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Biomedical Sciences, B.S.

The biomedical sciences (BMS) major is designed to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of the life sciences with a focus on the human body. BMS is a gateway to many exciting and meaningful professional career paths.

Visit the program website for more information.

Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

Faculty in the Biomedical Sciences department have expertise in the general areas of microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. From this expertise, they are able to offer excellent instruction at the introductory and advanced level, as well as the opportunity for students to be involved in a wide variety of research projects to gain laboratory experience and technical skills. Areas of research include bacterial genetics, cardiovascular disease, epidemiology, human anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, parasitology, stem cell biology, and toxicology to name a few.

Why Study Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley?

  • The biomedical sciences program prepares students for graduate-level health and science related careers, and fulfills the entrance requirements for most professional schools.
  • Faculty members are involved in a wide variety of research projects, providing opportunities for students to gain real-world laboratory experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty with advanced degrees in their respective fields.
  • Faculty members are accessible for office hours, advising, and mentoring. They provide guidance for career development in their fields of expertise.
  • More than 35 advanced elective courses are offered covering all areas of biomedical science, including experiential learning through internships, research, study abroad, and serving as laboratory assistants to the professors in laboratory classes.

Career Insights

This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.

Location & Format

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

A variety of online courses are available spring/summer term.



The biomedical sciences major provides a strong foundation in the sciences that prepares the student for careers in science and medicine. The requirements for the major align with the coursework required for admission to professional schools and graduate programs in the sciences.

Students will study a variety of topics, including:

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

Combined Degree Programs

The biomedical science bachelor's degree can be combined with the Master of Health Science degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

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

Admissions and Recruitment Office