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.
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).
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
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.
Biomedical sciences students are invited to an annual reception.