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Biomedical Sciences, B.S.

The Biomedical Sciences major is designed to help students acquire a comprehensive understanding of the human life sciences and launch students into exciting scientific or health careers. It prepares our students for post-graduate professional schools, such as medical, dental, pharmacy, or other graduate programs such as physician assistant studies, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.

Majors in Biomedical Sciences may also select an optional emphasis in either microbiology or nutrition.

Visit the program website for more information.

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Source: EMSI, 2020

Why Study Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley?

  • Academic flexibility. The Biomedical Sciences major fulfills the requirements of almost any professional school.
  • Faculty attention. The majority of our courses are taught by experts with a Ph.D. in their respective fields.
  • Research Experiences. Students have numerous opportunities to contribute to scientific research while receiving one on one mentoring.
  • Professional development. Many of our students travel to professional meetings with their faculty mentors to present research findings and meet other experts outside of Grand Valley.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


The Biomedical Sciences major consists of coursework essential for successful admission to and completion of a professional school curriculum, plus courses that provide educational breadth. Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Career Options

Biomedical Sciences is a preeminent choice for students interested in health and science related careers in the fields of medicine (human and veterinary), dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing. It is also an excellent choice for students interested in furthering their training at the graduate level. Graduates of the Biomedical Sciences can also obtain employment in a variety of areas such as:

  • Research laboratories in academia, industry, or government
  • Regulatory branches of the government
  • Pharmaceutical sales

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Skills Employers Want

The B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Cultures
  • Cell Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biochemical Assays
  • Biochemistry
  • Medical Research

Source: EMSI, 2020.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Biomedical Sciences Department
212 Henry Hall
(616) 331-3318

Admissions Office