Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Biomedical Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in biomedical sciences focuses on human biology, including genetics, anatomy, physiology and behavior. This program is meant for students looking to pursue careers in medicine, other health professions or biomedical research in academic, clinical or industry settings.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is biological science and biomedical science?
Biological science is the study of living organisms, including how they develop and interact with the environment around them. Biologists study all of life, including bacteria, plants and animals such as humans. Biomedical science focuses specifically on human biology with an emphasis on medicine.
The degree concentration in biomedical sciences serves students in the biological sciences major who want to pursue careers in health care or medical research. As a biomedical sciences student, you’ll learn how to apply core scientific concepts to various biological systems in the human body. You’ll also have the opportunity to take more courses with a focus on human biology and medicine than in a general biological sciences major.
What will I learn in this biomedical science concentration?
In the biomedical science concentration, you'll master the process of scientific research and learn how to apply biomedical concepts in clinical, academic and industrial settings.Through the program’s foundational courses, you’ll study major biological and chemical processes of the human body, as well as genomics, immunology, biotechnology and more. Additionally, you’ll explore the role of medicine in society and take courses related to cancer, human evolution or global health. The curriculum for this biological science program aligns with the broad scientific competencies recommended for premed students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Committee and reflected in the 2015 changes to the MCAT.
What can I do with a biological sciences degree?
This biological sciences program focuses on coursework needed to complete the MCAT and apply for medical school or other graduate schools in the health care profession. Upon graduation, you’ll also be prepared for biomedical research careers in a wide range of areas, including:
Will my biomedical sciences degree concentration say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. Your concentration in biomedical sciences will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.
What do you study in biological sciences?
Courses in the biomedical sciences degree concentration focus on foundational biology and chemistry. Some degree sequences also require courses in calculus, statistics or physics. Advanced coursework covers genetics, cell biology, neurobiology and other aspects of human biology. Core courses include:
BIO 353: Cell Biology
BIO 360: Animal Physiology
BIO 416: Biomedical Research Ethics (L)
BIO 312: Bioethics (HU)
BIO 420: Immunology: Molecular and Cellular Foundations
BIO 467: Neurobiology
BIO 351: Developmental Biology
BIO 440: Functional Genomics
What can you do with a biomedical sciences degree?
Graduates from the biomedical sciences degree concentration 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. You’ll also be prepared for a career in biomedical research. Career examples include, but are not limited to:
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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