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Dual-Degree BS/MHS in Biomedical Sciences (4+1)

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Introduction

The field of biomedical science is constantly offering new opportunities for those leveraging the right knowledge and technical expertise. Quinnipiac’s Dual-Degree BS/MHS in Biomedical Sciences covers the educational and technical needs of the biomedical profession, opening doors to careers in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics and medical research, or paving the way to medical school or doctoral study.

Program Overview

Your pathway to a diverse and fulfilling career in the biomedical sciences

The Dual-Degree BS/MHS in Biomedical Sciences (4+1) provides you with the skills you’ll need to manage the complex operations carried out today in hospitals and research facilities, as well as the critical thinking skills and knowledge of the biomedical sciences required by PhD programs and medical schools. The versatile program offers concentrations in medical sciences or microbiology, preparing you to embark on an exciting career in the biomedical profession, or to pursue advanced degrees in areas such as neurobiology or forensics.

Our curriculum grounds you in the principles and methods of scientific research, as well as the latest advances in biomedical, biotechnological and laboratory sciences. The program emphasizes hands-on experience in our highly sophisticated teaching and learning labs and through the use of state-of-the-art equipment. You'll also have opportunities to collaborate with faculty members on research related to the specific field you plan to enter once you graduate.

You’ll receive guidance and individualized attention at every step, and your academic adviser will work with you to customize your experience in a way that reflects your particular interests and career goals. Multiple job fairs and alumni networking events draw recruiters from prestigious firms within the biomedical industry including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Covidien. Our Office of Career Development also helps arrange a variety of internship opportunities at companies both in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast.

School of Health Sciences Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences Martine Mirrione guides biomedical science students, from left, Alison Sawyer ’21 and Hedib Alrawili ’19 through a laboratory procedure in a Buckman Center biology lab on our Mount Carmel Campus.

Making a tangible difference

School of Health Sciences Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences Martine Mirrione guides biomedical science students, from left, Alison Sawyer ’21 and Hedib Alrawili ’19 through a laboratory procedure in a Buckman Center biology lab on our Mount Carmel Campus.

Faculty Profile

Offering industry-leading research

Professor Martine Mirrione brings the experience of a research institution to Quinnipiac — with her focus on neuroscience, pharmacology, neuroimaging and behavior. She is currently examining the link between neuronal circuits and depression symptoms, and the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation therapy for treating depression in individuals.  Mirrione’s research has been published in national journals, including Nature, The Journal of Neuroscience and Synapse. She regularly speaks at conferences and has received many scholarships and awards for her work, including one from the National Science Foundation. 

For Mirrione, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences, the lab is not a solitary place for individual pursuits, but one where she expands her role as an educator. She is most inspired — personally and professionally — when mentoring undergraduates on their own research projects, or guiding graduate students through their thesis projects.

Martine Mirrione speaks to her class

Learn from experience

Martine Mirrione speaks to her class

“I am delighted to help students realize the joy of scientific exploration and practice. In both the classroom and laboratory, my goal is to engage student interest by creating a lively interactive atmosphere, maximizing the learning potential of each individual student,” said Mirrione.

Mirrione frequently uses visuals to aid in the learning of important principles and concepts. She also believes in connecting ideas through hands-on experiments, which in turn exposes her students to emerging technology and techniques in the process. 

“Technology and research methods are constantly changing,” she said. “It is important that our students are not intimidated by that change.”

Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BS/MHS in Biomedical Sciences (Concentrations in Medical Sciences or Microbiology) Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150 General Biology for Majors 4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
MA 140
or MA 141
Pre-Calculus 1
or Calculus of a Single Variable
3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151 Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics 4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
BMS 278 Research and Technology 3
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
BMS 370
& 370L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall Semester
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
Science Elective 3
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Choose one of the following 4
BMS 472
Biotechnology (Lecture & Lab Combined)  
BIO 471
& 471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
 
Science Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits14-15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 518 Pathophysiology 3
BMS 522
& 522L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
Science Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Spring Semester
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
Science Elective 3-4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3
UC Personal Inquiry 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 502 Research Methods 4
BMS 532
& 532L
Histology
and Histology Lab
4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3-4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3
 Credits14-15
Spring Semester
BMS 670 Comp Exam/Biomedical Sciences 2 2
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3-4
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3
Graduate Level BMS Specialization/Elective 3
 Credits14-15
 Total Credits150-155
1

Minimum mathematics requirement: MA 140. For those interested in graduate or professional schools, MA 141 is recommended.

2

The comprehensive exam must be completed by April 15 of the fifth year.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination in biomedical sciences (2 credits) is a requirement for the non-thesis option in the Biomedical Sciences program. The purpose of the exam is two-fold. First, the student must demonstrate broad and specific knowledge expected of someone holding a master’s degree. Second, the student must be able to integrate knowledge obtained from individual courses into unified concepts which link the student’s own specialization to other fields of study. The student is given two opportunities to demonstrate competency. A written essay exam is administered by a designated faculty member. Students should schedule an appointment with the program director before registering for the comprehensive exam.

Areas of Specialization

Medical Sciences

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 532Histology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
PA 515Human Physiology4

Microbiology

Core Courses
BMS 502Research Methods4
BMS 522Immunology3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
Specialization Electives
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3

Graduate Science Electives

Open Electives
BIO 505Writing and Science3
BIO 515Advanced Biochemistry4
BIO 568Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 571Molecular Genetics4
BIO 605DNA Methods Laboratory4
BIO 606Protein Methods Laboratory4
BMS 508Advanced Biology of Aging3
BMS 510Biostatistics3
BMS 511Writing for Scientists3
BMS 517Human Embryology3
BMS 518Pathophysiology3
BMS 520Neuropharmacology3
BMS 521Advances in Hematology3
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 527Pharmacology3
BMS 528Advanced Clinical Parasitology4
BMS 532Histology4
BMS 535Histochemistry3
BMS 552Toxicology3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 562Blood Coagulation and Hemostasis3
BMS 563Anemias3
BMS 564Fundamentals of Oncology4
BMS 565Leukemia3
BMS 569Antimicrobial Therapy3
BMS 570Virology4
BMS 572Pathogenic Microbiology4
BMS 573Mycology3
BMS 575Food Microbiology4
BMS 576Drug Discovery and Development3
BMS 578Cellular Basis of Neurobiological Disorders3
BMS 579Molecular Pathology3
BMS 583Forensic Pathology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3
BMS 591The New Genetics and Human Future3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 598Synaptic Organization of the Brain3
BMS 599Biomarkers3
BMS 688Independent Study2
BMS 689Independent Study2
PA 515Human Physiology4
PA 535Disease Mechanisms4

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