Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine
The mission of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine is to build nationally recognized biomedical education and research enterprise.
The major discoveries of the second half of the twentieth century are sure to revolutionize the practices in medicine, agriculture and industry in general in the first half of the twenty-first century. This truly may become the "Century of Biology." To fully participate in these unprecedented advances, UCF's School of Biomedical Sciences will hire 34 new faculty members over the next five years.
Construction of a new 103,000-square-foot Burnett Biomedical Science building is expected to start shortly to provide a contiguous space for the biomedical sciences researchers to optimize synergistic interactions and the use of shared core equipment and facilities.
In addition, the school is forming active partnerships with other units such as the College of Optics and Photonics and the Nanoscience Technology Center to build interdisciplinary research and education programs in the innovative applications of photonics and nanoscience to biomedical problems. Faculty members in the school are engaged in research at the cutting edge to find solutions to major biomedical problems.
The school recently updated its undergraduate curriculum to better prepare students for health professions and graduate studies in biomedical sciences. The school also provides pre-health advisement for UCF students to prepare them for entry into health professional schools.
The school has revised the MS program in Molecular Biology and Microbiology. The Medical Laboratory Science Program prepares tomorrow's medical laboratory technologists. The school has initiated an accelerated BS/MS program in biotechnology to help provide a skilled workforce for the emerging biotechnology industry. The interdisciplinary PhD program in Biomedical Sciences prepares tomorrow's biomedical scientists.
The school is committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and to building innovative interdisciplinary research programs to discover solutions for important biomedical problems and to provide a highly creative environment to foster its educational programs.
- Richard Peppler, Interim Director