Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

The program inculcates in students a perspective for the genuine well-being of each individual through a preventive, integrative, and holistic approach to biomedical science; combining state-of-the-art advances in western medicine with wisdom from time-honored traditions. In addition to providing a solid and systematic exposition of the fundamentals, the program enables students to acquire a broader perspective by offering diverse electives in data science and classical arts.

Program Purpose

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program seeks to provide a solid foundation and an excellent educational experience to prepare qualified and aspiring students for careers or advanced studies in the biomedical or related fields. The program also aims to help students become well-rounded individuals capable of sound moral judgment, advanced communication skills, familiar with cultural traditions of humanity, and possessive of habits and skills for lifelong learning.

Program Goals

  1. Provide students with a solid foundation in the theories, methods, knowledge and application of modern biomedical sciences and related basic sciences; competency in collection, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of related scientific data; use of modern laboratory techniques; as well as a scientific literacy of contemporary biomedical sciences; and of future scientific developments
  2. Equip students with the ability to combine and apply professional knowledge and skills in practical problem solving and decision-making related to modern biomedical sciences, along with a sense of teamwork, professional attitudes, and ethical judgment.
  3. Enable students to develop communication and critical thinking skills for life-long learning, the ability to appreciate the cultures, values and arts of all human traditions, and a respect for moral character.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

After completing this program, students should be able to:

PLO1    Apply the fundamental concepts in the core areas of biomedical sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, biostatistics, and public health.

PLO2    Demonstrate the appropriate didactic knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills needed to be competitive for acceptance into graduate and professional schools and/or for careers in the healthcare field.

PLO3    Apply proper methods for performing scientific research, a wide range of analytical and laboratory skills, a critical evaluation of the scientific literature as it applies to contemporary health care issues, while developing the initiative for and an awareness of the need for life-long learning.

PLO4    Demonstrate an understanding of the mind-body interaction and an appreciation for the impact that socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and spiritual factors have on the health and well-being of the individual.

Program Concentrations

This program offers two concentrations: Integrative Health Sciences and General Sciences. It is the first in the State of New York that offers an Integrative Health Sciences concentration.

Integrative Health Sciences: the Integrative Health Sciences concentration offers courses in nutrition, kinesiology, epidemiology, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and other healing disciplines in addition to basic science courses related to biomedical science. Students will learn to examine each person as a unique biological entity in order to understand the underlying root causes of illness while striving for an optimum state of wellness.

General Sciences: The General Sciences concentration includes additional courses in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, physics, and neuroscience. It offers a balanced approach to basic, applied, and clinical science in healthcare and prepares students for a wide range of advanced studies, including graduate research, medical school, dental school, veterinary school, pharmacy school and other health related professional schools.

Curriculum Structure

The curriculum for the BS in Biomedical Sciences is a 122-semester credit program with three major components: major requirements, general education core, and free electives.

Curriculum Structure for BS in Biomedical Science

Area Credits Qualifying LAS Credits
Major Requirements 72 27-45
  Biology 15 9
  Chemistry 16 12
  Human Body and Health Science 8 6
  Concentration courses, one of 18 0-18
  Integrative Health Sciences 18 0
  General Sciences 18 18
  BMS Professionalism and Research 15 0
General Education Core   41 38
  Humanities   9 9
  Art & Aesthetics   5 5
  Values and Ethics   3 3
  Writing and Rhetoric   9 9
  Quantitative Reasoning   3 3
  Natural Sciences 4*    
  Social Sciences   3 3
  Foreign Language   6 6
  Health and Wellness   3 0-3
Free Electives 9 0-6
Total Required Credits for Graduation 122 ³ 65

* Achieved through major

Graduation Requirement

Students must complete all the required credits in the Major Requirements, General Education Core and Free Electives with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to graduate. Students must also complete at least 61 courses designated as “LAS” or Liberal Arts and Science in accordance with New York State regulations.

Course List

  • Major Requirements (72 credits)

The major requirements are comprised of basic science courses in biology, chemistry, as well as human body and health science, courses required for one of two concentrations, and courses in professional experience and research.

Major Required Courses for BS in Biomedical Sciences

Code Course Title Cr LAS Prerequisite(s)
Major Core  
Biology (15 cr)  
BSC101 General Biology I 3 Y None
BSC101L General Biology I Lab 1 N None
BSC102 General Biology II 3 Y BSC101
BSC102L General Biology II Lab 1 N BSC101L
BSC215 Cell & Molecular Biology 3 Y BSC102
BSC215L Cell & Molecular Biology Lab 1 N BSC102L
BSC213 Introduction to Microbiology and Lab 3 Y BSC102
Chemistry (16 cr)  
CHM101 General Chemistry I 3 Y None
CHM101L General Chemistry I Lab 1 N None
CHM102 General Chemistry II 3 Y CHM101
CHM102L General Chemistry II Lab 1 N CHM101L
CHM211 Organic Chemistry I 3 Y CHM102
CHM211L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 N CHM102L
CHM212 Organic Chemistry II 3 Y CHM211
CHM212L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 N CHM211L
Human Body and Health Science (8 cr)  
BSC211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 Y BSC102
BSC211L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 N BSC102L
BSC212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 Y BSC211
BSC212L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 N BSC211L
BMS Professionalism and Research (15 cr)  
BMS101 Introduction to Biomedical Science 1 N None
BMS102 Medical Terminology 2 N None
BMS103 Medical Ethics 2 N None
BMS346 Biomedical Science Literature 2 N BSC212 and BSC215
BMS451 Biomedical Science Practicum I 4 N BMS346, 80 cr
BMS452 Biomedical Science Practicum II 4 N BMS346, 80 cr
Major Concentration (18 cr)  
General Science  
BSC221 Human Genetics and Genomics 3 N BSC102
BSC335 Introduction to Immunology 3 Y BSC212
BSC321 Biochemistry* 3 Y CHM211
Select any 9 credits from the following  
PHY101/101L General Physics I and Lab* 4 Y MAT101 or beyond
PHY102/102L General Physics II and Lab* 4 Y PHY101
MAT105 Calculus I* 4 Y None
BSC331 Introduction to Neuroscience 3 Y BSC212
BMS301 Introduction to Human Pathology 3 N BSC212
BMS302 Introduction to Pharmacology 3 N CHM212
BMS235 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3 N BMS135
BMS141 Introduction to US Healthcare 3 N None
BMS231 Public Health & Epidemiology 3 N SAT101
BSC332 Developmental Biology 3 N BSC215
BSC333 Introduction to Bioinformatics 3 N BSC221
BMS323 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences 3 N BSC212 and 212L
BMS351 Biomedical Science Internship 3 N Permission form
Integrated Health Science  
BMS232 Introduction to Naturopathy I 3 N BMS132 and BSC212
BMS241 Chinese Medicine Theories and Principles I 3 N None
BMS341 Kinesiology and Physical Fitness and Lab 3 N BSC212
Select any 9 credits from the following  
BMS233 Introduction to Naturopathy II 3 N BMS232
BMS242 Chinese Medicine Theories and Principles II 3 N BSC241
BMS145 Healing Traditions Around the World 3 N None
BMS331 Introduction to Homeopathy 3 N BMS232
BMS332 Basics of Herbalism 3 N BMS232
BMS333 Topics in Holistic Nutrition 3 N BMS232
BMS351 Biomedical Science Internship 3 N Permission form
Total Credits Required for Graduation 72

*Required by students aiming for medical school

  • General Education Core (41 credits)

The College requires that all undergraduate students, regardless of major, complete core general education courses in nine distributions.

 

Students in the Biomedical Sciences program can meet the Nature Science distribution requirement through their major courses. As a result, the BMS program requires 41 general education credits from the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) program.

 

Additionally, all students in the BMS program must take ENG102 English Composition II as one of courses in the Writing and Rhetoric GE distribution. They also must take BMS132 Nutrition, Health and Wellness from the GE Health and Wellness distribution.

  • Free Electives (9 credits)

Students are free to choose 9 credits from the following Biomedical Sciences elective courses or any other college level courses offered by the College.

Minor

The Department of Biomedical Sciences also offers a minor for students pursuing majors in other departments.

Courses for Minor in Biomedical Sciences

Code

Course Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

 

Required (12 cr)

BSC211

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

Y

BSC102 or BSC100

 

BSC211L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

N

BSC102L or BSC100L

 

BSC212

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

Y

BSC211

 

BSC212L

Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

N

BSC211L

 

BSC215

Cell & Molecular Biology

3

Y

BSC102 or BSC100

 

BSC215L

Cell & Molecular Biology Lab

1

N

BSC102L or BSC100L

 

Elective (6 cr)

BSC221

Human Genetics and Genomics

3

N

BSC102 or BSC100

 

BSC335

Introduction to Immunology

3

Y

BSC212

 

BSC321

Biochemistry

3

Y

CHM211

 

BSC331

Introduction to Neuroscience

3

Y

BSC212

 

BSC302

Introduction to Pharmacology

3

N

CHM212

 

BMS301

Introduction to Human Pathology

3

N

BSC212

 

BSC213

Introduction to Microbiology and Lab

3

Y

BSC102 or BSC100

 

BSC332

Developmental Biology

3

N

BSC215