Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The biomedical sciences concentration serves students in the BS program in biological sciences who wish to pursue careers in medicine, other health professions or biomedical research in academic, clinical or industry settings.

The curriculum aligns with the broad scientific competencies recommended for premedical students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Committee and reflected in the 2015 changes to the Medical College Admission Test. 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 chemistry, biochemistry, math and physics coursework that is necessary to prepare students for the MCAT and for medical school admissions. The concentration emphasizes core concepts, competencies and critical intellectual skills necessary to succeed in medical school or biomedical research.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in this degree are not permitted to declare a concurrent degree combination with any other program within the School of Life Sciences. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) (BS)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of

Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Graduates are well equipped to enter careers as research scientists or as scientists in the health professions, having met the majority of prerequisite requirements and mastered many of the competencies valued by graduate programs in medical, dental and optometry fields or programs which prepare students to be physician assistants or physical therapists.

Additionally, graduates have an understanding of the process of science, preparing them for a career in research. They have knowledge of foundational concepts in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and statistics and the ability to understand and apply core biomedical concepts. This prepares them for entry into biology research in a vast number of areas, some of which include genetics, genomics, evolution, physiology and immunology.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Scientists, All Other2.2%$85,290
Clinical Research Coordinators 4.8%$137,940
Dentists, General2.8%$158,940
Epidemiologists 4.6%$74,560
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 6.1%$91,510
Molecular and Cellular Biologists2.2%$85,290
Physician Assistants 31.3%$115,390

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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