Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biomedical Sciences - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS


Students interested in pursuing a BS in Biomedical Sciences should contact the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences academic advisor for more information.

Transfer Policy

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

Biomedical Sciences - B.S.

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. Application deadlines are September 15 and February 15.

Prerequisite Courses

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 "B" in all of the prerequisite courses is required to be accepted and remain in the program.

Required Courses

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/PGY 452)
Statistics (STA 119 or PSY 207 or SOC 294)

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

Biomedical Science electives: students need to take at least 6 elective courses. At least 3 of the 6 electives need to come from the advanced elective list and the remaining electives may come from the fundamental elective list. No more than 3 credits may come from BMS 498.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 87
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 1
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge in mathematics, natural sciences, and biomedical sciences
  • Participate in experiential learning opportunities (leadership, research, internships, study aboard, outreach and service)
  • Demonstrate preparation for graduate (Master's, Ph.D.) and professional programs (medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant)
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge underlying concepts of health and disease in preparation for careers in the biomedical sciences
  • Exhibit a broad knowledge of interdisciplinary topics within the field of health and social sciences comparable to other programs across the country

  • 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 Genetic
    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 Introduction 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

    Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

    View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Biomedical Sciences BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39