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The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences consists of a Life Sciences Core combined with a broad range of flexible elective options. The Life Sciences Core is designed to provide the student with a strong grounding in mathematics and science with a complement of liberal arts in preparation for a particular career path, e.g., for entry into medical/dental school, into graduate studies, or directly into a research position in an applied area of biomedical science.
Our program offers excellent undergraduate preparation for career fields such as Medicine (Allopathic and Osteopathic), Biomedical Research, Exercise Science, Pathology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Drug Development, Toxicology, Neuroscience and Genetic Counseling. Recent program graduates have also gone on for advanced degrees in Physician Assistant, Chiropractic Medicine, Nurse Practitioner and Prosthetic Science. The student, in consultation with an academic advisor and using a basic course schedule as a guideline, may select from elective courses relevant to one of these career fields, or design his or her own set of Science Track electives approved by one of the program academic advisors.
Students may also choose to use up to six (6) elective credits to engage in undergraduate research or independent study with a faculty mentor. These opportunities are not limited to the Biomedical Sciences faculty and laboratories, and many of our students participate in highly interdisciplinary research with faculty from the College of Science, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, and other centers and colleges at RIT. We strongly encourage students to explore the world outside of our main campus--through study abroad, community service, cooperative learning and summer research internships. In addition, the Institute Electives provide an excellent opportunity to pursue a secondary field of study through declaration of a minor, e.g., in the liberal arts (criminal justice, psychology, creative writing, public policy, foreign language), the sciences (astronomy, mathematics, physics, imaging science), or business (international business, marketing, management). Our goal is to prepare students to have the multiple skills, self confidence and cross-disciplinary literacy that will allow them to thrive in the dynamic, rapidly changing world of biomedicine and biomedical sciences.
Biomedical Sciences students also can participate in our optional Co-op Program, choosing from among literally hundreds of short-term (10-weeks), full-time, paid opportunities directly related to their career interests.