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The BS in Biological Sciences - BaccMed Track degree is competitive program recommended for those who wish to pursue careers in medicine.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the major in Biological Sciences are as follows:

  • Students will be prepared for entry into professional health or research related schools, post-graduate (MS) programs, or the workplace.
  • Students will master the subjects found on standardized tests (molecular biology, physiology, immunology) required for entrance into professional schools (MCAT, GRE, etc.).
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles and their application.
  • Students should be able to reason critically, both individually and in collaboration with other students.

The BS degree in Biological Sciences requires a minimum of 37 semester hours from within the Department of Biological Sciences. (Courses at the 1000-level are not applicable to a BS degree.) Required courses may not be taken as credit/no credit.

All Biological Science majors following the BaccMed track must satisfy the following requirements:

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 1581HHonors Biomathematics 2 (MATH 1571 is now an allowed prerequisite for MATH 1581H)4
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model.
Listed GER courses below are required for this major.
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Science (2 courses, one must include a lab)
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Social Science
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology
Social and Personal Awareness
Fundamentals of Public Health
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare
STEM 1520STEM First Year Orientation2
Required BIOL Courses (21 s.h.):
BIOL 2603Integrated Biology for BS/MD4
BIOL 3711Cell Biology: Fine Structure3
BIOL 3721Genetics3
BIOL 3730Human Physiology4
BIOL 3730LHuman Physiology Laboratory1
BIOL 3705Introduction to Human Gross Anatomy4
BIOL 3705LIntroduction to Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory0
BIOL 4861Senior Biology Capstone Experience2
In addition to the 21 s.h. Required BIOL Courses, students must take a minimum of 16 s.h. elective BIOL courses. These must be 3700 level or higher. A minimum of two BIOL electives must have a laboratory component. One of these labs must be at 4800 level or above.16
Required Support Courses (54 s.h.):
CHEM 1515
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHEM 1516
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
CHEM 3719
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 Laboratory
CHEM 3720
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Laboratory
CHEM 3785Biochemistry 13
PHYS 2610General Physics 14
PHYS 2610LGeneral Physics laboratory 11
PHYS 2611General Physics 24
PHYS 2611LGeneral Physics laboratory 21
MATH 1572Calculus 24
STAT 3717Statistical Methods (or Biol 5853, Biometry, 4 sh)4
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
PHLT 1531Fundamentals of Public Health3
PHLT 3709Elements of Urban Environmental Health Practices3
STEM 4809Primary Care Medical Practices2
Free Electives Additional coursework as needed to reach 120 s.h.8
Total Semester Hours120