Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Program Contact: Thomas C. Brady 203-582-8609

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. The curriculum for this degree program provides the student with a solid foundation in the basic and biomedical sciences, which allows the student to pursue many different avenues of opportunity depending upon his/her goals and interests. In addition to courses in science and mathematics, students are required to take a selection of University Curriculum courses (designated UC on the curriculum). The entire curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong program in basic and biomedical sciences, as well as a well-rounded educational experience through the University Curriculum. To remain in good academic standing within the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 overall, as well as in math and science.

Students completing this degree may 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. Additionally, a student with this degree may wish to continue his/her education in graduate/professional school in: biological and/or biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, forensic sciences, microbiological sciences, molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, neurobiology, plus many other areas.

Students who excel in this program (>3.0 GPA overall and in science/math) may be eligible to participate in a research project with a faculty member or an internship in an area company sometime during their junior or senior year. This depends upon the availability of mentors and internships at the particular time. Upper-level BMS students in good academic standing (>3.0 GPA overall and in science/math) may also be permitted to take 2–3 graduate courses to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. See policy here.

The technical standards for individuals working in the biomedical field may include the following abilities: to effectively communicate via oral and written expression; exhibit general fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination appropriate to performing delicate procedures; distinguish between subtle shades of color; read comprehend, and interpret scientific/medical information from professional sources. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students may choose to minor in any area of study, although BMS students often choose to pursue one (or more) of these particular minors:

  1. microbiology and immunology
  2. chemistry
  3. psychology

Students should work with their BMS major adviser and with their minor adviser to choose appropriate courses.

BS in Biomedical Sciences 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
Pre-Calculus 1
or Calculus of a Single Variable I
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 & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & 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
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
BMS 375
375L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
Science Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
Choose one of the following 4
Biotechnology (Lecture & Lab Combined)  
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
 
Science Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
CHE 315
315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
Science Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Spring Semester
Science Elective 4
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
Science Elective 3-4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits16-17
 Total Credits125-127
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Minimum mathematics requirement: MA 140. For those interested in graduate or professional schools, MA 141 is recommended.

Students interested in graduate or professional school should investigate research and/or an independent study.

Science Electives

Take 15-17 credits from any BIO, BMS, HSC, CHE or PHY course at the 200 level or above. Three courses must be BMS.

Open Electives

Students may take 6 credits of 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-credit courses. BMS majors may not take 100 level "science for non-science majors" classes as open electives.

Minors

Science and open electives may be taken to complete minors from a variety of disciplines such as microbiology/immunology, chemistry and psychology. Students should discuss course selection for minors with their academic adviser.

Biomedical Sciences Electives

BMS 200Biology of Aging3
BMS 213
213L
Microbiology and Pathology
and Microbiology and Pathology Lab
4
BMS 276Drug Development3
BMS 278Research and Technology3
BMS 300
300L
The Physiology of Human Performance I
and The Physiology of Human Performance I Lab
4
BMS 301
301L
Physiology of Human Performance II
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
4
BMS 310Neuroanatomy3
BMS 318Pathophysiology3
BMS 320Pharmacology3
BMS 325Toxicology3
BMS 330Endocrinology3
BMS 332Histology4
BMS 370
370L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
BMS 372
372L
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
4
BMS 375
375L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
BMS 378Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases3
BMS 470
470L
Virology
and Virology Lab
4
BMS 472Biotechnology4
BMS 473Infections of Leisure3
BMS 474Power of Plagues3
BMS 481Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences I1-4
BMS 482Independent Study in Microbiology1-4
BMS 483Independent Study in Microbiology1-4
BMS 498Independent Study in Biomedical Sciences I1-4
BMS 499Independent Study in Biomedical Sciences II1-4
BMS 502Research Methods4

BMS Mission Statement 

The mission of the Biomedical Sciences program is to provide students with a solid basic science foundation in preparation for studying the upper-level biomedical-related sciences. This is meant to provide maximum flexibility to students who are interested in pursuing one of the medical-related professions (e.g., physician, physician assistant, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, chiropractor, etc.), or graduate programs (MS/PhD) in the biomedical sciences (e.g., cancer biology, stem cell technology, cloning technology, molecular genetics, microbiology, immunology, etc.). Additionally, students who choose not to go on to graduate or professional school are able to apply for research and development positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. 

BMS students have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that may be applicable in a variety of biomedical fields after graduation, including effective communication via oral and written expression; exhibition of general fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination appropriate to performing delicate procedures; reading comprehension, critical thinking, visual literacy, interpretation of scientific/medical information from professional sources, etc.

Admission Into the Program

Admission into the Biomedical Sciences program is dependent on the applicant’s potential to pursue a university program and on past academic performance. The high school student applying for admission into the Biomedical Sciences program should have a strong background in the biological sciences. To remain in good standing within the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 overall, as well as in math and science.

Transfer Students from within Quinnipiac University

Students currently attending Quinnipiac in another program may be accepted into the Biomedical Sciences program based upon a review of qualifications by the program director. Students may apply upon completion of at least one semester at Quinnipiac. Students transferring in as a junior (i.e., 57 credits or more) must have completed both the general biology requirements, specifically, 8 credits of BIO 101 & BIO 102 or BIO 150 & BIO 151, and the general chemistry requirements, specifically, 8 credits of Quinnipiac’s CHE 110 & CHE 111 prior to entry into the upper-class component of the program. Student must also meet the performance standards of the program (GPA of 2.5 overall, as well as in math and science).

Transfer Students from Other Colleges and Universities

Transfer students from other colleges and universities may be accepted into the Biomedical Sciences program. These students must meet the program’s performance standards and course requirements. For all transfer students, a minimum GPA of 2.67 is required. Students transferring in as a junior (i.e., 57 credits or more) must have completed both the general biology requirements, specifically, the equivalent of 8 credits of Quinnipiac’s BIO 101 & BIO 102 or BIO 150 & BIO 151, and the general chemistry requirements, specifically, the equivalent of 8 credits of Quinnipiac’s CHE 110 & CHE 111 prior to entry into the upper-class component of the program. Transfer students wishing to enter this program will be given appropriate transfer credit for previous college work.

Premedical Studies Program

Students majoring in Health Science Studies, Biology, Biomedical Sciences or the natural science track of Behavioral Neuroscience may fully participate in the premedical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students should refer to Premedical Studies for more information about the premedical studies program and contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.