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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 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 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 130 credit hours of approved courses is required. Included in these 130 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 130. Biomedical Sciences majors may elect no more than seven lecture credits, taken from one of the anatomy and physiology series, to count toward graduation; and no more than 2 credits of anatomy and physiology lab 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.


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

Clinical Biology Requirement And Science Electives

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 Electives

Additional Curricular Requirements (39–44 credits)


 Choose one of the following depending on career goal:


 Choose one of the following physics sequences 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.

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 General Biomedical Sciences Curriculum

Students entering in Catalog Year 2013 and beyond (graduating classes of 2017 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • Physics requirement Credits: 4
  • Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3

(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17

Spring Semester

  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Physics requirement Credits: 4
    Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3

(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17–18

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • Anatomy and Physiology Requirement Credits: 3–4
  • Cllinical Biology Course Credits: 3–4
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16–19

Spring Semester

  • Anatomy and Physiology Sequence Credits: 4
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
  • Science Electives Credits: 9

Credits/Semester: 19

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

  • Science Electives Credits: 12–14
  • Science Elective Course at 400 Level Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16–18

Spring Semester

  • Science Electives Credits: 10–12

Credits/Semester: 15–17

Total Minimum Credits for BS in Biomedical Sciences: 130

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