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Work in Health Care or Biomedical Research

If you’re thinking about medical school or other health professions, our biomedical sciences major is for you! This versatile program will fully prepare you for any health-related field. It is focused on health sciences and leaves ample room for developing other interests that enhance your application to professional schools.

If you want to be a health care professional, you may also wish to consider biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience and psychology as they are great points of entry to a career in health care. Many academic majors will prepare you for admission to professional schools if you also complete the required pre-requisite courses.

Jump into a career as a biomedical researcher or continue your studies to work in health care as a:

  • Physician (MD and DO)
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Optometrist
  • Physical therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist

Interested in doing research into the causes and cures of human disease? You'll also be ready for graduate study programs in biomedicine—including cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology or microbiology—and to work in biomedical research.

Deciding can be difficult – we’re here to help! Our faculty are available to provide advice and insight as you consider your options. Contact us at prehealthadviser@susqu.edu

Ace Your Entrance Exams

Build a solid foundation in biology, chemistry and physics while also taking applied courses in the study of the human body and the social sciences.

You'll meet the requirements for admission to medical school and other professional programs and have all the courses you need to thoroughly prepare for entrance exams such as the MCAT, DAT,OAT and PCAT.

These exams require significant science coursework plus an emphasis on the social sciences. Our liberal arts curriculum is perfectly positioned to give you the broad-based critical thinking, reading, writing and communicating foundation you need to excel on the exam and as a practitioner.

Explore Other Interests

Our program is flexible so that you can fully explore your interests beyond science and add a second major or a minor.

For example, want to provide health care in a Spanish-speaking community? Pick up a Spanish minor! Have a passion for music? A competitive athlete? No problem! You can do that here.

Our students go on to medical school at: 

Thomas Jefferson University
Penn State College of Medicine
Temple University
University of Buffalo
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Commonwealth Medical College
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University
West Virginia University Osteopathic
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Virginia
Ohio State University

Our students go on to dental school at:

Temple University
University of New England

Our students go on to veterinary school at: 

University of California at Davis
University of Pennsylvania
Virginia Tech University
University of Oklahoma
University of Minnesota

Our students go on to study optometry at:

Salus University
Southern College of Optometry
Boston University

Our students go on to study podiatry at: 

Barry University

Our students are accepted to biomedical science graduate programs at:

University of Pittsburgh (interdisciplinary biomedical graduate program)
Duke University (cell and molecular biology)
Vanderbilt University (immunology)
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (microbiology and immunology)
Cornell University (biochemistry, molecular and cell biology)
Dartmouth University (molecular and cellular biology)

Our students find jobs right out of school at:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Duke University
West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp.

Requirements for the Major in Biomedical Sciences. The rigorous Biomedical Sciences major combines a solid foundation in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry, and physics with more applied courses related to the study of the human body plus the addition of courses in the social sciences that will prepare students for working effectively in the field of biomedicine as health care practitioners and biomedical researchers. This major allows students to meet the requirements for admission to medical and other professional programs and ensures they will have the necessary coursework to prepare for entrance exams such as the MCAT, DAT and OAT. Students completing this major will also be well prepared for admission to graduate study programs in biomedicine, such as cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, immunology, or microbiology, and to work in biomedical research settings. Students in the Biomedical Sciences major may not double-major or minor in Biology.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences requires 67-68 semester hours in the following courses, with grades of C- or better:

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>

12 Biology Sequence

4 BIOL-101 Ecology and Evolution
4 BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics
4 BIOL-205 Organismal Biology

4 Upper-level Cell/Molecular Biology with Labratory

        Take one of the following options:

4        BIOL-300/301 Developmental Biology

4        BIOL-306/307 Cell Biology

4        BIOL-312/313 Microbiology

4        BIOL-316/317 Molecular Biology

4        BIOL-319 Advanced Genetics

4        BIOL-400/401 Immunology

16 Chemistry sequence

4        General Chemistry I - choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111

4        General Chemistry II - choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-112

4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
4 CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II

Biochemistry course

     Take one of the following:

3-4      Choose from: CHEM-424 Biochemistry of Metabolism, CHEM-426 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes or CHEM-314 Survey of Biochemistry

8 Physics sequence (the course must be accompanied with the labratory)

4        Introductory Physics I - choose from: PHYS-202, PHYS-203 or PHYS-204

4        Introductory Physics II - choose from: PHYS-205 or PHYS-206

4 Physiology (the course must be accompanied with the labratory when offered)

        Take one course from the following:

4        HLCR-302 Human Physiology

4        BIOL-310/311 Animal Physiology

4        BIOL-320/321 Exercise and Extreme Physiology

12 Additional required courses

4 HLCR-301 Human Anatomy
4 PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology
4 SOCI-101 Principles of Sociology
or ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology

4 Statistics

        Take one course from the following:

4 BIOL-220 Biostatistics
4 MATH-108 Introduction to Statistics
4 MATH-180 Statistical Methods

4 Capstone

4 BIOL-350 Investigative Problems in Biology
Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address tobinjan@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4067

Jack Russell Holt, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Emailholt@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4205

Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address mpeeler@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4207

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Emailpersons@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4526

David S. Richard, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address richard@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4206

Carlos Alberto Iudica, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Emailcasaiud@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4208

David Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address matlaga@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4347

Alissa A. Packer, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Emailpacker@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4217

Thomas C. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address peelert@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4381

Jan Reichard-Brown, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Emailreichardbrown@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4031

Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address rhinehart@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-2008

Pavithra Vivekanand, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Emailvivekanand@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4422

Michael Allar

Department: Biology
Adjunct Faculty in Health Care Studies

Email Address allar@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4211

Mark Prokopovits

Department: Biology
Adjunct Faculty in Biology

Emailprokopovits@susqu.edu

Tanya Matlaga, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Adjunct Faculty in Biology

Email Address matlagat@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4778

Tracey Wolfe

Department: Biology
Adjunct Faculty in Health Care Studies

Emailwolfetracey@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4211

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Tammy Tobin, department head
570-372-4067
tobinjan@susqu.edu

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