OSU Clinical Trials Sciences Certificate

The biopharmaceutical and healthcare research industries are growing at a rapid pace, yet there is a critical shortage of clinical research professionals to manage the human subjects research activities required to move new therapies through development and to patients.

The Clinical Trials Sciences certificate prepares students who have an interest in human subjects’ research regulations, study conduct, management, data coordinating and leadership with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in clinical research.

Jobs in clinical trials study management include: clinical research assistant, clinical research coordinators, data managers, regulatory affairs officers and more.

The Clinical Trials Sciences certificate program consists of four courses with a total of 13 undergraduate credit hours, offered completely online and is designed to be able to be completed in as little as three semesters. At the completion of the program, you’ll earn an academic certificate from The Ohio State University.

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be prepared to:

  • Systematically apply understanding of regulations, bioethics, design and launch of clinical trials of investigational products.
  • Apply data and project management to support quality improvement and monitor clinical trials activities.

This certificate is available to Ohio State students seeking a bachelor’s degree in health-related sciences (including Chemistry and Biochemistry).

This program admits students every semester. There is an application deadline for each semester.

Course Spotlight: Chem 5440 – Computational Chemistry

Offered in Autumn 2023.
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 1:50pm – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Chemistry 5440 is an introduction to computational chemistry, a broad set of techniques designed to accurately model small molecules, their chemical and physical properties and interactions with other molecules. Students will examine the theory behind these techniques, such as:

  • Molecular Mechanics
  • Hartree-Fock
  • Density Functional
  • Advanced correlation theories

The course focuses on the practical application of these theories. Students will solve common problems in chemistry, so minimal math is required.

CHEM 5440 is very hands on and students will gain extensive experience using modern computational software such as Spartan and Gaussian.

Prerequisites: CHEM 2520, 2620, or 2920H (Organic Chemistry II)

DOE & ACS Nuclear Chemistry UG Summer Schools 2023

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and Division of Nuclear & Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are sponsoring two intensive six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear & Radiochemistry for undergraduates. Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy.

The students receive an all-expense paid opportunity to complete a 6-week summer course (June 12, 2023 – July 21, 2023) in Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry in either California at San Jose State University or New York at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Students also earn hours (tuition paid) of undergraduate chemistry credit through either San Jose State University or Stony Brook University (The State University of New York). Selected students also receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 6-week program.

Candidates should be undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science who are presently in their sophomore or junior year of study at a US college or university. They should have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of calculus.

Applications are due by February 15, 2023.

Course Spotlight: Chemistry 2990 – Introduction to Chemical Research

Offered in Spring 2023.
Monday 3:00pm-3:55pm
Dr. Nicole Karn
1 credit hour

Chem 2990: Introduction to Chemical Research is a seminar course focusing on the development of professional skills, conducting literature searches, writing research papers, and exploring careers and research options.

  • Improve research skills
  • Hone writing skills
  • Meet chemistry faculty

Prereq: CHEM 1220, 1620, or 1920H, and English 1110

Course Spotlight: PHYSIO 3202 – Human Physiology Laboratory

Offered in Autumn 2022.
Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Mark Ziolo

Interested in learning the ins and outs of human organ system functions?

In PHYSIO 3230, Human Physiology Laboratory, students will learn the principles of human organ system function through hands on human laboratory experiments such as measuring changes in blood pressure, respiration, EEG, etc. Further understanding of these organ system functions will be gained through discussion of related disease case-studies.

By the end of this course students can expect to:

  • Gain knowledge on the workings of the major human organ systems.
  • Understand how organ system function responds to stress.
  • Understand how organ system function responds to, and is altered by, disease.

Coursework includes a weekly three hour in-person lab, with online pre-lab and post-lab work.

Questions regarding this course can be directed to the course director Dr. Mark Ziolo at mark.ziolo@osumc.edu.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5430 – Carbohydrate Chemistry

Offered in Spring 2022.
Tues & Thurs 9:35am – 10:55am
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Callam
Prereqs: CHEM 2520 or 2620 or 2920

The main course objective is for everyone to gain a better understanding of glycolscience. Students will develop a working knowledge of the synthesis, conformation, and biological importance of carbohydrates and oligosaccharides. This course is designed to help develop scientific problem solving skills and application of organic and biochemistry to new situations.

Course Topics:

  • Weeks 1-3: Structure and Conformation
  • Weeks 3-6: De-gradative Reactions in Acid and Base, Protecting Group Strategies and Functional Group Inter-conversions
  • Weeks 6-8: Reactions at the Anomeric Center and Pseudosugars
  • Weeks 8-10: Chemical Glycoside Synthesis
  • Week 11: Spectroscopy of Carbohydrates
  • Weeks 12-14: Biosynthesis of Carbohydrates and Enzymatic Synthesis Methods, Biochemical implications

Evaluation and Grading: 2 midterm exams, take-home quizzes, literature review, and a synthesis project.

Course Spotlight: Chem 5240 – Introduction to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2022.
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 1:50pm – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Pre/Co-requisites: CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

Course Spotlight: Chemistry 2990 – Introduction to Chemical Research

Offered in Spring 2022.
Monday 3:00pm-3:55pm
Dr. Nicole Karn
1 credit hour

Chem 2990: Introduction to Chemical Research is a seminar course focusing on the development of professional skills, conducting literature searches, writing research papers, and exploring careers and research options.

  • Improve research skills
  • Hone writing skills
  • Meet chemistry faculty

Course Spotlight: CHEM 6550 – Atmospheric Chemistry

Offered in Autumn 2021.
Tues/Thurs 12:45 – 2:05pm
Professor Heather Allen

Course objective: Chemistry, composition, and reaction kinetics relating to the Earth’s atmosphere with focus on tropospheric and stratospheric chemistry with regional and global comparisons is presented. Gas and aerosol phase chemistry will be discussed as well as the interactions of atmospheric constituents with the biosphere, past and present. Perspectives on air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and anthropogenic influences will be discussed.

The course syllabus outlines specific topics that will be covered. Some topics that may be of particular interest are COVID-19 transmission and climate change.

Although this is a graduate-level course, Professor Allen would like to see a few undergraduate students join. Undergraduate students should have completed Gen Chem and Organic Chemistry, or be in their 3rd or 4th year. Interested students should contact ASC-chemadvisors@osu.edu for the special permission form needed for a 6000-level course.

Course Spotlight: ARTSSCI 5194 – Personal Wellness and Mental Health

Developed in conversation with the College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellness, ARTSSCI 5194: Personal Wellness and Mental Health is a one-credit, distance learning course being offered in Autumn 2021 for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Personal wellness and mental health are important determinants of success. Taught by Professors Jennifer Cheavens and Daniel Strunk from the Department of Psychology, the course will introduce students to a variety of evidence-based strategies for managing stress, warding off and combatting anxiety & depression, and promoting personal wellness. The course aims to provide students a psychological toolkit that they can rely on in facing a wide variety of challenges as they progress through their university experience and into the years that follow.

The skills covered in this class can be helpful to folks across the full spectrum of wellness and mental health. In other words, it isn’t necessary for someone to perceive themselves as being in need of help to benefit from or participate in the class.