Biomedical Sciences Major

Biomedical science puts foundational scientific knowledge into practice, spurring innovation in interventions, technology and biomedical engineering. This major is specifically designed for students planning to pursue careers in the allied health professions, translational medical research, and related areas. It is not well suited for students interested in entering medical, dental, veterinary and similar professional schools.  Students interested in this programs, or doctoral programs in biology, should consider the BS in Biology instead.

Goal 1:  Students will understand cell structure and function, the organization of biological systems, and the evolution of biological diversity.

Outcome 1.1: Students will be able to describe human anatomy, physiology, and specialized organ and tissue processes.

Outcome 1.2: Students will be able to describe cellular, genetic, biochemical, and organismal-level processes of living organisms, including humans and human diseases.

Outcome 1.3: Students will be able to describe important areas in other scientific areas that relate to human health, including chemistry, physics, statistical analysis, and others.

Goal 2: Students will develop skills in experimental design and the presentation of scientific information.

Outcome 2.1: Students will be able to design an experiment, operate basic laboratory equipment, reduce and present data that includes the interpretation of statistical tests.

Outcome 2.2: Students will be able to develop written and oral presentations of scientific content.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate career preparation through learning opportunities that are closely related to the field.

Outcome 3.1: Students will complete the BIO 290 Career Development Seminar, attend multiple semesters of the BIO 390 Seminar series, and be exposed to various professions in biologically-related areas.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

First Year Seminar
BIO 150LBio I: Cells Lab Phage0
Incoming first-year students can apply to be part of the BIO 150L Phage Safari lab in place of the BIO 101L. Phage fulfills both the lab requirement and the FYS requirement.

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

MAT 155Fundamentals of Calculus (or a higher-level calculus course)3
or MAT 161 Calculus I
Natural Science
BIO 101
Bio I: Cells
and Bio I: Cells Lab
or BIO 150L Bio I: Cells Lab Phage

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

CHM 125
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II 1
CHM 215
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
PHY 101
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I 3

CHM 120 and CHM 120L are prerequisites for CHM 125 and CHM 125L.


CHM 210 and CHM 210L are prerequisites for CHM 215 and CHM 215L


The Biomedical Sciences major only requires the first semester of general physics.  Please note that some professional and graduate programs require BOTH semesters.  The second semester can be taken, but it will serve as a free elective. 

Major Requirements

BIO 102
Bio II: Genetics
and Bio II: Genetics Lab
or BIO 151L Phage Lab
BIO 201
Bio III: Organismic Biology
and Bio III: Organismic Biol Lab
BIO 260
Anat&Physiol for Al Hlth I
and Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
BIO 261
Anat&Physiol for Al Hlth II
and Anatomy & Physiology Lab II
BIO 290Career Development Seminar0
BIO 390Biology Seminar0
MAT 128Applied Statistics3
Four courses total, with at least one course from each of the following three groups:
Group A: Clinical and Translational Biology
BIO 218Hematology3
BIO 219Nutrition3
BIO 230Basic Concepts & Proc MLS4
BIO 424Biotechnology4
BIO 428Histopathology4
BIO 425Bacterial Pathogenesis4
BIO 433Parasitology3
Group B: Biological Foundations of Medicine
BIO 336Plant Therapeutics3
BIO 402Advanced Cell Biology4
BIO 404Biochemistry3
BIO 411Molecular Genetics4
BIO 412Neurobiology4
BIO 415Immunology4
BIO 416Microbiology4
BIO 430Neurological Disorders4
BIO 434Biology of Aging3
BIO 436Virology3
Group C: Connect and Impacts of Biology
BIO 220Plant Diversity and Morphology3
BIO 372Aquatic Biology4
BIO 401Animal Behavior4
BIO 409Ecology4
BIO 413Plant Physiological Ecology4
BIO 419Invertebrate Zoology4
BIO 422Applied&Environ Microbio4
BIO 423Evolution4
BIO 429Environmental Science4
BIO 474Emrg Bio Threat & Glbl Sustain3

Free Electives

At least 18 credits. Biomedical Sciences majors may use CHM 120/CHM 120LCHM 210/CHM 210L, and PHY 101/PHY 101L as free electives if they wish. This will allow them to take fewer courses. Alternatively, Biomedical Sciences majors can choose to take 5 courses each semester, and so have more free electives to use for a second major, minors, etc.