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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Requirements for a Major in Biomedical Sciences

1. General University Degree Requirements

As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

2. Required Biomedical Sciences Courses

3. Additional Required Courses

4. Biomedical Sciences Elective Courses

Six additional hours of upper-division (BMS 300-level and higher) biomedical sciences courses, excluding BMS 301, BMS 374, and BMS 495.

In addition, the following courses outside of BMS may also be included in these six hours:

Emphases

Nutrition Science

Graduates from this emphasis will be prepared to pursue graduate training in many disciplines within the biomedical sciences, especially nutrition or physiology. Students who wish to become a registered dietician can do so by completing an accredited didactic program in dietetics at the graduate level, and an approved dietetic internship program. The nutrition emphasis also offers outstanding preparation for premedical or prephysician assistant students who are interested in understanding the mechanisms by which diet influences health and disease. In addition, this emphasis will prepare graduates for career opportunities as a laboratory technician. Because it is impossible to design one curriculum to fulfill the requirements of every graduate school or career choice, it is the student's responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to see that requirements are met for the graduate schools or careers in which the student is interested.

1. Required Biomedical Sciences Courses

Any four of the following five nutrition courses (credits: 12)

2. Additional Required Courses

Microbiology

Graduates from this emphasis will be prepared to enter a graduate program in microbiology or biotechnology. It would be an excellent emphasis for a premedical student interested in infectious disease. In addition, the laboratory-rich aspect of this emphasis will prepare a graduate for becoming a microbiology/biotechnology laboratory technician. Because it is impossible to design one curriculum to fulfill the requirements of every graduate school or laboratory, it is the student's responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to see that the requirements are fulfilled for the particular school(s)/job(s) in which the student is interested. This major, although directed, allows sufficient flexibility to accommodate specific requirements that various programs may have.

1. Required Biomedical Sciences Courses

2. Additional Required Courses

3. Biomedical Sciences Electives Courses

Six additional hours of upper-division courses from the following:

Biomedical Sciences Program Description

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