Biomedical Sciences

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

131 Biomedical Education Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3078

Phone: (716) 829-3005
Fax: (716) 829-2437
Email: langdj@buffalo.edu
Web: www.smbs.buffalo.edu/bms

Mary Anne Rokitka
Associate Dean

David J. Lang
Senior Academic Advisor

About the Program

The B.S. in Biomedical Sciences enables students to increase the breadth of their undergraduate experience, combine courses from various departments within the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and focus their undergraduate experience in preparation for professional or graduate studies. This major requires that students take several core courses that are traditionally considered prerequisites for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine. These courses are also generally required for admission to most graduate programs in various health science disciplines.

Advisement

Students interested in pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences should contact the School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences academic advisor for more information. Applicants to the program must submit a UB DARS report with a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the math/science prerequisite courses. Prior to applying, students should have completed at least three semesters of chemistry, two semesters of biology, two semesters of calculus, and one semester of physics with no grade less than C. Application deadlines are September 15 for spring admission and February 15 for fall admission.

Transfer Policy

Prerequisite courses may be transferred from other educational institutions if they are equivalent. Students should consult with the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences academic advisor to determine equivalency.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

The program offers students the option of completing an internship within the biomedical sciences. The internship requires students to participate in work experiences related to the biomedical sciences at either on- or off-campus locations. Potential work sites include hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, research laboratories, and medical service and/or equipment providers. Another special opportunity available to biomedical sciences students is undergraduate research. A student may collaborate with his or her research mentor on an ongoing project in the laboratory of the mentor, or conduct independent research under the guidance of the mentor.

For course descriptions, see http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms/bms.shtml.

Biomedical Sciences - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.8 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102/PHY 152 College Physics II/Lab or PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics II/Lab

Required Courses

ANA 113 Human Anatomy or APY 345/APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy
BCH 403 Principles of Biochemistry or BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
MIC 301 Fundamentals of Microbiology
PGY 300 Human Physiology and PGY 412 Applied Physiology or PGY 451/PGY 452 Human Physiology I and II
STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
Biomedical Science electives (18-24 credits, with at least three electives at the 300/400 level)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...87-93

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101, MTH 121
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102, MTH 122

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 201, PHY 101/PHY 151
Spring CHE 202, PHY 102/PHY 152

THIRD YEAR
Fall ANA 113, PGY 300
Spring PGY 412, STA 119

FOURTH YEAR
Fall BCH 403 or BCP 302, biomedical sciences electives
Spring MIC 301, biomedical sciences electives

Electives and Course Groupings

AAS 414 Health Problems in the Black Community
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 328 Biology, Society and Culture
APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 346 Primate Dissections
APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal and Ethical Issues
APY 476 Health Care in the United States
BCP 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 369 Fungi and Their Medical Importance
BIO 410 Biophysical Aspects of Macromolecules
BIO 448 Endocrinology
BMS 492 Biomedical Sciences Seminar
BMS 496 Biomedical Sciences Internship
BMS 498 Biomedical Sciences Research
BPH 303 Principles of Biophysics
BPH 403 Molecular Biophysics
BPH 405 Biophysical Basics: Processes
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CL 151 Medical Terminology
MCH 300 Herbs and Phytomedicinals
MCH 311 The Chemistry of Drug Action
MFC 250 Health Care in the U.S. I
MIC 401 General Microbiology
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 422 Biomolecular Technology and Diagnostics
MT 428 Forensic Science
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
NTR 402 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
PGY 405 Cell Physiology
PGY 427 Neurophysiology
PGY 428 Neurophysiology Laboratory
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PGY 452 Human Physiology II
PGY 503 Physiological Measurements in Small Animals
PHI 337 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology
SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology
SSC 337 Social-Ethical Values in Medicine
UGC 303 Great Discoveries in Science: The Macroworld (Section M)
WS 260 Women and Health
WS 304 Science Microworld: Biology of Women

Course Descriptions

BMS 492 Biomedical Sciences Seminar

Credits:  1
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Biomedical Sciences major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Weekly meetings with scientists and clinicians in a seminar offered by various departments within the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

BMS 496 Biomedical Sciences Internship

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  Biomedical Sciences major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Exposes students to a nonacademic environment within which to apply the knowledge gained via traditional coursework. Students have the opportunity to work with a community, government, or private agency as a student intern. This volunteer, credit-bearing experience gives students the opportunity to �test the waters� in a specific job setting. Students may opt for biomedical sciences work sites whose primary focus is clinical, business, or research.

BMS 498 Biomedical Sciences Research

Credits:  1 - 8
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Biomedical Sciences major
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Students collaborate with research mentors on an ongoing project in a laboratory setting or conduct independent research under the guidance of their mentors. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting. Makes available opportunities to hone students' oral and written communication skills.

 

Updated: Jul 20, 2006 1:19:22 PM