Biology/Biomedical Sciences

​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Biomedical scientists analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, working to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care. If you’re interested in pursuing professional programs in human and/or animal medicine or biomedical research, this major is designed just for you. This course of study is designed to satisfy the prerequisites for admission into professional programs and teaches the scientific concepts of biology, chemistry and physics needed to perform well on admissions exams such as the MCAT, DAT or GRE.​​

Points of Pride

CMU’s $95 million Biosciences Building is the largest capital project ever in the university’s 120-plus year history. The four-story, 169,000-square-foot building, opening for classes in January 2017, will dramatically advance the university’s instructional learning and scientific research space.

Put Your Degree to Work

Biomedical scientists work in manufacturing, universities, hospitals, corporate, educational and medical institution research facilities and governmental regulatory agencies. Employment is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will be strong as our aging population needs more medical care.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Biomedical engineer$86,960 per year27% (5,200 more jobs)
Medical scientist$76,980 per year13% (13,700 more jobs)
Biological technician$39,750 per year10% (8,000 more jobs)

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.

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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
4
BIO 208
Microbiology
3
BIO 218
General Zoology
3
BIO 324
Cell Biology
3
BIO 326
Genetics
4
BIO 392
Mammalian Physiology
4
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
3
Required Courses II
(12 hours)
Twelve credits of advanced level elective biomedical courses from the list below are required. Students may substitute up to one course from the following: a 300 level or higher biology course (except those listed in Required Courses III) with permission of a biology advisor, or HSC 214, or HSC 411. At least 3 of the 12 credits must be at the 500 level. At least one of the courses must be a course with an accompanying lab from the list below.
Notes: BIO 397, 497, and 597 may only be taken with permission of advisor.
BIO 320
Biology of Bacteria
3
BIO 325
Biotechnology
3
BIO 337
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
4
BIO 397
Special Topics in Biology
1-6
Other Requirements III
(8 hours)
CHM 346
Organic Chemistry II
3
BIO 497
Special Topics in Biology
1-9
BIO 501
Evolution
3
BIO 524
Molecular Biology
3
BIO 534
Endocrinology
3
BIO 536
Histology
3
BIO 537
Immunology
3
BIO 539
Virology
3
BIO 544
Developmental Biology
4
BIO 545
Molecular Genetics
3
BIO 546
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
1
BIO 570
Cellular Dynamics
3
BIO 571
Cellular Dynamics Laboratory
1
BIO 576
Animal Cell Culture
4
BIO 580
Medical Microbiology
4
BIO 585
Conservation Medicine
3
BIO 590
Cardiovascular Physiology
3
Other Requirements V
(5 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR5A-BIO:MSC
Option I
OR5B-BIO:MSC
Option II
Other Requirements VI
(5 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR6A-BIO:MSC
Option I
BIO 591
Neurophysiology
3
BIO 597
Special Topics In Biology
1-9
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
3-4
BIO 490
Biomedical Sciences Capstone Seminar
1-2
BIO 495
Undergraduate Internship in Biology
1-4
Other Requirements I
(4 hours)
Select one of the following courses:
Note: A course higher than MTH 130 may be chosen in consultation with an advisor.
MTH 130
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
4
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
Other Requirements II
(8-9 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR2A-BIO:MSC
Option I
(8 hours)
OR2B-BIO:MSC
Option II
(9 hours)
Other Requirements IV
(3-6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR3A-BIO:MSC
Option I
(3 hours)
OR3B-BIO:MSC
Option II
(6 hours)
CHM 345
Organic Chemistry I
3
CHM 349
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
2
OR6B-BIO:MSC
Option II

 Grads on Fire

Alexandria Corrado, ’11, is an Institutional Review Board coordinator in research at Troy Internal Medicine.

Nicole Hendricks, ’05, is a medical laboratory scientist at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

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