Biomedical Sciences (BS)

The faculty of Bryan College of Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Program, believes that: 

The baccalaureate degree program in biomedical sciences exists to prepare graduates to pursue graduate study in a wide range of health related fields which contribute directly and indirectly to the delivery of quality health care and services. Educational preparation for advanced study in a health related field is built on an in-depth, integrated study of natural sciences and general education concepts. Knowledge and skills require a high level of critical thinking and are developed through didactic and field experiences related to the field of study. 

Students and graduates are guided by legal and ethical standards, and require communication and interpersonal skills which promote positive interaction with others in the educational and healthcare environment. They critically evaluate scientific theories, gain competence in both theoretical and experimental science, and recognize the contribution of science to society. Quality healthcare cannot exist without the academic framework and intellectual discipline inherent in the study of natural sciences. 

Learning is a life-long, interactive process that builds on previous experience and ideally results in change in attitudes, beliefs, and/or behaviors. Learning occurs in a variety of environments, and involves the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains. The learner is responsible for actively seeking knowledge both independently and under the supervision and guidance of qualified faculty. 

Faculty are responsible as role models, mentors, and teachers for providing a caring environment in which students are free to explore and develop personally, professionally and intellectually. The College provides educational opportunities within the multiple contexts of legal and ethical boundaries, political and economic forces, sociocultural influences, and spiritual and historical factors. This environment provides quality education, which develops critical thinking and contributes to meeting the emerging health care needs of society. 

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

This pre-professional program prepares students for graduate level study in areas such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, physician assistant, optometry, or careers in science such as biomedical research, bioprocessing, pharmaceutical discovery and development, medical devices and diagnostics, scientist/technician positions in industry, government, and research labs. 

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) track of the Biomedical Sciences program prepares students for entry into the Medical Laboratory Science program at UNMC. The MLS concentration includes all of the required prerequisite coursework needed for entry into the UNMC MLS program. This program allows students to earn their BS in Biomedical Sciences from Bryan upon successful completion of the MLS program at UNMC. Students will apply to the MLS program at UNMC during their junior year and admission to the MLS program is at the sole discretion of UNMC. 

Requirements for Graduation:  123 semester hours

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, a student must earn a total of 123 semester hours, including 48 credits satisfying general education requirements and 75 additional credits as specified below. 

For the MLS track, each student must complete a core requirement of 48 general education credits and 31 additional credits within the MLS concentration. 43 credits will be transferred in from UNMC’s MLS program upon successful completion of the MLS program for a total of 122 semester hours. 

Honor Society for Biomedical Sciences

Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Gamma Delta Alpha chapter

TriBeta is an honor society for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. The Gamma Delta Alpha chapter at BCHS was chartered in the spring of 2019. Membership is by invitation to qualified Biomedical Sciences students and faculty. New member induction occurs annually in the spring semester. 

Curriculum Objectives

Upon completion of the program the student will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a wider spectrum of principles underlying biomedical sciences.
  2. Apply principles of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to the study and interpretation of human health and disease.
  3. Apply mechanisms of physiology and biochemistry to maintenance of body homeostasis.
  4. Pursue scientific inquiry through research experiences and interpretation of findings.
  5. Explain genetic processes and environmental influences on health and disease.
  6. Utilize critical thinking to analyze and solve problems related to biomedical science.
  7. Demonstrate preparedness for pursuing graduate study or employment in biomedical sciences or related fields.
  8. Develop basic biomedical research skills through basic sciences and/or clinical research related to human health and disease.
  9. Consider philosophical, ethical, political, legal and social issues associated with research in the biomedical sciences.

Social Sciences

9 of the credits below satisfy the General Education Social Sciences requirement

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
12

Communications

The 3 credits below satisfy the General Education Communications requirement

**At least 6 credits of non-BIOS electives must be taken at 300 or 400 level.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3

Mathematics

3 of the credits below satisfy the General Education Mathematics requirement

*If a student places directly in MATH205, a general elective will replace MATH155.  If a student required MATH105: Intermediate Algebra prior to MATH 155, MATH105 will serve as one of the general electives.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
10

Humanities/Fine Arts

The 9 credits below satisfy the General Education Humanities/Fine Arts requirement

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9

Business/Management

The 3 credits below satisfy the General Education Business/Management requirement

ECON*** or MGMT***

***All BIOS electives must be at 300 or 400 level for credit.  BIOS electives are offered on a rotating schedule with generally one elective offered per semester.

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3

Additional Courses/Electives

**At least 6 credits of non-BIOS electives must be taken at 300 or 400 level.

Item #
Title
Credits
General Elective  +
3
General Elective  +
3
General Elective with Cultural Studies (CS) designation  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
11

Cultural Studies

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
3
Total credits:
123

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Science