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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 the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; the medical diagnostics industry; university-based biomedical research; and 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: biological and/or biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, pathologists' assistant, forensic sciences, microbiological sciences, molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, neurobiology, plus many other areas.

Students who excel in this program (>3.0 GPA overall and in science/math) may be eligible to participate in a research project with a faculty member or an internship in an area company sometime during their junior or senior year. This depends upon the availability of mentors and internships at the particular time.

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

BMS students will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that may be applicable in a variety of biomedical fields after graduation, including:

  • effective communication via oral and written expression
  • exhibition of general fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination appropriate to performing delicate procedures
  • reading comprehension
  • critical thinking
  • visual literacy
  • interpretation of scientific/medical information from professional sources

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

Students may take two University Curriculum courses, two UC electives and two open electives to obtain a minor outside of the sciences.

Students may choose to minor in any area of study, although biomedical sciences students often choose to pursue one (or more) of these particular minors:

  • microbiology, molecular biology and immunology
  • chemistry
  • and/or psychology

Students must attend at least two departmental intellectual experience interactive sessions per semester for discussion. Students are also required to attend 10 hours per semester (after the first year) of intellectual seminars, discussions, debates, conferences, etc. for a total of 60 hours at graduation. Students are expected to keep track of these encounters and track them by creating a portfolio of their summaries and impressions after attending each one. Approximately one-third of these encounters should be in general topics outside of the biomedical science curriculum with the other two-thirds should be within the biomedical sciences.

Upper-level biomedical sciences students in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or greater) may be permitted to take 2-3 graduate courses (up to 9 credits) to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.

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

Reasonable accommodations will be considered 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 I (4 credits)
CHE 110—General Chemistry I (4 credits)
EN 101—Freshman Composition (UC) (3 credits)
MA 140/141— Quantitative Literacy (UC) (3 credits)
QU 101—The Individual in the Community (3 credits)
Total 17

Spring Semester, First Year
BIO 151—General Biology II (4 credits)
CHE 111—General Chemistry II (4 credits)
EN 102—Freshman Composition (UC) (3 credits)
UC Social Sciences (3 credits)
BMS 278—Research & Technology (3 credits)
Total 17

Fall Semester, Second Year
UC Elective (3 credits)
CHE 210—Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
MA 275 or other UC social science (3 credits)
BIO 211—Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
Total 14

Spring Semester, Second Year
BMS 370—General Microbiology (4 credits)
CHE 211—Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
QU 201 or open elective (3 credits)
BIO 212—Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
Total 15

Fall Semester, Third Year
BMS 375—Immunology (4 credits)
CHE 315 or "Biotech/Genetics" (4 credits)
PHY 110—Physics I (4 credits)
MA 275 or other UC elective (3 credits)
Total 15

Spring Semester, Third Year
Science or HSC elective (3 credits)
PHY 111—Physics II (4 credits)
QU 201 or open elective (3 credits)
UC elective (3 credits)
Open elective (3 credits)
Total 16

Fall Semester, Fourth Year
BMS 318—Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Science elective (3-4 credits)
CHE 315 or "Biotech/Genetics" (4 credits)
UC Fine Arts or Humanities (3 credits)
Total 16-17

Spring Semester, Fourth Year
Science Elective (3-4 credits)
Science or HSC elective (3 credits)
Science elective (3 credits)
UC Fine Arts or Humanities (3 credits)
QU 301 or UC Humanities (3 credits)
Total 15-16

Overall Total Credits 125

BMS majors may not take 100-level "science for non-science majors" classes as electives or open electives. Students interested in graduate or professional school should investigate research and/or a capstone project.

Biotechnology/Genetics—Take one of the following (BMS 472, BIO 471 or BIO 282). Note: BMS 472 and BIO 471 count toward a microbiology minor. 

Science electives—Take 9-12 credits of BMS, CHE or BIO (3- or 4-credit courses at the 200 level or above). Students may elect to take microbiology courses as electives (open, science or health science) to earn their microbiology minor. 

Science or health science electives—Take at least 6 credits of BMS, BIO, CHE, PHY or HSC (3- or 4-credit courses at the 200 level or above) or BMS 203. Students may choose to take CHE 215 as an elective (open, science or health science) to earn their chemistry minor. 

Students may choose to take two UC courses, two UC electives and two open electives in a field outside of BMS to earn a minor in that field.

Independent Study Opportunities

Students in biomedical science programs may take independent study courses in biomedical science, microbiology and/or health sciences. Students who excel in the BMS program (>3.2 GPA overall and in science/math) may be eligible to work on a research project, enabling them to collaborate with faculty in research laboratories. The independent study courses, BMS 482 and 482, are for microbiology topics, BMS 498 and 499 for topics in biomedical science and HSC 498 and 499 for topics in health sciences. Two 3-4 credit courses (BMS 482 and 483) may count toward the science, health science or open electives in the BMS curriculum.

By definition, an independent study includes course content not offered by another QU catalog course. However, it must involve contact hours and scholarly activities equivalent to any regularly offered course. These course can include performing an research project, review of the scientific literature in the field of the research project and creation of a "product," such as a term essay, a series of short papers, laboratory or project reports, a portfolio, or presentation at a scientific meeting.

Students are limited to no more than 8 credits of biomedical science (BMS) and/or health science (HSC) independent studies. Students register for these courses by first finding a mentor and then submitting the paper registration form (available second floor of Echlin).

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 525 Vaccine Preventable Diseases (4 credits) (take BMS 378 or BMS 525, not both)
BMS 570 Virology (4 credits) (take BMS 470 or BMS 570 not both)
BMS 595 Transplantation Immunology (3 credits)