Biomedical Sciences

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The bachelor of science degree in Biomedical Sciences immerses students in an exploration of topics in the life sciences including cell biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, and physiology, as they are applied to the science of human health.  The BS in Biomedical Sciences allows students to fulfill undergraduate course requirements for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy and other health and science related graduate or professional schools.

Contact advisor Arlyn Palomo to learn more.

Biomedical Sciences Student Learning Outcomes

There are five major student learning outcomes associated with the BS in Biomedical Sciences:

1. Core Knowledge

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and biology
  • An understanding of the key principles of biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology and their application to human health
  • Awareness of the major issues at the forefront of these disciplines
  • Awareness of societal and ethical issues in the biomedical sciences
  • The ability to integrate knowledge across interdisciplinary lines

2. Applying the Process of Science

  • The ability to dissect a problem into its key features by thinking in an integrated manner and to look at problems from different perspectives
  • The ability to generate hypotheses, design experiments, observe nature and test hypotheses
  • The ability to understand the limitations of the experimental approach

3. Quantitative Reasoning

  • The ability to analyze experimental data and interpret the results
  • The ability to apply statistics and other mathematical approaches to examine biological systems

4. Laboratory Skills

  • The ability to work safely and effectively in the laboratory
  • The ability to troubleshoot and optimize methods
  • The ability to collaborate with other researchers

5. Literature and Communication Skills

  • The ability to assess primary papers critically
  • The ability to use oral, written and visual presentations to present their work to both a science literate and general audience

Biomedical Sciences Career Options

Through rigorous coursework and ample opportunities for research or clinical experiences, students will be prepared for (1) advanced training at the graduate or professional level, i.e. MS, MPH, Ph.D., MD, DDS, DO, OD, PA, DPM, PharmD, or DVM; and (2) employment in biomedical careers, such as clinical and research laboratories in private industry or public agencies (regional, state, federal), or other areas such as law and business that bridge with biology.

Biomedical Sciences preparatory courses - Community College Equivalencies

Preparatory courses must have been completed within the last 5 years. If they were completed before that time frame or for specific transfer courses that are accepted, please consult an academic advisor.

Additionally, students must be computer literate, which is defined as the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communication software.

Workshops are available for students with deficiencies in any of these areas. (Note - Course prefixes including "&" denotes new community college common course numbering. Check with your advisor for details.)

UW Tacoma

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE UW TACOMA COURSES
College Chemistry 18 1.7 TCHEM 142/152/162
College Biology 18 1.5 TBIOL 120/130/140
Organic Chemistry 18 1.7 TCHEM 251/261/271
College Physics 6 2.0 TPHYS 121
Calculus I 5 2.0 TMATH 124
Calculus II 5 2.0 TMATH 125

Please contact your advisor with questions.

Green River CC

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE GREEN RIVER CC TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES
College Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 161/162/163
College Biology 15 1.5 BIOL& 211/212/213
Organic Chemistry 18 1.7 CHEM& 261/262/263
College Physics 5 2.0 PHYS& 114 or 221
Calculus I 5 2.0 MATH& 151
Calculus II 5 2.0 MATH& 152

Highline CC

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE HIGHLINE CC TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES
College Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 161/162/163
College Biology 15 1.5 BIOL& 211/212/213
Organic Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 261/262/263
College Physics 5 2.0 PHYS 201
Calculus I 5 2.0 MATH& 151
Calculus II 5 2.0 MATH& 152

Please contact your advisor with questions.

Olympic CC

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE OLYMPIC CC TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES
College Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 141/142/143 and 151/152/153 (labs)
College Biology 15 1.5 BIOL 201/202/203
Organic Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 241/242/243 and 251/252/253 (labs)
College Physics 5 2.0 PHYS 114 or 254
Calculus I 5 2.0 MATH& 151
Calculus II 5 2.0 MATH& 152

Please contact your advisor with questions.

Pierce College

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE PIERCE C TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES
College Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 161/162/163
College Biology 15 1.5 BIOL& 211/212/213
Organic Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 261/262/263
College Physics 5 2.0 PHYS& 114 or PHYS& 221
Calculus I 5 2.0 MATH& 151
Calculus II 5 2.0 MATH& 152

Please contact your advisor with questions.

South PS CC

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE SOUTH PS CC TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES
College Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 161/162/163
College Biology 15 1.5 BIOL& 211/212/213
Organic Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 241/242/243 and 251/252/253 (labs)
College Physics 5 2.0 PHYS& 114 or PHYS& 221
Calculus I 5 2.0 MATH& 151
Calculus II 5 2.0 MATH& 152

Please contact your advisor with questions.

Tacoma CC

PREPARATORY COURSE CREDITS MINIMUM GRADE TACOMA CC TRANSFER EQUIVALENCIES
College Chemistry 15 1.7 CHEM& 161/162/163
College Biology 15 1.5 BIOL& 221/222/223
College Physics 5 2.0 PHYS& 114 or PHYS& 221
Calculus I 5 2.0 MATH& 151
Calculus II 5 2.0 MATH& 152

Please contact your advisor with questions.

Biomedical Sciences Degree Requirements

Biomedical Sciences Degree Requirements effective autumn 2017

Overview of requirements

  • Introductory Courses in Biomedical Sciences: 64 credits
  • Core Courses in Biomedical Sciences: 39 credits
  • Biomedical Sciences Upper-Division Electives: 15 credits
  • Required "bookend" Courses: 8 credits
  • Capstone (research, internship, etc.): 3-10 credits planned with faculty advisor
  • Statistics Course: Select one course
  • Ethics Course: Select one course
  • Health and Society course: Select one course

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Introductory Courses in Biomedical Sciences (64 credits)

Preparatory courses must have been completed within the last 5 years. If they were completed before that time frame or for specific transfer courses that are accepted, please consult an academic advisor.

Additionally, students must be computer literate, which is defined as the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communication software.

Workshops are available for students with deficiencies in any of these areas.

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Core Courses in Biomedical Sciences (39 credits)

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Biomedical Sciences Upper-Division Electives (15 credits)

Complete a minimum of 15 credits of advanced Biomedical Sciences. Select a minimum of two classes from List A, and up to one class from List A or List B.

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Required Bookend Courses (8 credits)

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Capstone (3-10 credits)

Statistics (select one course)

Ethics (select one course)

Health and Society (select one course)

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Additional requirements

Students who wish to complete the pre-medical, -veterinary, -dental, and -pharmacy program in conjunction with the Biomedical Sciences degree are advised to consult with specific schools and programs they wish to attend, and to consider completing the following additional courses if their specific programs recommend it:

It is common for transfer students to have already met some or all of these requirements. Whatever you may be missing will become part of your study plan while at UW Tacoma.

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Biomedical Sciences Degree Requirements effective winter 2017

Overview of requirements

  • Introductory Courses in Biomedical Sciences: 64 credits
  • Core Courses in Biomedical Sciences: 39 credits
  • Biomedical Sciences Upper-Division Electives: 15 credits
  • Required "bookend" Courses: 8 credits
  • Capstone (research, internship, etc.): 3-10 credits planned with faculty advisor
  • Statistics Course: Select one course
  • Ethics Course: Select one course
  • Health and Society course: Select one course

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Introductory Courses in Biomedical Sciences (64 credits)

Preparatory courses must have been completed within the last 5 years. If they were completed before that time frame or for specific transfer courses that are accepted, please consult an academic advisor.

Additionally, students must be computer literate, which is defined as the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communication software.

Workshops are available for students with deficiencies in any of these areas.

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Core Courses in Biomedical Sciences (39 credits)

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Biomedical Sciences Upper-Division Electives (15 credits)

Complete a minimum of 15 credits of advanced Biomedical Sciences. Select a minimum of two classes from List A, and up to one class from List A or List B.

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Required Bookend Courses (8 credits)

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Capstone (3-10 credits)

Statistics (select one course)

Ethics (select one course)

Health and Society (select one course)

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Additional requirements

Students who wish to complete the pre-medical, -veterinary, -dental, and -pharmacy program in conjunction with the Biomedical Sciences degree are advised to consult with specific schools and programs they wish to attend, and to consider completing the following additional courses if their specific programs recommend it:

It is common for transfer students to have already met some or all of these requirements. Whatever you may be missing will become part of your study plan while at UW Tacoma.

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Biomedical Sciences Degree Requirements prior to winter 2017

Overview of requirements

  • Introductory Courses in Biomedical Sciences: 57 credits
  • Core Courses in Biomedical Sciences: 39 credits
  • Biomedical Sciences Upper-Division Electives: 15 credits
  • Required "bookend" Courses: 8 credits
  • Capstone (research, internship, etc.): 3-10 credits planned with faculty advisor
  • Statistics Course: Select one course
  • Ethics Course: Select one course
  • Health and Society course: Select one course

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Introductory Courses in Biomedical Sciences (57 credits)

Preparatory courses must have been completed within the last 5 years. If they were completed before that time frame or for specific transfer courses that are accepted, please consult an academic advisor.

Additionally, students must be computer literate, which is defined as the ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communication software.

Workshops are available for students with deficiencies in any of these areas.

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Core Courses in Biomedical Sciences (39 credits)

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Biomedical Sciences Upper-Division Electives (15 credits)

  • TBIOMD 300-400 level courses

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Required Bookend Courses (8 credits)

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Capstone (3-10 credits)

  • Research, internships, etc to be planned with faculty advisor; may span more than one quarter

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Statistics (select one course)

Ethics (select one course)

Health and Society (select one course)

Additional requirements

Students who wish to complete the pre-medical, -veterinary, -dental, and -pharmacy program in conjunction with the Biomedical Sciences degree are advised to consult with specific schools and programs they wish to attend, and to consider completing the following 36 credits of additional courses if their specific programs recommend it:

It is common for transfer students to have already met some or all of these requirements. Whatever you may be missing will become part of your study plan while at UW Tacoma.

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 Additional courses may be approved and added to courses lists to provide students more flexibility and options.
Please refer to this page often for the most up-to-date information.

To request changes to this page, please contact Kelly Kledzik at kellyk6@uw.edu.