Biomedical Science

The biomedical science major equips you for careers in health professions with an emphasis on biological systems’ role in health.

Preparing You for Success

The degree is a good starting point if you’re interested in working in health care or attending medical school. You explore biology’s breadth of topics with upper-level courses focused on human health. Classes introduce you to research methods your freshman year, then you can build on those through labs, independent studies and summer research. You can count three hours of research toward the degree. In addition, you learn chemistry, sociology and psychology concepts valuable to your professional interests. You also can add concentrations in pre-med, pre-veterinary science or research and development.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • One-on-one mentorship from faculty
  • Opportunities to publish your research or share it at professional conferences
  • A senior research capstone project
  • Opportunities for networking and professional development through Tri-Beta national honors society and the Biology Undergraduate Society

Making Your Mark

Biomedical science majors are valuable as chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, physicians, scientists and veterinarians. Many students pursue medical school or graduate degrees.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 71 hrs.

  • BMS 150: Introduction to Biomedical Science - 2 hrs.
  • BMS 320: Environment and Human Health - 3 hrs.
  • *BMS 465: Medical Physiology - 3 hrs.
  • *BMS 466: Human Anatomy - 4 hrs.
  • BMS 490: Biomedical Science Capstone - 1 hr.
  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 152: Molecules to Cells Lab - 1 hr.
  • BIO 250: Organismal Biology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 251: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 252: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Lab - 1 hr.
  • BIO 260: Biological Statistics I - 1 hr.
  • BIO 261: Biological Statistics II - 2 hrs.
  • BIO 310: Genetics - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 311: Genetics Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111: General Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 117: General Chemistry II Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 252: Organic Chemistry I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 253: Organic Chemistry I Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 257: Organic Chemistry II Lab - 1 hr.
  • MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 116: Brief Calculus With Applications II - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 107: General Physics I - 4 hrs.
  • PHY 108: General Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • SOC 100: The Sociological Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101: Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.

*Students may substitute BIO 323: Comparative Anatomy and BIO 381: Comparative Animal Physiology for BMS 466: Human Anatomy and BMS 465: Medical Physiology respectively.

Elective Courses (choose two) - 6-8 hrs.

  • BIO 312: Developmental Biology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 361: Microanatomy - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 406: General Microbiology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 408: Bacterial Pathogenesis - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 419: Ethology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 440: Evolution - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 464: Cell Biology - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 468: Immunology of Host Defense - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 482: Endocrinology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 484: Neurophysiology - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 503: Molecular Genetics - 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 505: Topics in Bioethics - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 509: Human Genetics - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 525: Advanced Physiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 526: Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 527: Physiology of Anesthesia - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.

Note: Three hours of BIO 485: Research will count for one of these courses and is highly recommended.