The biological sciences major with a concentration in biomedical sciences will prepare you for careers in medicine and biomedical research. Gain in-depth knowledge of human biology, including genetics, anatomy, physiology and behavior, while completing the coursework necessary for applying to medical school.
Next start date: 07/01/2020
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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As a biomedical science major, you’ll gain the scientific knowledge and intellectual skills needed to succeed in medical school or other graduate programs for health care professionals. You'll master the process of scientific research and learn how to apply biomedical concepts in clinical, academic and industrial settings.
The program offers foundational courses to help you understand major biological and chemical processes of the human body, as well as advanced courses in genomics, immunology, biotechnology and more. You’ll also explore the role of medicine in society and take courses about cancer, human evolution or global health. The program focuses on coursework needed to complete the MCAT and apply for medical school or other graduate schools in the health profession.
This biomedical science degree includes several advanced lab courses. The organic chemistry lab is required and must be completed at ASU’s Tempe campus or transferred from another institution. This lab course is offered on campus in a one-week format during the summer term. Students take other lab courses online using virtual reality.
Both academic and pre-health advisors support your success as an online student. Advising in this program is specific to each of the many career paths available to someone with a biomedical sciences degree. Advisors will also help you secure research experiences, clinical internships and community service near your home. You can also use the career pathways webpage to set goals and expectations on an annual basis.
The degree program in biomedical sciences includes foundational biology and chemistry courses. Some degree sequences also require courses in calculus, statistics or physics. Advanced coursework covers genetics, cell biology, neurobiology and other aspects of human biology.
Graduates from the biomedical sciences degree program are well-equipped to enter a variety of careers in medicine. The degree coursework prepares you for success in medical school and similar graduate programs. Completion of an advanced medical degree could lead to a career as a doctor, dentist, physical therapist, optometrist and more.
This degree also prepares you for biomedical research careers. Graduates could pursue research positions in areas such as genetics, evolution and immunology. As a biomedical researcher, you could work on projects to treat diseases, develop advanced diagnostic tools or design new therapeutic strategies. Careers for this degree program include but are not limited to:
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