biomedical science major central michigan university

Last Updated on July 29, 2023

Biology: Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Concentration

​Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing professional programs in human and/or animal medicine or biomedical research. This course of study is designed to satisfy the prerequisites for admission into professional programs as well as provide students with the breadth and depth of scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics to perform well on required admission exams for professional programs, such as the MCAT, DAT or GRE. (More information coming soon)

Biology Major: Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Concentration, B.A., B.S.

B.A. degree or B.S. degree

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The Biology Major will prepare students for graduate programs, pre-professional programs, certificate programs, and careers in diverse biological disciplines. Experiences in the program will strengthen skills in teamwork, inquiry and analysis, oral and written communication, problem solving, ethical reasoning, critical and creative thinking, and quantitative and information literacy. Biology students have the opportunity to perform one-on-one research with Biology faculty members and often present their work at local, regional, national, or international venues. To support student success, the Biology department offers numerous scholarship opportunities, granting greater than $60K in awards annually. Biology students are part of a learning community that includes local networking opportunities (registered student organizations and clubs), state and regional collaborations and partnerships (e.g., government agencies, tribal organizations), and global experiences (study abroad opportunities).

The Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular (BCM) Concentration will prepare students for graduate programs (MS or PhD), health professions programs, and careers in laboratory or research-based settings with universities, state or national science-based agencies, and pharmaceutical or industrial companies. The courses that comprise the BCM concentration prepare students to be competitive applicants for the following professional programs: 

  •  medical school (MD and DO)
  •  physician assistant (PA)
  •  dental school (DDS)
  •  veterinary medicine (DVM)
  •  pharmacy (PharmD)
  •  optometry (OD)
  •  physical therapy (DPT)
  •  occupational therapy (OTD)
  •  podiatric school (DPM)
  •  chiropractic school (DC)
  • other health care careers 

Students can explore areas in biomedicine, physiology, public health, microbiology, genetics, and cellular, molecular, and developmental biology. In addition to fundamental laboratory skills, students have the opportunity to learn advanced techniques including molecular cloning, protein and nucleic acid analysis, cell culture, and genomic analysis. Extensive hands-on learning opportunities, supported by state-of-the art teaching and research laboratories, will empower students to apply their undergraduate education for employment or graduate/professional training.

Program Requirements

Core Courses I (20 hours)

BIO 111Foundations of Evolution and Diversity4(3-3)
BIO 112Foundations of Cell Biology4(3-3)
BIO 211Foundations of Genetics4(3-3)
BIO 212Foundations of Form and Function4(3-3)
BIO 213Foundations of Ecology4(3-3)

Core Courses II (3 hours)

BIO 500Biological Statistics3(2-2)

Required Courses (3-4 hours)

Select one of the following:

BIO 320Biology of Microorganisms4(3-3)
BIO 324Eukaryotic Cell Biology3(3-0)
BIO 390Comparative Animal Physiology4(3-3)
BIO 391Plant Physiology4(3-3)
BIO 392Mammalian Physiology4(3-3)

Other Requirements I (20 hours)

CHM 131General Chemistry I4(3-3)
CHM 132General Chemistry II4(3-3)
MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics4(4-0)
MTH 132Calculus I4(4-0)
PHY 130QRCollege Physics I4(4-0)
PHY 131College Physics II4(4-0)

Note: You may only count one of MTH 130 or MTH 132, not both.

Other Requirements II (4-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Notes: Students selecting Option A in Other Requirements II must select Option A in Other Requirements III. Students selecting Option B or C in Other Requirements II may select any option in Other Requirements III.

Option A (4 hours)

CHM 342Survey of Organic Chemistry4(3-3)

Option B (8 hours)

CHM 345Organic Chemistry I3(3-0)
CHM 346Organic Chemistry II3(3-0)
CHM 349Organic Chemistry Laboratory2(0-6)

Option C (8 hours)

CHM 343Organic Chemistry I: Foundations4(4-0)
CHM 348Organic Chemistry II: Bioorganic2(2-0)
CHM 349Organic Chemistry Laboratory2(0-6)

Other Requirements III (3-6 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (3 hours)

CHM 421Introductory Biochemistry for Health Sciences3(3-0)

Option B (3 hours)

CHM 520Introductory Biochemistry3(3-0)

Option C (6 hours)

CHM 521Biochemistry I3(3-0)
CHM 522Biochemistry II3(3-0)

Other Requirements IV (0 hours)

Capstone Exit Exam and Survey

This capstone experience may include taking the Biology Major Field Test, analyzing and interpreting data, and/or completing an exit survey.

Electives (10 hours)

Select advanced level elective courses from the list below. At least two (2) courses must be at the 400-level or higher. At least one elective must be a BIO course with laboratory hours. Courses selected in Required Courses may not also be used as electives.

BIO 320Biology of Microorganisms4(3-3)
BIO 324Eukaryotic Cell Biology3(3-0)
BIO 325Biotechnology3(1-5)
BIO 330Light Microscopy3(2-2)
BIO 337Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4(3-3)
BIO 365Environmental Contaminants3(3-0)
BIO 390Comparative Animal Physiology4(3-3)
BIO 391Plant Physiology4(3-3)
BIO 392Mammalian Physiology4(3-3)
BIO 397Special Topics in Biology1-6(Spec)
BIO 403WIUndergraduate Research3-4(Spec)
BIO 435Environmental Toxicology3(3-0)
BIO 487/PSY 487Recent Advances in Neuroscience Seminar2(2-0)
BIO 490Biomedical Sciences Seminar1-3(Spec)
BIO 495Undergraduate Internship in Biology1-4(Spec)
BIO 497Special Topics in Biology1-9(Spec)
BIO 501Evolution3(3-0)
BIO 524Molecular Biology3(3-0)
BIO 534Endocrinology3(3-0)
BIO 536Histology3(2-3)
BIO 537Immunology3(3-0)
BIO 539Virology3(3-0)
BIO 544Developmental Biology4(3-3)
BIO 545Molecular Genetics3(3-0)
BIO 546Molecular Genetics Laboratory1(0-3)
BIO 550Transmission Electron Microscopy4(1-6)
BIO 552Scanning Electron Microscope Technique4(3-3)
BIO 553Confocal Microscopy3(2-3)
BIO 565Microbial Diversity and Physiology3(3-0)
BIO 566Microbial Diversity and Physiology Laboratory1(0-3)
BIO 570Medical Cell Biology3-4(Spec)
BIO 575Applied Bioinformatics4(3-3)
BIO 576WIMammalian Cell Culture3(1-5)
BIO 580Medical Microbiology4(2-4)
BIO 585Conservation Medicine3(3-0)
BIO 590Cardiovascular Physiology3(3-0)
BIO 591Neurophysiology3(3-0)
BIO 595Cancer Biology3(3-0)
BIO 597Special Topics in Biology1-9(Spec)

Notes: Credit toward the Biology major may only be earned in BIO 397BIO 497, and BIO 597 with permission of advisor. Students who choose BIO 546BIO 566, or BIO 571 must also take the appropriate pre/co-requisite lecture course.

Total: 63-71 semester hours

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