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Biomedical Science Major

The Biomedical Science Major at UW Oshkosh comprises the common requirements for most graduate health profession programs, making it appropriate for PreMedicine, PreDentistry, PreOptometry, PrePhysician Assistant, PrePharmacy, and the like. It is also a good choice for those wishing involvement in biomedical research.  A Biomedical Science major ensures that the student will be trained in anatomy, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, and physiology — covering many content areas found on professional admission exams (MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, etc.). Electives includes special-interest courses such as Entomology, Epidemiology, Environmental Toxicology, Food & Public Health Microbiology, Immunology, Neurobiology, and Parasitology. This major does not mandate Calculus or Physics but, if needed, these can easily be added to a 4-year graduate plan.

Required Core Courses:

  • Biology (14-15 credits)
    • Biology 105: Biological Concepts-Unity (4 cr.) OR Biology 108 Honors: Concepts in Biology-Unity (5 cr.)
    • Biology 323: Introduction Molecular and Cell Biology (3 cr.)
    • Biology 343: Genetics (4 cr.)
    • Biology 349: Ecology and Evolution (3 cr.)
  • Chemistry (21 credits)
    • Chemistry 105 General Chemistry I (5 cr.)
    • Chemistry 106 General Chemistry II (5 cr.)
    • Chemistry 234 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
    • Chemistry 235 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1 cr)
    • Chemistry 334 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr)
    • Chemistry 335 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 cr)
    • Chemistry 303 Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • Electives (20 credits)
    • Anatomy (ONE of the following):
      • Biology 211: Human Anatomy (4 cr.)
      • Biology 308: Comparative Anatomy (5 cr.)
    • Microbiology (ONE of the following):
      • Biology 233: Microbial Survey (4 cr.)
      • Biology 309: Microbiology (5 cr.)
    • Physiology (ONE of the following):
      • Biology 319: General Animal Physiology (5 cr.)
      • Biology 450: Microbial Physiology (5 cr.)
    • Other (to 20 credits; *must be healthcare related; ** only if not used above)
      • Biology 300*, 301*, 303, 306, 308**, 310, 312, 313, 315, 316, 319**, 321, 332, 338, 339, 341, 344, 354, 372, 374, 450**, 446*, or 456*
  • Mathematics As specified for College of Letters and Science (COLS) requirements for degree (200+ level Statistics recommended).  
  • Biology 491: Senior Survey (0 cr.): to be taken only in the final semester.