Biomedical Sciences Major

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The biomedical sciences major in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University is designed to explore the human, molecular and cellular aspects of the life sciences, with the opportunity to study cell biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology and physiology.

You might choose the biomedical major if you:

  • Are considering going on to medical, dental or another professional schools.
  • Are interested in human biology.
  • Are interested in the health field but not sure of your specific goals.
  • Are skilled in science, especially human sciences.

Coursework

Biomedical sciences majors take required coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Preparation for future challenges outside of the University will be gained through:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving
  • Written and oral communication

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ADVISING

Advisors facilitate student success by creating an on-going partnership with students and providing knowledge regarding degree requirements and WMU student success resources.

Careers

Biomedical Sciences graduates have diverse career opportunities within a variety of sectors including government, education, business and community. Employers recruit biomedical science graduates for the professional and transferable skills they have developed throughout their studies and work experiences.

  • Education
  • Entry level medical research
  • Media and communications
  • Pharmaceuticals and marketing
  • Wellness

Graduate study

Most students choose to pursue advanced degrees. This versatile major serves as an excellent background for many professional degrees, including:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Veterinary medicine

Our biomedical science majors also go on to graduate studies in:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Community medicine
  • Forensic science
  • Public health

For more career information, contact the undergraduate advisor and visit the career guidance page.

Transfer students

A minimum of 15 hours of BIOS coursework must be earned at Western Michigan University for a major. Transfer students must consult with both the Biological Sciences undergraduate advisor and a College of Arts and Sciences advisor before registering for classes. Additional transfer information is available on the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Student organizations

You may choose to participate in a student organization to enhance your academic experience and prepare for your professional career.