Biomedical Sciences Option

The curriculum of the biomedical sciences option provides a strong background for students who plan on a career in medicine or other health profession. This option is also for students that are interested in a biomedical sciences career in research or teaching in cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, or neuroscience. The curriculum provides the opportunity to take the courses necessary to make a competitive application to health profession school, graduate school or to obtain a technical position.   The curriculum has sufficient breadth to introduce the student to a wide range of disciplines, but is flexible enough so that students can focus, in their last two years, on areas of specific interest. Students interested in a career in a health science profession should consult the Health Professions Advising Office for information regarding admission to professional schools.

Employment opportunities, especially at the technical level, are available with a B.S. in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. However, this curriculum is designed to better prepare students for professional or graduate training. The biomedical sciences curriculum is designed to allow the students to take basic courses in physical sciences while tailoring the courses in life sciences to meet their personal objectives and interests. This is done by allowing 24 of the required credits in Biology to be elective credits in life sciences; biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or other appropriate fields. Advanced students are strongly encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research. This provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience in biomedical research which is extremely useful for both an appreciation of the research effort required in graduate school and for gaining experience in technical methods for a technical position.

Freshman YearCredits
BIOH 185 - Integrated Physiology I4  
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I
& CHMY 142 - College Chemistry I Lab
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
University Core and Electives 4  
BIOB 260 - Cellular and Molecular Biology  5
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II
& CHMY 144 - College Chemistry II Lab
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus  4
Year Total: 15 16
Sophomore YearCredits
CHMY 321 - Organic Chemistry I
& CHMY 322 - Organic Chemistry I Lab
PHSX 205 - College Physics I4  
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics3  
University Core and Electives 4  
CHMY 323 - Organic Chemistry II
& CHMY 324 - Organic Chemistry II Lab
NEUR 313 - Neurophysiology  3
PHSX 207 - College Physics II  4
University Core and Electives   4
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
BCH 380 - Biochemistry
& BCH 381 - Biochemistry Lab
or BCH 441 and BCH 442
BIOH 320 - Biomedical Genetics3  
University Core and Electives 7  
WRIT 201 - College Writing II  3
University Core and Electives   12
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
BIOB 499 - Senior Thesis/Capstone2  
University Core and Elective13  
BIOB 420 - Evolution  3
BIOB 425 - Adv Cell & Molecular Biology  3
University Core and Elective  9
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 121

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 24 additional elective credits in the life sciences must be completed, most typically from courses in Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Microbiology and Immunology, and Biochemistry. Of these 24 credits, at least 18 must be upper division.  See the department office for a full list of approved electives.

Examples of elective courses include, but are not limited to:

BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 476RGene Construction4
BIOH 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIOH 211Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOH 303Global Diseases and Health Disparities3
BIOH 305Human Skeletal Biology3
BIOH 323Human Developmental Biology4
BIOH 409Advanced Human Torso Anatomy4
BIOH 411Advanced Human Anatomy4
BIOH 420Molecular Genetics3
BIOH 422Genes and Cancer3
BIOH 445Introduction to Pharmacology3
BIOH 458Human Pathophysiology3
NEUR 428RMolecular Basis of Neurological Diseases3
BIOH 454Microanatomy (Histology)3
BIOH 465RGene Expression Lab: From Genes to Proteins to Cells3
BIOM 435Virology3
NEUR 309Human Neuroanatomy4
NEUR 425Sensory Neurophysiology3
NEUR 430Neuroethology3
NEUR 435Cognitive Neuroscience3
NEUR 440Neuroscience of Mental Illness3
NEUR 444Modeling Brain Disorders3
NEUR 455Molecular Medicine3