Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 26.0102

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Biomedical Sciences degree serves as a gateway into a variety of health-professional programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Physician Assistant. Required courses include Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics. This degree provides the flexibility to choose advanced-level science coursework based on academic and professional interests. Students contemplating graduate study should pursue a major in the discipline of their interest, such as Biology, Chemistry, or Microbiology.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • BSC X010 & BSC X010L Biology I & Lab or BSC X010C
  • BSC X011 & BSC X011L Biology II & Lab or BSC X011C
  • CHM X045 & CHM X045L General Chemistry I & Lab or CHM X045C
  • CHM X046 & CHM X046L General Chemistry II & Lab or CHM X046C
  • CHM X210 & CHM X210L Organic Chemistry I & Lab or CHM X210C
  • CHM X211 & CHM X211L Organic Chemistry II & Lab or CHM X211C
  • PHY X053 & PHY X053L General Physics I & Lab and PHY X054 & PHY X054L General Physics II & Lab OR
    • PHY X053C and PHY X054C OR
    • PHY X048 & PHY X048L General Physics I & Lab and PHY X049 & PHY X049L General Physics II & Lab OR
    • BSC X093C Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BSC X094C Human Anatomy & Physiology II OR
    • BSC X093 & BSC X093L and BSC X094 & BSC X094L
  • MAC X241 Life Sciences Calculus or MAC X281 or MAC X311
  • MAC X242 Life Sciences Calculus II or MAC X282 or MAC X312 or STA X023 or STA X024

Total Major Hours: 61-62 Hours

Major Core Courses - 40 Hours

Tier 1

Required Biology Courses (8 credit hours):

Required Chemistry Courses (18 credit hours):

Required Mathematics Courses (6 credit hours):*

Required Physics Courses (8 credit hours):*

Major Elective Courses - 21-22 Hours

Tier 2

Required Biomedical Electives:
Total 7-8 credit hours of required courses:

Minimum of 14 credits from the following to include:

  • Upper-level Biology course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Chemistry course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Chemistry or Biology course (3 hour minimum lecture course)
  • Upper-level Chemistry or Biology Lab (1 hour minimum)
  • Upper-level Additional Biomedical electives (4 hours minimum)

Biology Courses:

Chemistry Courses:

*BCH 3023L Satisfies Lab or Additional Biomedical Elective Only

**Contact Advisor for approval of CHM 4932 Courses

Other Courses:

  • CHM 4060 Use of Chemical Literature
  • HSC 4504 Foundations of Public Health Immunology**
  • PHZ 4702 Applications of Physics to Biology & Medicine I
  • PHZ 4703 Applications of Physics to Biology & Medicine II

**Students may not use both HSC 4504 and PCB 4234 to the meet Tier 2 required Biomedical Electives requirements.

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