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BS in Biomedical Sciences


The BS in biomedical sciences program provides a solid foundation in the basic and biomedical sciences, which allows you to pursue many different avenues of opportunity depending on your goals and interests.

In addition to courses in science and mathematics, students are required to take a selection of University Curriculum courses. The entire curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong program in basic and biomedical sciences, as well as a well-rounded educational experience through the University Curriculum.

Students completing this degree may qualify for employment in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; the medical diagnostics industry; university-based biomedical research; biological and/or biomedical sciences; or city, state and federal health/research laboratories.

Additionally, a student with this degree may wish to continue his/her education in graduate/professional school in:
    • medicine
    • dentistry
    • veterinary medicine
    • physician assistant
    • pathologists' assistant
    • forensic sciences
    • microbiological sciences
    • molecular biology
    • biotechnology
    • toxicology
    • neurobiology
    • many more

Pre-medical Studies Program
Students majoring in biomedical sciences may fully participate in the pre-medical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students interested in the premedical studies program should contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.

Curriculum + Requirements

Admission to this program is dependent on the applicant’s potential to pursue a college program and on past academic performance. Transfer students wishing to enter this program will be given appropriate transfer credit for previous college work.

The technical standards for individuals working in the biomedical field may include the following abilities: to effectively communicate via oral and written expression; exhibit general fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination appropriate to performing delicate procedures; distinguish between subtle shades of color; read, comprehend and interpret scientific/medical information from professional sources. We will consider reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

In order to remain in good standing within the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 overall, as well as in math and science. Students must complete the following curriculum:

First Semester, First Year
BIO 150 General Biology for Majors - 4 credits 
CHE 110 General Chemistry I - 4 credits
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) - 3 credits
MA 140 Quantitative Literacy (UC) - 3 credits
QU 101 The Individual in the Community - 3 credits
Total 17

Spring Semester, First Year
BIO 151 General Biology for Majors - 4 credits
CHE 111 General Chemistry II - 4 credits
EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) - 3 credits
UC Social Sciences - 3 credits
UC Humanities or Science elective - 3 credits
Total 17

Fall Semester, Second Year
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I - 4 credits
PHY 110 General Physics I - 4 credits
UC Social Sciences - 3 credits
Total 15

Spring Semester, Second Year
BIO 212 Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II - 4 credits
PHY 111 General Physics II - 4 credits
QU 201 Seminar on National Community - 3 credits
Total 15

Fall Semester, Third Year
BMS 370 General Microbiology - 4 credits
CHE 315 Biochemistry - 4 credits
Science elective - 3 credits
MA 275 UC elective - 3 credits
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology - 2 credits
Total 16

Spring Semester, Third Year
BMS 375 Immunology - 4 credits
Science elective - 4 credits
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community - 3 credits
UC elective - 3 credits
Total 14

Fall Semester, Fourth Year
BMS 318 Pathophysiology - 3 credits
UC Fine Arts - 3 credits
UC Humanities - 3 credits
Science elective - 3 credits
Science elective - 3 credits
Total 15

Spring Semester, Fourth Year
BIO 471 Molecular Genetics - 4 credits
Science Elective - 4 credits
BIO 346 Cell Physiology - 4 credits
Total 12

Overall Total Credits 121

For more information about the undergraduate biomedical sciences program, please contact the chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Minor in Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers a minor in biomedical sciences, which provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the theories, principles and advances in these basic sciences. Completing this area of concentration may help students qualify for employment in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; the medical diagnostics industry; university-based biomedical research; and city, state and federal health/research laboratories or to continue their education in graduate/professional school. This concentration helps students develop critical thinking skills and understand and utilize modern research laboratory technologies.

The BMS minor consists of 20-24 credits (six classes), at least two of which must be lab-based, with a grade of C or better. No more than two classes may be transferred in from other institutions. The same course cannot count toward a minor in microbiology and biomedical sciences.

Courses for the biomedical sciences minor

BMS 200 Biology of Aging - 3 credits
BMS 318 Pathophysiology - 3 credits
BMS 320 Pharmacology - 3 credits
BMS 325 Toxicology - 3 credits
BMS 330 Endocrinology - 3 credits
BMS 213 Microbiology and Pathology - 4 credits
or BMS 370 Microbiology, with lab - 4 credits
BMS 372 Pathogenic Microbiology, with lab - 4 credits
BMS 375 Immunology, with lab - 4 credits
or HSC 375 Clinical Immunology (take BMS 375 or HSC 375 not both)
BMS 378 Vaccines - 4 credits
BMS 470 Virology - 4 credits
BMS 472 Biotechnology - 4 credits
BMS 473 Infections of Leisure - 3 credits
BMS 474 Power of Plagues - 3 credits
BMS 475 Current Topics in Microbiology - 4 credits
BMS 482 Independent Study (may be taken twice) - 3-4 credits
Graduate courses for the biomedical sciences minor (permission required)
BMS 570 Virology (take BMS 470 or BMS 570 not both)
BMS 595 Transplantation Immunology - 3 credits