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The biomedical sciences concentration serves students in the biological sciences BS degree program who wish to pursue careers in medicine, other health professions or biomedical research in an academic, clinical or industry settings. The curriculum aligns with the broad scientific competencies recommended for premed students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Committee and reflected in the 2015 changes to the MCAT.
Coursework draws from the school's concentration in genetics, cell and developmental biology and the concentration in neurobiology, physiology and behavior, with the addition of courses in biology and in medicine and society. The concentration focuses on the chemistry, biochemistry, math and physics coursework that is necessary to prepare students for the MCAT or medical school admissions. The concentration emphasizes core concepts, competencies and critical intellectual skills necessary to succeed in medical school or biomedical research.
Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) (BS)
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Upon completion of the biological sciences degree with a concentration in biomedical sciences, students will be well-equipped to enter into careers as research scientists or as scientists in the health professions. Students will have met the majority of prerequisite requirements and mastered many of the competencies valued by graduate programs in medical, dental and optometry fields or in programs which prepare students to be physician assistants or physical therapists. Additionally, graduates of this program will have an understanding of the process of science preparing them for a career in research. They will have knowledge of foundational concepts in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and statistics, as well as the ability to understand and apply core biomedical concepts. This will prepare students to enter into biology research in a vast number of areas, some of which include genetics, genomics, evolution, physiology and immunology.