FAU's ninth college — the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science — is a reality. The Board of Trustees approved the new college in August. It will house the existing biomedical science faculty in two departments, the Department of Basic Biomedical Science and the Department of Clinical Science, which will support the medical education program of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at FAU.
"As FAU further strengthens its biomedical research focus and fully develops the new four-year UMMSM regional campus, the development of the new College provides us with the infrastructure needed to become a major academic health science center," said Michael Friedland, vice president of medical programs and new dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science.
The new structure includes certain academic units and infrastructure originally housed in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science to better manage the medical education program and provide greater emphasis on the field of biomedical science. Also, the new college's faculty and staff will develop a Continuing Medical Education program for community-based physicians in association with the UMMSM.
"The many fields of science continue to expand each and every day," said Gary Perry, dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. "This move allows the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science to increase its focus on both instruction and research in traditional science and mathematics."
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science will:
- Continue to offer the degree programs available through the Biomedical Science Department, including the master's degree in biomedical science. In addition, the biomedical science faculty will continue to participate in the integrative biology Ph.D. program already in existence. No new graduate or undergraduate degrees will be offered by the College of Biomedical Science; specifically there will be no M.D. degree (as that is offered by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine) or new Ph.D. programs offered.
- House the Department of Clinical Science, which will serve as a home for the M.D. faculty and some Ph.D. faculty and the Department of Basic Science, which will also serve as a home for M.D. and Ph.D. faculty who, in addition to teaching, will conduct research. It is important to note that biomedical science faculty members will retain their current secondary appointments in departments in the College of Science (e.g., chemistry, biology) and will remain affiliated with the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and the integrative biology Ph.D. program, as appropriate.
- Be housed in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center building on the Boca Raton campus.
- Be headed by Dr. Michael Friedland, who has been named dean. Dr. Gary Perry remains the dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will house the departments of biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental sciences, geography, mathematical sciences, physics and psychology as well as the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will focus its efforts on traditional science and mathematics initiatives in instruction and research.