Biomedical Sciences - BS


  1. A Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) major will be admitted into the upper-level courses according to the following criteria:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To enter BIMS upper-level courses, transfer students must have:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Texas A&M change of majors must have at least 55 semester credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPR of 3.0.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. No courses other than BIMS 481, BIMS 484, VIBS 310VIBS 311, or research/directed studies credits can be taken S/U to be used in the degree plan.
  8. 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. 
  9. 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester 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
Mathematics elective 3
Social and behavioral sciences elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
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
Mathematical Concepts—Calculus  
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
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 Hours17
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 Hours17
Third Year
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 Hours15
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 Hours15
Fourth Year
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 Hours13
VTPP 423 Biomedical Physiology I 4
Select BIMS directed electives from the list below 2 10
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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.

Directed Electives

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:

BIMS 110One Health in Action1
BIMS 201Introduction to Phenotypic Expression in the Context of Human Medicine2
BIMS 289Special Topics in...1-4
BIMS 291Research0-4
BIMS 392Cooperative Education in Biomedical Science2
BIMS 481Seminar in Biomedical Science1
BIMS 405/GENE 405Mammalian Genetics3
BIMS 421/GENE 421Advanced Human Genetics3
BIMS 452/GENE 452Modifying Mammalian Genomes for Biomedical Research3
BIMS 484Biomedical Science Field Experience2
BIMS 489Special Topics in...1-4
VTPB 212Genetics in the News3
VTPB 221Great Diseases of the World3
VTPB 301/WFSC 327Wildlife Diseases3
VTPB 303Medical Communication in the International Community2
VTPB 407Advanced Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory1-3
VTPB 408Clinical Microbiology4
VTPB 409Introduction to Immunology3
VTPB 410Cell Mechanisms of Disease3
VTPB 412Techniques of Clinical Pathology4
VTPB 415Immunogenetics and Comparative Immunology3
VTPB 421Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals3
VTPB 438Biomedical Virology3
VTPB 452Clinical Veterinary Mycology3
VTPB 487/BIOL 487Biomedical Parasitology4
VTPP 123Foundations of Physiology3
VTPP 223Design of Experiments for Physiology Research3
VTPP 224In Vitro Experimentation in Physiology Research3
VTPP 234Design of Models for Physiology Research3
VTPP 235Analysis and Validation of Models for Physiology Research3
VTPP 281Seminar4
VTPP 401/BMEN 400History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe4
VTPP 424/VIBS 424Biomedical Neuroendrocrinology and Endocrine Disorders3
VTPP 425Pharmacology3
VTPP 427Biomedical Physiology II3
VTPP 429Introduction to Toxicology3
VTPP 438Analysis of Genomic Signals3
VTPP 439Non-Coding RNA’s3
VTPP 444Practicum in Biomedical Research3
VTPP 450Stem Cell Physiology3
VTPP 452Fetal and Embryo Physiology3
VIBS 204Fundamentals of Food Toxicology and Safety3
VIBS 222Great Poisonings of the World3
VIBS 277/NRSC 277Introduction to Neuroscience3
VIBS 343Histology4
VIBS 401Developmental Neurotoxicology2
VIBS 404Food Toxicology and Safety3
VIBS 407/NRSC 407Core Ideas in Neuroscience2
VIBS 408Neuroscience and Religion3
VIBS 411Tumor Cell Biology and Carcinogenesis3
VIBS 413Introduction to Epidemiology3
VIBS 420Computer Applications in Public Health Research3
VIBS 422Endocrine Toxicology4
VIBS 424/VTPP 424Biomedical Neuroendrocrinology and Endocrine Disorders3
VIBS 432Public Health Practices3
VIBS 443Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues4
VIBS 450/NRSC 450Mammalian Functional Neuroanatomy4
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.