MA in Biomedicine: Biomedical Science Concentration

Students who are service-oriented, compassionate, interested in health and human biology issues, and are academically competent can enter medical schools and become skilled health care professionals if they complete appropriate pre-requisite courses during their undergraduate years in college. Some students, who graduate with baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts, humanities, business, social work, etc., later decide that they would like to go to medical school but lack the prerequisite coursework. Our postbaccalaureate biomedical program is designed to help those students realize their dream.

Currently, there is a shortage of health care professionals in most areas of the United States as well as internationally. During the next decade, the U.S. Department of Labor projects a growth of more than 25% in the health care industry (including family care physicians, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc), meaning more new jobs than most other industries.

Course Schedule (48 hours for MA)

Biomedical Core Courses (30 semester hours)

Natural Sciences (12 SH)

BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4 SH)
BMC 612 Human Anatomy (4 SH)
BMC 561 Biochemistry (4 SH)
Another natural science course may be substituted for one of the above.

Cross Discipline (8 SH)

BMC 613 Research Design & Statistics
BMX 611 Biomedicine Faith & Ethics
BMX 613 Behavioral & Social Science Principles

Transdicipline (10 SH)

BMC 610 Seminar in Biomedicine I (2 SH)
BMC 611 Seminar in Biomedicine II (2 SH)
BMC 623 Research in Biomedicine (2 SH)
BMC 598 Biomedicine Practicum (1 SH)
BMX 603 Biomedical Cross Culture (3 SH)

Biomedical Science Concentration (13 SH)

Courses in the science track may be substituted for students who have successfully completed the course as an undergraduate or to accommodate another course better suited for entrance into a program other than osteopathic or allopathic school.
BMC 562 Human Physiology (4 SH)
BMC 572 Cognitive Psychology (3 SH)

Please choose two of the following courses (6 SH) Courses offered alternate years
BMC 552 Cell Biology (3 SH)
BMC 561 Immunology (3 SH)
BMC 563 Molecular Genetics (3 SH)
BMS 562 Neurobiology (3 SH)
BMS 570 Medical Microbiology (3 SH)
BMS 540 DRUGS: Discovery, Design, Action (3 SH) online/summer only

Biomedical Science Electives (5-6 SH)

Offered with adequate enrollment

BMS 525 Medical Terminology (2)
BMS 531 Environmental Chemistry (4)
BMS 551 Conservation Biology (3)
BMS 552 Environmental Toxicology (3)
BMS 553 Sustainable Agriculture (4)
BMS 554 Natural History of the Shenandoah Valley (4)
BMS 555 Plant Ecophysiology (3)
BMS 556 Entomology (3)
BMS 557 Ecology & Field Biology (4)
+BMS 571 Abnormal Psychology (3)
BMS 573 Theories of Personality (3)
+BMS 574 Neuropsychology (3)
BMS 581 Analytical Chemistry (4)
BMS 582 Thermodynamics (3)
BMS 583 Quantum Mechanics (3)
BMS 680 Academic and Professional Writing (2)
+Recommended elective courses

Additional graduate level courses in education, business, counseling, Center for Justice and Peacebuidling, or seminary may be selected as electives.

Prerequisite Courses

Undergraduate science course program requirements (or equivalents)

For full admission to graduate status, students must have completed (35 SH):

Two general biology courses with laboratories (8 SH)
Two general chemistry courses with laboratories (8 SH)
Two organic chemistry courses with laboratories (8 SH)
Two general physics courses with laboratories (8 SH)
One mathematics course (Calculus) (3 SH)

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