Biomedical Science

The Department of Biology offers a Biomedical Science Major leading to a baccalaureate degree with the possibility of receiving a concentration in Pre-Med, Veterinary Science, or Biomedical Science Research and Development (R&D).The major is designed to prepare students interested in a career in medicine or other health professions, including dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, etc., or support development of professionals for careers in the medical and biotechnology environment.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

All students majoring in Biomedical Science and those students desiring additional focus in one of the department's concentrations must earn a grade of C or better in all required Biomedical Science and Biology courses. All Biomedical Science students must take the following core courses:

  • BMS 150, 320, 465*, 466*, 490
  • BIO 151, 152, 250, 251, 252, 260, 261, 310, 311
  • CHM 110, 111, 116, 117, 252, 253, 256, 257
  • MTH 115 and 116
  • PHY 107 and 108
  • SOC 100
  • PSY 101
  • An introductory business, economics or entrepreneurship course is highly recommended.

Students must take two additional courses with a grade of C or better from the following list of elective choices: BIO 312, 361, 406, 408, 419, 440, 464, 468, 482, 484, 503, 505, 509, 525, 526, 527, or CHM 360. Three hours of BIO 485 will count for one of these courses and is highly recommended.

 * Students may substitute BIO 323 and BIO 381 for BMS 466 and BMS 465 respectively.

At the completion of 90 semester hours, the student must have credit for BIO 151, 152, 250, 251, 252, 260, and 261; CHM 110, 111, 116, 117, 252, 253; and two semesters of calculus. Students not meeting these requirements will not be allowed to enroll in other biology courses until requirements are met. Students with more than 30 semester hours transferring into biology programs from other Bradley majors must have a GPA of 2.50 or greater and must have completed at least one semester each of introductory biology, introductory chemistry, and calculus. Students with 30 or fewer hours will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The Biomedical Science major is a stand-alone major for students who are not yet clear what area of medicine they want to specialize. The broad range of content areas and skills provided will serve these students well. However, students who have a career path may wish to choose a concentration. Concentrations in Pre-Med, Veterinary Science, and Biomedical Research and Development (R&D) are available. The requirements for each concentration are described below.

Pre-Med Concentration

In addition to the requirements described above for the Biomedical Science major, to receive the Pre-Med concentration, students must take BMS 465, BMS 466, CHM 360, and two courses from the following list as their elective choices: BIO 406, 464, 482, 484, 485 (3 hrs.), 505.

Veterinary Science Concentration

In addition to the requirements described above for the Biomedical Science major, to receive the Veterinary Science concentration, students must take BIO 323, BIO 381, CHM 360, and two courses from the following list as their elective choices: BIO 406, 419, 484, 485 (3 hrs.), 505.

Biomedical Science Research and Development (R&D) Concentration

In addition to the requirements described above for the Biomedical Science major, to receive the Biomedical Science Research and Development (R&D) Concentration, students must take two courses from the following list: BIO 406, 464, 505, 509, CHM 360; they are also required to have six hours of BIO 485. Students in this concentration must complete a year-long research project. Prior to graduation, the Biology Department's Curriculum Committee will review the completed research project to ensure that the students have conducted research appropriate for the concentration. A course from the following list is also recommended as part of their BCC experience: ENT 381, ECO 100, or ECO 221.