Minor in Biomedical Sciences

Minor Overview

Whether you are interested in forensics or want to work in medicine, diagnosing disease and analyzing tissue samples, a minor in biomedical sciences provides valuable expertise for exciting jobs in research, health care, government research, education and law enforcement. You’ll acquire fundamental knowledge of the theories, principles and advances in the basic sciences. You will also develop skills that are essential to work in a hospital laboratory, conduct experiments that may lead to scientific discoveries, analyze toxicology reports for the police or conduct research for companies.

With medical information and technology constantly on the rise, there is an increased demand for specially trained personnel to work in clinical and research laboratories, hospitals, medical schools and government health facilities. Courses such as Pathophysiology, Immunology and Endocrinology help you develop critical thinking skills and understand modern research laboratory techniques.  

Curriculum and Requirements

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers a minor in biomedical sciences, which provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the theories, principles and advances in these basic sciences. Completing this area of concentration may help students qualify for employment in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; the medical diagnostics industry; university-based biomedical research; and city, state and federal health/research laboratories or to continue their education in graduate/professional school. This concentration helps students develop critical thinking skills and understand and utilize modern research laboratory technologies.

The BMS minor consists of 20–24 credits (six classes), at least two of which must be lab-based, all with a grade of “C" or better. No more than two classes may be transferred in from other institutions. The same course cannot count toward a minor in microbiology and biomedical sciences.

Minor Requirements

BMS 200

Biology of Aging

3

BMS 318

Pathophysiology

3

BMS 320

Pharmacology

3

BMS 325

Toxicology

3

BMS 330

Endocrinology

3

BMS 213
    & 213L
    or BMS
    370/370L

Microbiology and Pathology
    and Microbiology and Pathology Lab
General Microbiology

4

BMS 372
    &372L

Pathogenic Microbiology
    and Pathogenic Microbiology Lab

4

BMS 375
    & 375L
    or HSC 375

Immunology
    and Immunology Lab
Immunology

4

BMS/HSC 378

Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases

4

BMS 470

Virology

4

BMS 472

Biotechnology

4

BMS 473

Infections of Leisure

3

BMS 474

Power of Plagues

3

BMS 475

Special Topics in Microbiology

4

BMS 482

    or HSC 378

Independent Study in Microbiology (may be taken twice)
Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases

3-4

Graduate Courses for the BMS Minor (permission required)

HSC 378
    or HSC 378

Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases

3

BMS 525

Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases1

3

BMS 570

Virology2

4

BMS 595

Transplantation Immunology 

3

Total Credits

65-66

Take BMS 378 or BMS 525 not both.
Take BMS 470 or BMS 570 not both.