Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biomedical Sciences - About The Program

About Our Degrees

The B.S. in biomedical sciences prepares students for admission into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, and veterinary medicine, as well as graduate programs in the life sciences.

Having completed the core courses in the natural and biomedical sciences, students are free to select courses (electives) that confer a unique character to their major in the biomedical sciences. The availability of electives is comprehensive; they include, but are not limited to, courses in medical terminology, sociology, ethics, nutrition, and anthropology.

Acceptance Criteria
A student must complete all 10 prerequisite courses with at least a B. A student is permitted to apply to the major after only 8 of the 10 prerequisite courses are completed as long as each course has received at least a B and the student also maintains the minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.2. It is recommended that the prerequisite courses be completed by the end of the fourth semester. Transfer students are held to the same criteria.

Degree Requirements
A minimum grade of a "B" is required in all prerequisite courses with a prerequisite GPA of at least a 3.2.

Prerequisite courses include:
Two semesters of General Biology (BIO 200 and BIO 201)
Two semesters of General Chemistry (CHE 101 and CHE 102)
Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHE 201 and CHE 202)
Two semesters of Calculus (MTH 121 and MTH 122 or MTH 141 and MTH 142)
Two semesters of Physics with Laboratory (PHY 101/ PHY 151 and PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 107 and PHY 108/ PHY 158)

A minimum grade of "C" in each of the core courses is required on either the first or second attempt and a maximum of two required courses may be repeated.

Core courses include:
Anatomy (ANA 113)
Biochemistry (Recommend BCH 403 or BIO 205)
Microbiology + laboratory (MIC 401 + lab)
Physiology I & II (PGY 300 and PGY 412, or PGY 451 and PGY 452)
Statistics (STA 119 or PSY 207 or SOC 294)

In addition to the prerequisite and core courses, students need to take at least 6 elective courses. At least 3 of the 6 electives need to come from the advanced electives list and the remaining electives may come from the fundamental elective list. No more than 3 credits may come from BMS 498. Students can choose from the following approved electives:

Fundamental Electives (students need to take a maximum of 3 courses in this category)
AAS 414 Health Problems in the Black Community
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
APY 476 Health Care in the United States
CL 151 Medical Terminology
EEH 301 Intro to Epidemiology
GGS 260 Women and Health
HIS 215 Death in America
MFC 250 Health Care in the U.S.
MFC 358 Introduction to Medical Devices and Implants
NTR 108 Human Nutrition
NTR 401 Nutrition and Health
NTR 402 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 325 Health Psychology
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
PSY 351 Biopsychology
SOC 304 Sociology of Aging
SOC 322 Introduction to Medical Sociology
SOC 378 Social Inequalities & Health

Advanced Electives (students need to take a minimum of 3 courses in this category)
APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy
APY 346 Primate Dissections
APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal and Ethical Issues
BIO 302 Introduction to Molecular Biology
BIO 415 Virology
BIO 317 Medical Entomology/Parasitology
BIO 319 Genetics
BIO 448 Endocrinology
BMS 498 Research
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry
MT 402 Fundamentals of Immunology
MT 422 Biomolecular Technology and Diagnostics
MT 428 Forensic Science
PGY 405 Cell Physiology
PMY 302 Introduction to Pharmacology
PMY 311 Chemistry of Drug Action
PUB 420 Social Determinants of Health

The minimum required credits for a B.S. degree is 120 credits. The remaining credit hours are fulfilled by free electives. These free electives are not restricted to the biomedical sciences and should be chosen in consultation with the biomedical sciences program director.

About Our Courses

Courses designated with the BMS prefix provide opportunities for seminar (BMS 492), an internship (BMS 496) and for research experience (BMS 498).

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty hold appointments in the various basic science departments in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Numerous faculty hold patents, teaching awards, and appointments on editorial boards associated with professional scientific organizations.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

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.

Information on arranging research and internship experiences is available on the Biomedical Sciences Web site. Also see that site for information on scholarships.

Extracurricular Activities

Biomedical sciences students are invited to an annual reception.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39