Degree: B.S., Biology
Department of Biological Sciences
Biology encompasses the study of all living things and their interaction with the environment. The Department faculty is dedicated to providing students with a strong undergraduate education in the fundamental principles of biology, while offering opportunities and encouraging students to pursue specialized interests in health-related professions.
The Biomedical Sciences major is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences. The track provides students with the knowledge and the skills to be successful candidates for graduate study in a broad range of health-related fields including medical, dental, physician’s assistant, nursing, physical therapy, and more. Students who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology with a major in Biomedical Science.
This program provides discipline-specific knowledge required for students to pursue graduate programs in the health sciences. It provides a thorough foundation in biology’s fundamental principles including organism function, cell biology, genetics, physiology and the research process. Command of these core concepts is necessary for students to understand complex biological problems and to apply their knowledge to health-related problems. Four health related natural science electives are required so that students can develop a strong understanding of the basis of human health. Additionally, students must choose one course on societal perspectives on health which will expose students to a variety of health care concerns and provide a framework for the students to understand and have empathy for their patients.
The Biomedical Sciences major also emphasizes skills that students need to be effective health care providers. The capstone experience for this track focuses on the clinical experiences that are necessary for students to gain perspective on the true nature of their chosen profession and required of all health-related graduate programs. Students can utilize their health-related internships, study abroad, or research experience to apply what they have learned and satisfy the beyond the classroom learning requirement.
|BIOL 126||Phage Hunters II||4|
|or BIOL 132||Organism Function and Diversity|
|BIOL 260||Biostatistics and Research Design||3|
|BIOL 340||Cellular Biology||4|
|BIOL 341||General Genetics||4|
|BIOL 413||Human Physiology||4|
|Four health related natural science electives (at least two courses must have labs) from:||15|
|Anatomy Chordates, w/lab|
or BIOL 384
|Nutrition and Metabolism|
|Molecular Biology of the Gene|
|Biology of Cancer|
|Research-Intensive Topics in Biology 2|
|Organic Chemistry I|
|One course on the societal perspective on health from: 3||3|
|Global Perspectives on Health and Illness|
|One Capstone Experience (minimum 3 credits) from: 4||3|
|Special Problems in Biology|
Approved sections only.
Approved sections only.
The "Writing about Medicine" topic (202D) of ENGL 202 Writing Seminar may also be used to satisfy this requirement.
An approved study abroad experience or a Biology Research Intensive course may also be used to satisfy this requirement.
Biological Sciences Department
Lynn O. Lewis, Chair
Lynn O. Lewis, Career Advisor, Pre-Veterinary
Stephen G. Gallik, Career Advisor, Pre-Medical/Dental
Deborah A. O’Dell, Career Advisor, Biology and Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy
Alan B. Griffith, Career Advisor, Allied Health
Dianne M. Baker
Andrew S. Dolby
Stephen G. Gallik
Alan B. Griffith
Lynn O. Lewis
Deborah A. O’Dell
Theresa M. Grana
Abbie M. Tomba
Bradley A. Lamphere
Ginny R. Morriss
R. Parrish Waters
April N. Wynn
Michael C. Stebar