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 also allows students to fulfill some undergraduate course requirements for admission to medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy and other health- and science-related graduate or professional schools.
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES PREPARATORY COURSES - COMMUNITY COLLEGE EQUIVALENCIES
The Division of Sciences and Mathematics requests that all students who plan to register for courses that they have previously taken fill out a petition to repeat the course (Link to petition). The Division hopes that this process will help students reflect on their performance in the class and make concrete plans for success in the coming quarter. Requests will be processed on a rolling basis.
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
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.
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.
List A Biomedical Electives:
A deeper understanding of some aspects of biomedical science provides the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of biomedical science and thus prepares you for employment in a biomedical field or the pursuit of graduate studies.
Human health and environmental health are intimately related. List B electives allow exploration of the relationship between the two, or provide a chance to apply the scientific concepts central to biomedical studies in a broader way related to other organisms or the planet.
Ethical practice is critical to the success of all healthcare and scientific careers. A thorough understanding and application of ethics across disciplines builds public trust in your chosen profession and ensures that your efforts will serve as many people as possible.
As a healthcare provider or scientist, you must be versed in how your field interacts with issues of broader societal and cultural significance. This understanding is critical for your successful communication with patients, co-workers, and the public at large.
Students who wish to complete pre-medical, -veterinary, -dental, -pharmacy, or other professional or graduate school program in conjunction with the Biomedical Sciences degree are advised to research specific schools and programs they wish to attend, as requirements vary. Some additional coursework may be required, such as:
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.
Check for: Degree requirements effective 2017 or degree requirements prior to 2017
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.