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  Dec 16, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 University Catalog

Biomedical Sciences – Major


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This degree program allows students to choose from a variety of tracks of study to prepare for positions within the wider healthcare industry. Examples of these positions are physician, physician assistant, audiologist, optometrist, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, clinical research technician, or laboratory research technician. This degree offers a flexible but rigorous program of study taking into account the prerequisites of the above types of positions in the healthcare field.

This program provides flexibility in course selection within the sciences. Examples of curricular flexibility leading to potential tracks of specialization in neuroscience, clinical science, plant science, or biotechnology are shown below.

Biomedical Sciences Degree Requirements*


To qualify for the bachelor of science in biomedical sciences, a minimum of 127 credit hours of approved courses is required. Included in these 127 credits must be all the fundamental course requirements. The student must complete 36 credits in science electives (excluding BS 101 and BS 204). The student must take at least one course with a clinical focus (see list below). The student must also take a minimum of 9 credits at or above the 400 level (excluding BS 400, BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499). Of these 9 credits, the student must earn a grade of “P” (pass) in each of the two seminar courses (BS 493 and BS 494) and a grade of “C-” or higher in at least 7 credits at the 400 level or higher. In addition, the University’s general education curriculum must be completed to earn the BS in biomedical sciences. Students must complete enough credit hours in addition to those required by the General Education Curriculum and the bachelor of science in biomedical sciences curriculum to reach a minimum total of 127. Biomedical Sciences majors may elect no more than seven lecture credits from one of the anatomy and physiology series to count toward graduation. No more than 2 credits of anatomy and physiology lab (i.e. BS 207 and BS 208) may count toward graduation.

At the 200 level and above, only those biological sciences (BS) credits for which a student has earned a grade of “C-” or better will count toward the minimum biological sciences (BS) credits required for graduation. Credit hours earned in a course of a biological nature offered by a department other than the Department of Biological Sciences may only be used to meet the minimum credits required to qualify for a bachelor of science in biomedical sciences with the written approval of the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

In order to earn a degree from Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Note:


*All exceptions or waivers of individual course requirements are at the discretion of the department chairperson.

Clinical Biology and Science Elective Requirements


Students must take one clinical biology course from the list below. The student must complete 36 credits of science electives (excluding BS 101 and BS 204) of which at least 9 credits must be at or above the 400 level (excluding BS 400, BS 420, BS 471, BS 472, and BS 499) from the clinical biology course and science elective lists below.

Science Elective Courses


Additional Curricular Requirements (39–44 credits)


Biochemistry


 Choose one of the following depending on career goal:

Physics


 Choose one of the following physics options depending on career goal:

 

Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111–114 for CH 101-104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211–214 for CH 201-204.

Potential Tracks of Specialization


Students have the freedom to shape customized degree tracks based on their interests.

Electives and choices for possible tracks could include:

Sample Biomedical Sciences Curriculum (Full year of Physics and full year of Anatomy and Physiology with optional lab)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15-16


Credits/Semester: 16-17


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

 

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Clinical Biology Course Credits: 3–4
  • General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16-18


Spring Semester


  • Free Electives Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Science Elective Credits: 3-4
  • Free Electives Credits: 10

Credits/Semester: 14-15


Spring Semester


  • Free Electives Credits: 7
  • Biological Sciences Elective Credits: 2-4

Credits/Semester: 10-12


Total Minimum Credits: 127


Footnotes:


1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/CH 113 and CH 112/CH 114 for CH 101/ CH103 and CH 102/CH 104. 

2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/CH 213 and CH 212/CH 214 for CH 201/CH 203 and CH 202/CH 204. 

3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202. 

4. Students planning to graduate in January of final year need to complete Seminar sequence in their third year. 

Sample Biomedical Sciences Curriculum (Survey of Physics, Survey of Biochemistry (CH 340), and full year of Anatomy & Physiology with optional lab)


Students entering in Catalog Years 2017 and beyond (graduating classes of 2021 and beyond) - with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15-16


Credits/Semester: 16-17


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

 

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Free Elective Credits: 6
  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Clinical Biology Course Credits: 3–4
  • General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17-18


Spring Semester


  • Science Elective Credit: 3-4
  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17-18


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Biological Sciences Elective Credits: 3-4
  • Free Electives Credits: 12-13

Credits/Semester: 16-18


Spring Semester


  • Science Elective Credits: 2-4
  • Free Electives Credits: 7-9

Credits/Semester: 10-14


Total Minimum Credits: 127


Footnotes:


1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/CH 113 and CH 112/CH 114 for CH 101/CH 103 and CH 102/CH 104. 

2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/CH 213 and CH 212/CH 214 for CH 201/CH 203 and CH 202/CH 204. 

3. Students planning to graduate in January of final year need to complete Seminar sequence in their third year. 

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