BS Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences)




Program Description

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 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.

All Life Science degrees can be used to enter medical school. To find out more about pre-med facts visit our pre-med FAQ page

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.

Ways to attend class:

This program is available for on-campus students, online students and as an accelerated degree. The requirements and / or available classes are slightly different according to how you wish to attend class. Class requirements are listed below for on-campus students in the first section and online students in the second section. If you are interested in the accelerated degree program please visit our accelerated degree program page.

Concurrent degree restrictions: 

Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Life Sciences may be restricted from declaring a concurrent degree within the school. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 251 - Calculus for Life Sciences
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate


Degree Details for on-campus students

Major Core for on-campus students

Note: Once you start a General BIO sequence, you must complete the full sequence (BIO 181 & 182 OR BIO 281 & 282)

  • BIO 181 General Biology I (4) or BIO 281 Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors I (4)
  • BIO 182 General Biology II (4) or BIO 282 Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors II (4)
  • BIO 340 General Genetics or MBB 347 Molecular Genetics: From Genes to Proteins (4)
  • BIO 345 Evolution (3)

On-campus Major Concentration Course

  • BIO 312/PHI 320 Bioethics or BIO 416/HPS 410 Biomedical Research Ethics (3)
  • BIO 353  Cell Biology (3)
  • BIO 360  Animal Physiology (3)

On-campus Major Elective Concentration Courses

Complete two of the following

  • BIO 351  Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO/MIC 420  Immunology: Molecular and Cellular Foundations (3)
  • BIO/MBB 440  Functional Genomics (3)
  • BIO 462  Endocrine Physiology (3)
  • BIO 467  Neurobiology (3)

Please see an advisor if above courses are not offered in the term you wish to take them.

On-campus Biomedical Research and Medicine in Society

  • One course must be from each list: Biomedical Research and Medicine in Society.
  • Complete at least six credit hours.
  • Please see an advisor if courses are not offered in the term you wish to take them
Biomedical Research Course List
  • BIO 342  General Genetics Laboratory (2)
  • BIO/MBB 343  Genetic Engineering and Society (4)
  • BIO 352  Laboratory in Vertebrate Developmental Anatomy (2)
  • BIO/MBB/MAT 355 or CPI 480 Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIO 357 Cell Biology Laboratory (2)
  • BIO 361  Animal Physiology Laboratory (2)
  • BIO 370 Vertebrate Zoology (4)
  • BIO 415  Biometry (4)
  • BIO 435  Research Techniques in Animal Behavior (3)
  • BIO 450  Advanced Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO 451  Cell Biotechnology Laboratory (4)
  • BIO 455/BMI 465 Introduction to Comparative Genomics (3)
  • BIO 475 Advanced Human Anatomy (3)
  • BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB 495 Undergraduate Research or BIO/HPS/MIC/MBB 484 Internship or BIO/MIC/MBB 492 Honors Directed Study (1-3)
  • MIC 421  Experimental Immunology (2)
  • MIC 425  Advanced Immunology (3)
  • MIC/MBB 446  Techniques in Molecular Biology/Genetics Lab (2)
Medicine in Society Course List
  • ASB/SSH/HST 301 Global History of Health (3)
  • SB 443/SSH 403  Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3-6)
  • ASB 452/SSH 402  Community Partnerships for Global Health (3-9)
  • ASM 345  Disease and Human Evolution (3)
  • ASM 414 Urban and Environmental Health (3)
  • BIO 302  Cancer – Mother of All Diseases (3)
  • BIO 311/HPS 340  Biology and Society (3)
  • BIO 318/HPS 331  History of Medicine (3)
  • BIO 394 Healing Traditions of Latino America (3)
  • BIO 394 Spanish for Biomedical Sciences (3)
  • BIO/ASM 403 Evolutionary Medicine and Global Health (3)
  • BIO 408 Advanced Evolutionary Medicine (3)
  • SSH 401/ASM 401 Health and Human Biology (3-4)
  • SSH 404/ASB 462  Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health (3)

On-campus Biomedical Sciences Laboratory 

The Biomedical Research courses from above will fulfill major lab check.

On-campus Requirements in Related Fields

Choose one of the two tracks: General and Organic Chemistry or Pre-health sequence

General Chemistry 
  • CHM 113  General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 116  General Chemistry II (4)
AND Organic Chemistry 
  • CHM 231  Elementary Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 235  Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
OR Pre-health sequence
  • CHM 233  General Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHM 234  General Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHM 237  General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CHM 238  General Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)

Biochemistry

  • BCH 361 Principles of Biochemistry or BCH 461/462 General Biochemistry  (3)
  • BCH 367  Elementary Biochemistry Laboratory (1) or BCH 467 Analytical Biochemistry Lab (3)

Physics

Choose one of two tracks: General Physics or the Pre-health sequence

  • PHY 101  Introduction to Physics (4)
OR Pre-health sequence:
  • PHY 111  General Physics I (3)
  • PHY 112  General Physics II (3)
  • PHY 113  General Physics Laboratory I (1)
  • PHY 114  General Physics Laboratory II (1)

Math 

Complete one of the following

  • MAT 251 Calculus for Life Sciences (3)
  • MAT 210 Brief Calculus (3)

Statistics 

Complete one of the following

  • STP 231 Statistics for Biosciences (3) 
  • STP 226 Elementary Statistics (3)

For more information on requirements and recommendations specific to this degree please see our Did you know for on-campus degrees page.

Degree Details for online students

Major Core for online students

  • BIO 181 General Biology I (4)
  • BIO 182 General Biology II (4)
  • BIO 340 General Genetics  (4)
  • BIO 345 Evolution (3)

Major Concentration for online Courses

  • BIO 312/PHI 320 Bioethics (3) or BIO 416 Biomedical Research Ethics (3)
  • BIO 353  Cell Biology (3)
  • BIO 360  Animal Physiology (3)

Major Elective Concentration for online Courses

Complete two of the following

  • BIO 351  Developmental Biology (3)
  • BIO/BIO 420  Immunology: Molecular and Cellular Foundations (3)
  • BIO/MBB 440  Functional Genomics (3)
  • BIO 462  Endocrine Physiology (3)
  • BIO 467  Neurobiology (3)

Please see an advisor if above courses are not offered in the term you wish to take them.

Biomedical Research and Medicine in Society for online students

  • Complete at least six credit hours.
  • One course must be from each list: Biomedical Research and Medicine in Society.
  • Please see an advisor if one of the below courses are not offered in the term you wish to take them.
Online Biomedical Research Course List
  • BIO 357 Cell and Molecular Bio Lab (2)
  • BIO 361  Animal Physiology Laboratory (2)
  • BIO 370 Vertebrate Zoology Lab (4)
  • BIO 495 Undergraduate Research or BIO 484 Internship  (1-3)
Online Medicine in Society Course List
  • ASB/SSH/HST 301 Global History of Health (3)
  • ASB 443/SSH 403  Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3-6)
  • ASB 452/SSH 402  Community Partnerships for Global Health (3-9)
  • ASM 345  Disease and Human Evolution (3)
  • ASM 414 Urban and Environmental Health (3)
  • BIO 302  Cancer – Mother of All Diseases (3)
  • BIO 311/HPS 340 Biology and Society (3)
  • BIO 318/HPS 331  History of Medicine (3)
  • BIO 394 Healing Traditions of Latino America (3)
  • BIO 394 Spanish for Biomedical Sciences (3)
  • SSH 401/ASM 401 Health and Human Biology (3-4)
  • SSH 404/ASB 462  Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health (3)

Online Biomedical Sciences Laboratory

The Biomedical Research courses from above will fulfill major lab check.

Online Requirements in Related Fields

Choose one of the two tracks: General and Organic Chemistry or Pre-health sequence

General Chemistry (take both)
  • CHM 113  General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 116  General Chemistry II (4)
Organic Chemistry (take both)
  • CHM 231  Elementary Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CHM 235  Elementary Organic Chemistry Lab(1)
OR Pre-health sequence:
  • CHM 233  General Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHM 234  General Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHM 237  General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CHM 238  General Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
Biochemistry
  • BCH 361 Principles of Biochemistry or BCH 461/462 General Biochemistry (for Biochemistry Majors or Minors)
  • BCH 367  Elementary Biochemistry Laboratory (1) or BCH 467 (for Biochemistry Majors or Minors)

Online physics electives

Choose one of two tracks: General Physics or the Pre-health sequence

Physics
  • PHY 101  Introduction to Physics (4)
OR Pre-health sequence:
  • PHY 111  General Physics I (3)
  • PHY 112  General Physics II (3)
  • PHY 113  General Physics Laboratory I (1)
  • PHY 114  General Physics Laboratory II (1)

Online Math Proficiency 

Complete one of the following

  • MAT 251 Calculus for Life Sciences (3)
  • MAT 210 Brief Calculus (3)

Online Statistics 

Complete one of the following

  • STP 231 Statistics for Biosciences (3) 
  • STP 226 Elementary Statistics (3)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.



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This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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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:

Biological Scientist (General)


  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: $85,290

Clinical Trial Manager


  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $137,940
  Bright Outlook

Dentist


  • Growth: 2.8%
  • Median Salary*: $158,940

Epidemiologist


  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $74,560
  Bright Outlook

Laboratory Technologist


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Medical Scientist


  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $91,510
  Bright Outlook

Molecular Biologist


  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: $85,290

Pharmacist


  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: $128,710

Physician Assistant (PA)


  • Growth: 31.3%
  • Median Salary*: $115,390
  Bright Outlook

* 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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