An undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for a wide variety of opportunities which have a basis in cellular and molecular biology, human/animal anatomy and physiology. In addition to enrolling in required courses, students will have opportunities to engage in elective courses and laboratory research in specialty areas of endocrinology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, reproductive physiology, and cardiopulmonary physiology. In this process, students are able to tailor their educational experiences to specific career objectives. The curriculum will prepare graduates to pursue further studies in professional schools for medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and optometry, as well as other programs such as physician assistant and physical therapy. This degree will also prepare students for graduate studies in the biomedical sciences as well as for employment in a variety of innovative and developing fields in biotechnology.

The basic science curriculum meets many requirements for entrance into professional schools. Experiential learning opportunities are encouraged and could include participating in laboratory research, teaching/tutoring in selected courses, volunteer experiences and leadership positions within student club(s), study abroad, internships, and honors curriculum. These opportunities are encouraged with the student’s interests and career goals as the focus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Obtain a solid background in anatomy and physiology and be able to integrate knowledge from the molecular to the systemic level
  • Demonstrate strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Develop scientific hypotheses and experiments to test them
  • Work effectively in groups
  • Demonstrate effective organization, leadership, and laboratory skills
  • Think critically and logically

Potential Occupations

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences will provide students with a variety of opportunities for further study or employment in the broad area of biomedical sciences. The coursework is designed to prepare students for health-related graduate and professional programs. Post-graduate opportunities will include additional studies in specialty areas of physiology such as neuroscience, reproductive endocrinology, cardiopulmonary, and patho-physiology. Employment opportunities can be found in government at the local, state, and national levels; research in a variety of settings such as university, industry, and private laboratories; education; administration and management; and industry such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Students will be exposed to skill sets which are necessary in a competitive, ever changing job market.

Effective Fall 2019

CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
Select one from the following: 3
Biomedical Sciences  
Major Related Elective (See list below)1,2
Select one course from the following: 4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 32
BMS 302Laboratory in Principles of Physiology 2
BMS 360Fundamentals of Physiology 4
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3A3
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory 2
Select one group from the following:  5-8
Group A  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Group B  
Modern Organic Chemistry I  
Modern Organic Chemistry II  
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 25-28
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry 4
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A5
Select one course from the following: 4-5
Human Gross Anatomy  
Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy  
Microscopic Anatomy  
Major Related Electives (See list below)2 10
Advanced Writing 23
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 29-30
MIP 300General Microbiology 3
MIP 302General Microbiology Laboratory 2
Select one group from the following: 5
Group A:
Functional Neuroanatomy4B 
Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Case Studies4A,4C 
Group B:
Cardiopulmonary Physiology4B 
Perspectives in Cardiopulmonary Diseases4A,4C 
Group C:
Essentials of Pathophysiology4B 
Pathophysiology Perspectives4A,4C 
Major Related Electives (See list below)2 6
Electives3 13-14
 Total Credits 29-30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Major Related Electives2

BC 463Molecular Genetics3
BC 465Molecular Regulation of Cell Function3
BMS 192First Year Seminar in Biomedical Sciences1
BMS 260Biomedical Sciences3
BMS 325Cellular Neurobiology3
BMS 330Microscopic Anatomy 44
BMS 345Functional Neuroanatomy 54
BMS 384Supervised College Teaching 61-5
BMS 401Laboratory Research in Biomedical Sciences4
BMS 405Nerve and Muscle-Toxins, Trauma and Disease3
BMS 409Human and Animal Reproductive Biology3
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology 53
BMS 425Introduction to Systems Neurobiology3
BMS 430Endocrinology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3
BMS 460Essentials of Pathophysiology 53
BMS 487Internship 71-6
BMS 495Independent Study 71-18
BMS 496AHonors: Human Gross Anatomy 81-3
BMS 496BHonors: Physiology Lab 81-3
BMS 496CHonors: Physiology Case Studies 81-3
BMS 496DHonors: Animal Gross Anatomy 81-3
BMS 498Research 71-3
BMS 500Mammalian Physiology I4
BMS 501Mammalian Physiology II4
BMS 521Comparative Reproductive Physiology3
BMS 531Domestic Animal Dissection3
BMS 575Human Anatomy Dissection4
BZ 220Introduction to Evolution3
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II 93
MIP 342Immunology4
MIP 351Medical Bacteriology3
PH 122General Physics II (GT-SC1)5

 Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
: competitive entry controls required and capped enrollment in place. Please see advisor in Department for more information.
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:   The curriculum for the Biomedical Sciences major assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Entering students who are not prepared to take calculus will need to fulfill pre‐calculus requirements in the first semester.  Those pre‐calculus requirements are listed as benchmark courses in Freshman Semester 1 below. LIFE 102 requires high school chemistry as a prerequisite; CHEM 111 requires Algebra II as a prerequisite (this prerequisite is met by having Algebra II by test credit, transfer credit, or placement out of MATH 117 and MATH 118 on Math Placement Exam. 

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Students will be required to take either MATH 155 or MATH 160 in Freshman semester 2. Students who intend to take MATH 160 will need to take MATH 126 in addition to MATH 124 and MATH 125    
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
MATH 124, MATH 125, and MATH 126 must be completed by the end of Semester 1, if necessary.    
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry IIX  3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab IIX  1
Select one course from the following:   4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Select one course from the following:   3
Biomedical SciencesX   
Major Related Elective (see Department List):
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 341Modern Organic Chemistry I   3
LIFE 210Introductory Eukaryotic Cell BiologyX  3
LIFE 212Introductory Cell Biology Laboratory   2
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 302Laboratory in Principles of Physiology   2
BMS 360Fundamentals of PhysiologyX  4
CHEM 343Modern Organic Chemistry II   3
CHEM 344Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory   2
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)  3A3
CHEM 341 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BC 351Principles of Biochemistry   4
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)X 3A5
Major Related Electives (See Department List):   3
Advanced Writing  23
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4-5
Human Gross Anatomy    
Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy    
Microscopic Anatomy    
Major Related Electives (See list on Major requirements tab.):   4
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Electives   3
 Total Credits   14-15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   5
Group A:    
Functional Neuroanatomy  4B 
Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Case Studies  4A,4C 
Group B:    
Cardiopulmonary Physiology  4B 
Perspectives in Cardiopulmonary Diseases  4A,4C 
Group C:    
Essentials of Pathophysiology  4B 
Pathophysiology Perspectives  4A,4C 
Major Related Electives (See list on Major requirements tab.):   3
Electives   7
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MIP 300General MicrobiologyX  3
MIP 302General Microbiology LaboratoryX  2
Major Related Electives (See list on Major requirements tab.):X  3
ElectivesX  7-8
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
 Program Total Credits:   120