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Biomedical Sciences, General


General biomedical sciences programs use the combined study of biology, health, and medicine to teach people how the body reacts to disease and treatment.

Biomedical sciences programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in biological sciences. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in biological sciences. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree. Some graduate programs offer courses in specialized areas such as reproductive biology, pharmacology, genetics, and neuroscience.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

Most people with an undergraduate degree in biomedical science are qualified to work as lab assistants or medical technicians. Some get jobs as science or medical writers or work in food safety.

Many schools offer combined MD/PhD programs in biomedical science. This means that you become both a medical doctor and a research scientist.

Most people with a degree in biomedical science go on to some type of professional or graduate school such as medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school. In addition, a degree in biomedical science is good preparation for graduate school in nursing, physical therapy, or further study in many of the life sciences.


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