Biology: Biomedical Sciences Major

Why study biology and the biomedical sciences at CMU?

The biology-related programs provide students with a strong background to prepare them for future careers or graduate study in biology. Consider some key features distinguishing these programs:

  • Advanced facilities, including research laboratories, an animal room, a computer laboratory, electron microscopes, and a greenhouse
  • The only university in Michigan and one of two in the Midwest that operates an island research station - the CMU Biological Research Station on Beaver Island located in northern Lake Michigan
  • Fieldwork opportunities at Neithercut Woodland, located just miles north of CMU's campus
  • CMU is the only university in the nation with a bachelor's degree option in microscopy

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 9 to 17 percent.
  • Recent budget increases at the National Institutes of Health have led to large increases in federal research and development expenditures.
  • New industrial applications of biotechnology, such as changing how companies make ethanol for transportation fuel, also will spur demand for biological scientists.

Career options

Graduates of the biology-related programs at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Biological Researcher
  • Cell Biologist
  • Elementary or High School Teacher
  • Forestry Technician
  • Microscopist
  • Soil Scientist
  • University or College Professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoologist


Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Biology/Biomedical Sciences Major

The Biomedical Sciences Major is designed for students interested in pursuing professional programs in human and/or animal medicine or biomedical research. This course of study is designed to satisfy the prerequisites for admission into professional programs as well as provide students with the breadth and depth of scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics to perform well on required admission exams for professional programs, such as the MCAT, DAT or GRE.
Total: 71-75 semester hours Volunteering, job shadowing and/or work experience in the biomedical profession of the student's choice is required for admission to many professional programs. The student should consult an advisor as to the hours required for admittance into a program within their area of interest. Proficiency in conversational Spanish is recommended for students seeking careers in health professions.
Required Courses I
(24 hours)
BIO 110
Concepts of Biology
BIO 208
BIO 218
General Zoology
BIO 324
Cell Biology
BIO 326
BIO 392
Mammalian Physiology
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
Required Courses II
(12 hours)
Advanced level courses are divided into two categories: a) Integrative Courses and b) Medical and Speciality Courses. Students must select 12 hours with at least 3 hours selected from the Integrative Courses in consultation with an advisor. In addition, at least 6 hours must be laboratory courses (BIO 524, 544, 580, 325, 337, 536, 537, 577, HSC 214) .
a.) Integrative Courses
b.) Medical and Specialty Courses
Required Courses III
(2 hours)
Select one of the following capstone experiences:
Notes: BIO 490 may be repeated with a different topic for a total of 2 credits. BIO 495 must be taken for at least 2 credits.
BIO 403
Undergraduate Research
BIO 490
Biomedical Sciences Capstone Seminar
BIO 495
Undergraduate Internship in Biology
Other Requirements I
(4 hours)
Note: A course higher than MTH 130 may be chosen in consultation with an advisor.
MTH 130
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Other Requirements II
(8-9 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option I
(8 hours)
Option II
(9 hours)
Other Requirements IV
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option I
(3 hours)
Option II
(6 hours)
Other Requirements III
(8 hours)
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Other Requirements V
(5 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option I
Option II
Other Requirements VI
(5 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option I
Option II

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