Jun 16, 2021  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED 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, dentist, veterinarian, 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 general education and 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). Students are required to complete either BS 205 and 206 or BS 310 and 311, but no more than seven lecture credits from 200 and 300 level anatomy and physiology can count toward graduation. No more than 2 credits of anatomy and physiology lab (i.e. BS 207 and BS 208) may count toward graduation. The student must also take a minimum of 9 credits at or above the 400 level (excluding BS 400 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.  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.


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

Biomedical Sciences Fundamental Requirements

Three credits of Biological Sciences courses at the 400-level

Science Elective Requirements

Students must complete 4-6 additional credits of science electives (excluding BS 101 and BS 204) to complete 36 credits of fundamental requirements.  Students may choose from clinical biology courses (see above) or the science electives listed below.   

Science Elective Courses

Additional Curricular Requirements

  • General Education Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 6
  • General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 6
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 6


 Choose one of the following depending on career goal:


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


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111–114 for CH 101-104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211–214 for CH 201-204.
  3. Students may receive credit towards the BMS major for only one of BS 358 (Principles and Applications of Immunology), BS 455 (Infection and Immunity), or BS 456 (Immunobiology).

Potential Tracks of Specialization

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

Choices for possible tracks could include:

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

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits/Semester: 15-16

Spring Semester

Credits/Semester: 16-17

Second Year

Fall Semester

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

Credits/Semester: 18

Spring Semester

  • Free Elective or Science 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 elective or Free elective Credits: 3–4
  • General Education Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16-18

Spring Semester

  • Clinical Biology elective or Free Electives Credits: 3-4
  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17-18

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: 3-4

Credits/Semester: 11-12

Total Minimum Credits: 127


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. 

5. Students may substitute SS 222 for ST 310.  

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