Biomedical Sciences Advising Guide

Department of Biomedical Sciences

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What is Biomedical Sciences?

The Biomedical Sciences program includes intensive study in the sciences in preparation for upper-level courses in human systems. Students are prepared for health-related careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, public health, biomedical research, and others. 

Because the curriculum focuses on human systems, students with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences have the distinct advantage of having basic medical sciences classes, which are usually only offered at the post baccalaureate level. These courses prepare students with a solid background for health professions, graduate school, or for baccalaureate entry-level health related jobs such as in the pharmaceutical industry or government.

Career Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences 

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences can be found in many different fields and in various capacities including (but not limited to):

  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional schools
  • Federal government
  • State and local public health departments
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Private research foundations
  • Independent laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies


Salary Trends in Biomedical Sciences 

Salaries for those with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences will vary greatly depending on individual experience, education, and certifications. Please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook through the Bureau for Labor Statistics for salary trends for the specific area in which you are interested.

 

High School Preparation

Students who have been the most successful in the Biomedical Sciences major have completed college preparatory curriculum in high school which focused on biology, chemistry, and math. It is important for students to have a solid foundation and basic understanding of each of these subjects as the Biomedical Sciences curriculum includes several sequences of these courses that will build on the fundamentals of each area.

 

How to Major in Biomedical Sciences

Many courses in the BMD major are only offered once per academic year. It is important to practice good time management and study strategies early in your collegiate career in order to stay on track for your projected graduation term.

BMD Courses (Semester Offered)


BMD 201, Seminars in Biomedical  Sciences (Fall, Spring)
BMD 210, Infectious Disease in the Healthcare Environment (Fall, Spring)
BMD 212, Introduction to Food Science (Fall)
BMD 251, Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Fall, Spring) 
BMD 252, Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Fall, Spring)
BMD 311, Human Anatomy (Fall, Spring)
BMD 321, Biochemistry I - Molecular Biology  (Fall, Spring)
BMD 322, Biochemistry II - Metabolism (Fall, Spring)
BMD 323, Biochemistry Lab (Spring) 
BMD 334, Human Physiology I(Fall)
BMD 335, Human Physiology II (Spring) 
BMD 336, Physiology Lab(Spring) 
BMD 350, Genomics (Spring)
BMD 401, Immunology (Fall) 
BMD 402, Medical Microbiology (Spring)
BMD 403, Molecular Basis of Cancer (Fall) 
BMD 410, Pathophysiology(Spring) 
BMD 420, Pharmacology (Fall)
BMD 430, Neurosciences (Fall)
BMD 450, Introduction to Research ( Spring) 
BMD 493, Issues in Biomedical Sciences (Fall,  Spring) 
BMD 494, Directed Research Studies  (Fall, Spring, Summer)
BMD 499, Honors Research Thesis (Fall, Spring,  Summer)

Academic Plan

Following an academic plan will help you stay on track to graduate in four years. 

To view academic pathways for this major, please click here.  Degree plans provide only a suggested schedule; make sure to meet with your academic advisor to find the actual schedule that is right for you.

For additional degree information, visit the undergraduate bulletin.

 

For More Information

Please contact bmddept@southalabama.edu for additional questions.

You can find us on campus at:

Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of South Alabama
HAHN 4021
5721 USA Drive North
Mobile, Alabama 36688
Ph: (251) 445-9265
Fax: (251) 445-9269

Website: http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/biomedical/

*The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other majors, please refer to the USA bulletin or contact the department/College directly.