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Biomedical Sciences BS

Richard Doolittle, Program Director
(585) 475-5972, rldsbi@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/healthsciences/undergraduate-programs/biomedical-sciences/

Program overview

The biomedical sciences major prepares students for advanced study in medical, dental, nursing, physician assistant, research, or graduate school, or for direct entry into a health care career. Faculty from across the basic science disciplines offer a diverse curriculum that includes a broad array of elective courses. The major also offers students career-relevant experiential learning opportunities where they can apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to real-world experiences.

For those with an interest in pursuing graduate school, a comprehensive premedical studies advising program is available to guide students in their selection of course work and in completing the requirements necessary for admission to advanced degree programs. Employment opportunities in the biomedical sciences continue to grow and develop—driven in part by advances in biotechnology and the need for more research and better treatments for current and emerging health care and public policy challenges including AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and neurological disorders. Courses and concentrations are designed to attract students interested in a broad spectrum of medically related jobs and to provide the knowledge base and the technical skills required to pursue their chosen careers.

Curriculum

The major's curricular requirements are flexible, consisting of a life sciences core and a broad range of course options. The life sciences core is designed to provide students with a strong grounding in mathematics and science, a complement of liberal arts courses in preparation for a particular career path—e.g., entry into graduate study, including medical/dental school—or a research position in an applied area of biomedical science. Concentrations are available in which the student, in consultation with an academic adviser, may select a series of required and elective courses. Concentrations include focused study in exercise science, pre-health professions, genetics, premedical studies, or biomedical research. Students also may choose to use elective credits to engage in undergraduate research with a faculty mentor, pursue a double major, or select a secondary field of study through a minor.

Biomedical sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-101, 103 General Biology I and Lab 4
CHMG-141, 145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I and Lab 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
BIOL-102, 104 General Biology II and Lab 4
CHMG-142, 146 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II and Lab 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MEDS-250, 251 Anatomy and Physiology I, II and Labs 8
  Concentration Courses 8
Choose one of the following: 3
   STAT-145     LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I
   STAT-155     LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Biostatistics
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
Third Year
  Concentration Courses 11
  Professional Electives (WI) 12
  LAS Perspectives 4 3
Choose one of the following: 3
      Concentration Course 3   
      Professional Elective 3   
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
  Professional Electives 12
  Free Electives 12
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Biomedical sciences is an academic program designed to prepare students for advanced study in medical, dental, or graduate schools as they pursue careers in health care or biomedical research. Faculty, from across the basic science disciplines and within and outside of the college, offer a diverse curriculum as well as research opportunities for students. In tracking through a highly flexible curricular structure, students will have access to myriad scientific professionals and educational experiences.

For the past 20 years, researchers in the biomedical fields have enjoyed rapid gains in employment due, in part, to the advances in biotechnology and an increase in staff in new medical research industries. Continued employment growth will occur with the increased need for more research in many areas of health care, including AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and neurological disorders. Courses and concentration options within biomedical sciences are designed to attract students interested in the broad spectrum of medically related jobs and to provide a knowledge base and the technical skills required to pursue their chosen careers.

Curriculum

The curricular requirements for the BS degree in biomedical sciences are very flexible, consisting of a life sciences core and a broad range of flexible options. The life sciences core is designed to provide the student with a strong grounding in mathematics and science, a complement of liberal arts courses in preparation for a particular career path—e.g., entry into graduate study, including medical/dental school—or a research position in an applied area of biomedical science. Upon completion of the life sciences core, concentration areas are available in which the student, in consultation with an academic adviser, may select and complete a series of required and elective courses. Concentration areas include focused study in forensic science, pre-health professions (pre-medical, pre-dental), exercise science, pathology, neuroscience, and genetics. Students also may choose to use elective credits to engage in undergraduate research with a faculty mentor and/or pursue a secondary field of study through a minor in the liberal arts (communications, psychology, public policy, foreign language, etc.) or sciences (statistics, biochemistry, or imaging science), or possibly a second major.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Biomedical sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200, 259 Freshman Symposium 2
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology I, II, III 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab I, II, III 3
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II, III 10
1011-205, 206 Chemistry Principles I, II Lab 2
1011-227 General and Analytical Chemistry III Lab 1
1016-214, 215 Elementary Calculus I, II 6
  Wellness Education† 0
  Liberal Arts* 12
  First-Year Enrichment 2
Second Year
1001-311 Cell Biology 4
1001-350 Molecular Biology 4
1026-350, 360 Anatomy and Physiology I, II 10
1013-231, 232, 233 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-235, 236, 237 Organic Chemistry I, II, III Lab 3
1016-319 Data Analysis I 4
  Science/Track Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third Year
1017-211, 212, 213 College Physics I, II, III 12
  Science/Track Electives 16
  University-wide Electives 2-4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
  Science/Track Electives 24
  University-wide Electives 17
Total Quarter Credit Hours 180-182

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Biomedical sciences, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIOL-101 General Biology I  3
BIOL-103 General Biology I Lab 1
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
BIOL-102 General Biology 3
BIOL-104 General Biology II Lab 1
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspectives 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MEDS-250 Anatomy and Physiology I and lab 4
  Concentration Courses 8
Choose one of the following: 3
   STAT-145    Introduction to Statistics  
   STAT-155    LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Biostatistics  
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
MEDS-251 Anatomy and Physiology II and lab 4
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
Third Year
  Concentration Courses 11
  Professional Electives (WI) 12
  LAS Perspectives 4 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     Concentration Course    
     Professional Elective    
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
  Professional Electives 12
  Free Electives 12
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 120

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.