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Biomedical Science Program

Biomedical science

Biomedical Science

The biomedical science program will allow for our students to be prepared for various future goals in the health field. As a Biomedical Science graduate, students will find careers in medical technology, research science or medical sales, as well as technical careers in hospital laboratories, universities and research institutes.

Department Chair: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D

Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Edward Draper, Ph.D.; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS; Michael Kiederling, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The Biomedical Sciences Program is designed for students, who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, graduate studies in Life Sciences (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc.) or in Health Science (i.e. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.). Furthermore, Biomedical Science Program should prepare students for industrial jobs, such as analytic chemist, food and drug analyst, pharmaceutical lab scientist, etc. Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, service to the community, research, and scholarship, and work closely with students. We value and encourage supportive relationships with our community partners, and we instill an attitude of lifelong learning for excellence in our students and for improved quality of life for those we serve.


Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 512
(219) 473-4275
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.

Carrie Hutton

Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.

Br. Benjamin Basile

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.

Doctor Draper

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.

Tracy Stone

Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.

Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling

Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.

Program Objectives

  1. Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
    • Students will demonstrate substantial and up-to-date core knowledge of broad areas in basic biomedical, translational, or clinical research.
    • Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate their own scientific work and the work of others.
  2. Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
    • Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in biomedical research.
    • Students can design, carry out, and interpret research projects that generate new knowledge that advances the biomedical sciences and human health.
  3. Specific Expertise:
    • Students can articulate the significance of their own work to their chosen research area in both historical and forward-looking contexts.
    • Students will demonstrate mastery of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in their selected research area.
  4. Communication:
    • Students will demonstrate the oral, written and media communication skills required to be effective communicants, teachers and mentors of peers, future scientists and scientifically literate citizens.
  5. Ethics and Advocacy:
    • Students will apply highest standards of ethics to their research (data management, research subjects, stewardship of research funds)
    • Students will improve their confidence and interactions with colleagues and the public.
    • Students will be able to advocate for the role of science in medicine and society.
  6. Career Preparation:
    • Students can articulate an appropriate set of desired potential career paths, and are aware of the preparation and initiative required to pursue these paths

Career Options

Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:

  • a research scientist for petroleum based companies.
  • a research scientist for pharmaceutical and Biotech company.
  • a forensic scientist.
  • a research scientist for a cosmetic company.
  • a pharmaceutical sales representative.
  • a medical science liaison.
  • a scientific editor/journalist.

In addition, Biomedical Science prepares students for graduate school, medical school, physical therapy school, occupational therapy school, nursing school, pharmacy school, veterinary medical school, and dental school.

Program Director

Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Department Laboratory Equipment

We have well equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top of the line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Infrared Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Autoclaves
  • Inverted Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • 96 Well Plate Reader
  • Analytical Balances
  • Visible Spectrometers
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits

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Program Requirements

B.S. in Biomedical Science (128 credit hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  • 45 credit hours in General Education
    Students in the Biomedical Science Program must choose the following General Education options:

    • MATH 171, Principles of Statistics as the required Math choice
    • MATH 104, College Algebra
    • BIOL 115, Cell and Evolution, as the required Science choice
    • CHEM 200, General and Analytical Chemistry
    • PHIL 200, Great Philosophical Ideas, as the required Humanities choice
    • PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology, and
    • SOCL 210, General Sociology, as the required Social Science choices

  • 48 credit hours in Mid-Level Requirements
    BIOL 205 Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem (3 credits)
    BIOL 205L Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem Lab (1 credit)
    BIOL 215 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
    BIOL 300 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 300L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
    BIOL 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 305L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 143 Nutrition Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 143L Nutrition Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 205 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 205L General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    MATH 230 Calculus I (4 credits)
    MATH 231 Calculus II (4 credits)
    PHYS 300 Physics I Lecture (3 credits)
    PHYS 300L Physics I Lab (1 credit)
    PHYS 305 Physics II Lecture (3 credits)
    PHYS 305L Physics II Lab (1 credit)
    BIOL 372 Biomedical Health Research Literacy I (3 credits)
    BIOL 373 Biomedical Health Research Literacy II (3 credits)

  • 35 credit hours in Upper Level Requirements:
    BIOL 230 Microbiology Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 230L Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
    BIOL 315 Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lecture (3 credits)
    BIOL 315L Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lab (1 credit)
    BIOL 360 Principles of Immunology (3 credits)
    CHEM 320 Biochemistry Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 320L Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 445 Physical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 445L Physical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 446L Physical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 430 Instrumental Analysis Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 430L Instrumental Analysis Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
    CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)


To see the list of courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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