate specific audiences at public institutions of culture/knowledge. Course work will be hands-on practice of techniques and concepts presented in lecture, discussion of readings, and critique of student projects. This class will involve both ideation and proposal development, as well as producing 1-2 educational media installations in collaboration with the curators and staff at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The course will also incorporate field trips and guest lecturers to supplement the knowledge and practiced gained from studio practice. Projects will involve working with diverse materials, media, and electronic media.


Course No. BMA 391  Credits: 3.0

A detailed description of development will be presented, focusing mainly on the developing human. Discussions and presentations will also include several developing systems that have served as useful models in experimental embryology for deciphering mechanisms responsible for producing adult metazoan organisms. Cross-registration required.


Course No. BMA 225  Credits: 3.0

Multidisciplinary study of the course and processes of organic evolution provides a broad understanding of the evolution of structural and functional diversity, the relationships among organisms and their environments, and the phylogenetic relationships among major groups of organisms. Topics include the genetic basis of micro- and macro-evolutionary change, the concept of adaptation, natural selection, population dynamics, theories of species formation, principles of phylogenetic inference, biogeography, evolutionary rates, evolutionary convergence, homology, Darwinian medicine, and conceptual and philosophic issues in evolutionary theory. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Fundamental Immunology

Course No. BMA 316  Credits: 3.0

Introductory immunology providing an overview of the immune system, including activation, effector mechanisms, and regulation. Topics include antigen-antibody reactions, immunologically important cell surface receptors, cell-cell interactions, cell-mediated immunity and basic molecular biology of B and T lymphocytes. Lectures emphasize experimental findings leading to the concepts of modern immunology. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

Genes + Evolution

Course No. BMA 214  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Principles of Chemistry

First in a series of three courses required of the biology major. Topics include: Biological molecules with a focus on DNA and RNA; Basics of cell structure with a focus on the nucleus and chromosomes; Cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis; Molecular genetics, viruses, and gene technology; Classical and microbial genetics; Population genetics and evolution; Diversity resulting from evolution. Cross-registration at CWRU required. Prerequisite: BMA105 (CWRU CHEM105).

Genes + Evolution Lab

Course No. BMA 214L  Credits: 0.0

Lab required for BMA214 Genes + Evolution. Cross-registration at CWRU required.


Course No. BMA 305  Credits: 3.0

Reptiles (crocodilians, turtles, lizards, snakes) and amphibians (frogs, salamanders) have developed unique mechanisms for dealing with their environment. Yet their structure, function, and behavior are governed by their ancestry and by certain principles which apply to all living organisms. This course will cover many aspects of amphibian and reptile biology, including anatomy, evolution, geographical distribution, physiological adaptations to their environment, reproductive strategies, moisture-, temperature-, and food-relations, sensory mechanisms, predator-prey relationships, communication (vocal, chemical, behavioral), population biology, chemistry and physiological actions of venoms, and pathophysiology and treatment of snakebite. Laboratory Sessions will be devoted to learning species identification by means of dichotomous keys, discussion of the natural history of OhioÕs amphibians and reptiles, survey techniques for determining population size and structure, and observations of the behavior of live reptiles and amphibians. Several daytime (Saturday or Sunday) field trips are held as the weather warms, one nighttime field trip is held in late March to observe salamander migrations, and there is a one-day field trip to either the Columbus Zoo or the Toledo Zoo Reptile House. Cross-registration at CWRU required.

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Thomas Nowacki

Thomas Nowacki

Associate Professor/Chair of Biomedical Art

Thomas is the Chair of and Associate Professor in the Biomedical Art Department at CIA as well as Adjunct Prof...more

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