Biomedical Sciences, Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Pre-Dental (B.S.)
The Biomedical Sciences degree program is a rigorous program designed to prepare students for careers in biomedical research and a wide variety of biomedical professional programs. The Biomedical Sciences degree can be tailored to prepare students for graduate or professional schools, including but not limited to medical, dental, physician associates, optometry, and veterinary medicine. This degree will prepare students interested in pursuing a broad range of careers, including biotechnology, industrial microbiology, or pharmaceutical sales. The biomedical sciences degree provides students with a curriculum that develops strong creative and critical thinking skills while also providing them with the required and recommended courses for admission to graduate and professional schools.
All students must be admitted to the University by the EKU Admissions Office and declare their major as biomedical sciences (BMS). For admission to the BMS program, a high school graduate must meet the following three criteria:
- A Math ACT score of 23 (or equivalent SAT) or a “C” or better in MAT 112A Algebra: Polynomials/MAT 112B Algebra: Functions & Matrices or MAT 114 College Algebra
- An English ACT score of 20 (or equivalent SAT), or a “C” or better in ENG 101 Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric
- A High School GPA of a 3.0.
Individuals who are transfer students or wish to change their major must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.00 overall on a minimum of 24 hours attempted. Entering freshmen and transfer students who do not meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to enroll in the general option of the Biology BS Degree program, until qualified to transfer into the program.
The Biomedical Sciences degree program limits the number of major core, concentration, and supporting courses which may be repeated. Students are allowed only one repeat per major course and a total of not more than two repeats in all major courses combined. In addition, a supporting course may be repeated only once.
To remain in the Biomedical Sciences degree program, a student must maintain an EKU GPA and overall GPA of 3.0 with a grade of “C”/2.0 or better in each of the supporting and major courses of the curriculum. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA will be removed from the BMS program and placed in the Biology B.S. program, General Biology Concentration.
CIP Code: 26.0102
Summary Checklist for General Education
|A: Written Communication||3|
|B: Written Communication||3|
|C: Oral Communication||3|
|A: Historical Science||3|
|B: Social Behaviorial Science||3|
|Diversity of Perspectives Experiences||6|
Students are expected to complete Elements 1 and 2 within their first 60 hours of college credit.
|University Graduation Requirements|
|Student Success Seminar|
|SCO 100B||Student Success Seminar in Biology (waived for transfers with 30+ hrs.)||1|
|Writing Intensive Course (hrs. incorporated into Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives category)|
|Upper division courses (42 hrs. distributed throughout Major/Supporting/Gen Ed/Free Electives categories)|
|ACCT - BMS majors will fulfill ACCT with one of the following. (Credit hours are incorporated into program requirements below.)|
|Choose from one of the following:|
|Principles of Microbiology|
|Thesis Project and Seminar (with a thesis topic approved by the Biology department)|
A program-approved leadership experience
A program-approved study abroad experience
|BIO 111||Cell and Molecular Biology||4|
|BIO 112||Ecology and Evolution||4|
|BIO 319||General Zoology||4|
|BIO 320||Principles of Microbiology||4|
|BIO 331||Cell Biology||3|
|BIO 332||Careers in Biomedical Sciences||1|
|BIO 348||Vertebrate Physiology||3|
|BIO 495||Evolutionary Application and Theory||1|
|Students must select at least one of the following Concentrations: 1|
|Supporting Course Requirements|
and General Chemistry Lab I (Element 4) G
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Lab
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|INF 104||Computer Literacy with Software Applications||3|
|PHI 383||Health & Biomedical Ethics||3|
|or PHI 383W||Health and Biomedical Ethics|
|College Physics I (Element 4) G|
or PHY 201
|University Physics I|
|Choose from one of the following:|
|Introduction to Statistical Reasoning (Element 2) G|
|Applied Statistics (Element 2) G,2|
|See Additional Supporting Course Requirements on individual Concentration lists||0-6|
|Choose from 18 hours of free electives||18|
Courses used for one concentration may not count toward another concentration.
STA 270 Applied Statistics may be required for admission to Physician Associate or other professional programs.
Course also satisfies a General Education element. Hours are included within the 36 hr. General Education requirement above.
|BIO 342||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy||4|
|or BIO 546||Histology|
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|CHE 430||Biochemistry of Macromolecules||3|
|or CHE 431||Metabolic Biochemistry|
|MAT 120||Trigonometry (or higher)||3|
|Choose from nine hours of the following:||9|
|Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
|Principles of Molecular Biology|
|Comparative Vertebrate Embryology|
|Biochemistry of Macromolecules|