Biomedical Sciences - BS
- A Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) major will be admitted into the upper-level courses according to the following criteria:
- Completion of a set of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses (35 hours to include BIOL 111, BIOL 112, CHEM 101/CHEM 111, CHEM 102/CHEM 112, CHEM 227/CHEM 237, CHEM 228/CHEM 238, PHYS 201, PHYS 202 and MATH 131) with a grade of C or better in each course taken at Texas A&M. Any CBK course transferred in from a community college must have a minimum grade of a "B". Normally, for admission to BIMS upper-level courses, a student may have attempted a CBK course no more than twice.
- A minimum of 55 completed semester hours with a cumulative resident Grade Point Ratio (GPR) of 2.5 or better.
Process: Each student upon completing 55–65 semester credit hours must have a degree audit to verify upper-level eligibility.
- The Biomedical Sciences Program will continue to accept changes of major into BIMS according to current Texas A&M University policy, but restrict changes of major into the upper-level courses (BIMS) according to the criteria listed in item 1. Students in other majors requesting a change of major to the BIMS program must also fulfill the criteria in item 1. In addition, the dean must verify availability of resources necessary to insure the student’s full-time enrollment in required upper-level courses prior to admission to upper-level status. If such courses are not available, the student will be denied admission to Biomedical Sciences.
- To enter BIMS upper-level courses, transfer students must have:
- A minimum GPR of 3.0 in CBK courses with a grade of B or better in each completed course if taken at a 2-year college. A grade of C is accepted from a 4-year college.
- Transfer students admitted under another major and wishing to change into BIMS must complete one semester of graded coursework at Texas A&M University with a cumulative resident GPR of 2.5 and must fulfill the criteria in item 1.
- Texas A&M change of majors must have at least 55 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPR of 3.0.
- Students seeking readmission will be considered on a case-by-case basis, according to current catalog policy. No quotas will be placed on readmission; however, the decision to readmit will be dependent on resource availability and University policy.
- Any BIMS student admitted to upper-level courses who then falls below the 2.5 GPR requirement will not be considered in good academic standing in their major and will be placed on college probation. Students who achieve less than a 1.0 GPR in any semester are not eligible for college probation or grade warning status. All Biomedical Sciences majors must follow established probation rules for the Biomedical Sciences Program.
- The Dean, Director or Department Head will reserve the right to waive CBK or GPR requirements within the criteria established in Texas A&M University Student Rules.
- No courses other than BIMS 481, BIMS 484, VIBS 310, VIBS 311, or research/directed studies credits can be taken S/U to be used in the degree plan.
- BIMS probation is determined at the end of the Spring semester. Students not meeting acceptable GPR requirements (2.5 BIMS majors with 55 or more hours or 2.0 area of concentration (USVM), BIMS majors with less than 55 hours) will be required to attend Texas A&M University that summer and repeat courses as needed to raise their GPR. Students who achieve less than a 1.0 GPR in any semester (BIMS or USVM) are not eligible for college probation or grade warning status.
- Students may only attempt CVM courses a total of three (3) times.
Applied Science Option
Biomedical Sciences is a broad field of applied biology that is directed toward understanding health and disease. Our mission is to educate students who will create a healthier future for humans and animals through the medical professions, biomedical innovation and discovery, global service and outreach. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong four-year education that emphasizes versatility of the graduate in the biological and medical sciences. A highly effective counseling program assists the students with the development of an individualized approach and course package that orients and prepares the students for entry into the medical, allied health field or graduate program of their choice. Such an approach enhances their educational experiences, improves their placement in professional and graduate programs, and facilitates their entry into the biomedical science job market.
Biomedical Sciences graduates enter professional programs in human medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, podiatry, optometry, and pharmacy. Some become medical technologists, physician assistants, nurses, and laboratory and research technicians. Others pursue radiation technology, hospital administration, and a wide variety of health-related fields. Many Biomedical Sciences students continue their education in graduate schools and specialize in various biology- and medicine-related disciplines. Other graduates are employed by clinical practices, industrial companies, government agencies, private foundations, public schools, colleges and certain aspects of business. Positions are available in pharmaceutical and drug marketing, research equipment manufacture and sales, food safety, biomedical research, disease control, zoonoses and epidemiology, laboratory animal care, zoo and aquatic animal supervision, health-related inspection and regulatory work. The BS in Biomedical Sciences is also awarded to students who complete the three year Early Admission Option to Professional Schools and one year of professional school.
|Fall||Semester Credit Hours|
|BIMS 101||Introduction to Biomedical Science||1|
|BIOL 111||Introductory Biology I||4|
|CHEM 101 |
& CHEM 111
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I |
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
|Social and behavioral sciences elective 2||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||15|
|BIOL 112||Introductory Biology II||4|
|CHEM 102 |
& CHEM 112
|Fundamentals of Chemistry II |
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
|ENGL 104||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Engineering Mathematics I|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus|
|Semester Credit Hours||14|
|CHEM 227||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 237||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|HIST 105||History of the United States||3|
|PHYS 201||College Physics||4|
|POLS 206||American National Government||3|
|Creative arts elective 2||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||17|
|CHEM 228 |
& CHEM 238
|Organic Chemistry II |
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
|HIST 106||History of the United States||3|
|PHYS 202||College Physics||4|
|POLS 207||State and Local Government||3|
|Language, philosophy and culture elective 2||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||17|
|BICH 410||Comprehensive Biochemistry I||3|
|BIMS 320/GENE 320||Biomedical Genetics||3|
|VIBS 305||Biomedical Anatomy||4|
|Select a BIMS directed elective from the list below 1||3|
|Select a BIMS directed elective from the list below 2||2|
|Semester Credit Hours||15|
|BICH 411||Comprehensive Biochemistry II||3|
|VIBS 310||Biomedical Writing||1|
|VTPB 405||Biomedical Microbiology||5|
|Select a BIMS directed elective from the list below 2||3|
|Communication elective 2||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||15|
|VIBS 311||Biomedical Explorations through Narrative||1|
|STAT 302||Statistical Methods||3|
|Select BIMS directed electives from the list below 2||6|
|Free elective 2||3|
|Semester Credit Hours||13|
|VTPP 423||Biomedical Physiology I||4|
|Select BIMS directed electives from the list below 2||10|
|Semester Credit Hours||14|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Must be chosen in consultation with BIMS academic advisor.
Check with your BIMS academic advisor to select the correct courses.
In satisfying the required 26 hours of BIMS directed electives and free electives, all 285/485 courses may not exceed 6 credit hours and all 289/489 courses may not exceed 9 credit hours. A 289/489 course used as a free elective may not exceed 3 hours. A 291/491 course may not exceed 3 hours credit.
BIMS directed electives are courses that constitute the major offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and those approved for biomedical science electives. A student may choose 26 semester credits from the following partial list of courses:
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|BIMS 110||One Health in Action||1|
|BIMS 201||Introduction to Phenotypic Expression in the Context of Human Medicine||2|
|BIMS 289||Special Topics in...||1-4|
|BIMS 392||Cooperative Education in Biomedical Science||2|
|BIMS 481||Seminar in Biomedical Science||1|
|BIMS 405/GENE 405||Mammalian Genetics||3|
|BIMS 421/GENE 421||Advanced Human Genetics||3|
|BIMS 452/GENE 452||Modifying Mammalian Genomes for Biomedical Research||3|
|BIMS 484||Biomedical Science Field Experience||2|
|BIMS 489||Special Topics in...||1-4|
|VTPB 212||Genetics in the News||3|
|VTPB 221||Great Diseases of the World||3|
|VTPB 301/WFSC 327||Wildlife Diseases||3|
|VTPB 303||Medical Communication in the International Community||2|
|VTPB 407||Advanced Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory||1-3|
|VTPB 408||Clinical Microbiology||4|
|VTPB 409||Introduction to Immunology||3|
|VTPB 410||Cell Mechanisms of Disease||3|
|VTPB 412||Techniques of Clinical Pathology||4|
|VTPB 415||Immunogenetics and Comparative Immunology||3|
|VTPB 421||Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals||3|
|VTPB 438||Biomedical Virology||3|
|VTPB 452||Clinical Veterinary Mycology||3|
|VTPB 487/BIOL 487||Biomedical Parasitology||4|
|VTPP 123||Foundations of Physiology||3|
|VTPP 223||Design of Experiments for Physiology Research||3|
|VTPP 224||In Vitro Experimentation in Physiology Research||3|
|VTPP 234||Design of Models for Physiology Research||3|
|VTPP 235||Analysis and Validation of Models for Physiology Research||3|
|VTPP 401/BMEN 400||History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe||4|
|VTPP 424/VIBS 424||Biomedical Neuroendrocrinology and Endocrine Disorders||3|
|VTPP 427||Biomedical Physiology II||3|
|VTPP 429||Introduction to Toxicology||3|
|VTPP 438||Analysis of Genomic Signals||3|
|VTPP 439||Non-Coding RNA’s||3|
|VTPP 444||Practicum in Biomedical Research||3|
|VTPP 450||Stem Cell Physiology||3|
|VTPP 452||Fetal and Embryo Physiology||3|
|VIBS 204||Fundamentals of Food Toxicology and Safety||3|
|VIBS 222||Great Poisonings of the World||3|
|VIBS 277/NRSC 277||Introduction to Neuroscience||3|
|VIBS 401||Developmental Neurotoxicology||2|
|VIBS 404||Food Toxicology and Safety||3|
|VIBS 407/NRSC 407||Core Ideas in Neuroscience||2|
|VIBS 408||Neuroscience and Religion||3|
|VIBS 411||Tumor Cell Biology and Carcinogenesis||3|
|VIBS 413||Introduction to Epidemiology||3|
|VIBS 420||Computer Applications in Public Health Research||3|
|VIBS 422||Endocrine Toxicology||4|
|VIBS 424/VTPP 424||Biomedical Neuroendrocrinology and Endocrine Disorders||3|
|VIBS 432||Public Health Practices||3|
|VIBS 443||Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues||4|
|VIBS 450/NRSC 450||Mammalian Functional Neuroanatomy||4|
|Additional CVM courses|
|489, including Honors sections, 285/485 (Directed Studies), 291/491 (Research)|
A complete list of all BIMS directed electives may be obtained from a BIMS advisor.