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 119, CHEM 120, CHEM 227/CHEM 237, CHEM 228/CHEM 238, PHYS 201, PHYS 202 and MATH 142*) 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 Average (GPA) 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 GPA 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 GPA 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 GPA 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 cumulative 2.5 GPA 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 cumulative TAMU GPA of 1.0  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 GPA 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 GPA requirements (cumulative 2.5 BIMS majors with 55 or more hours or cumulative 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 GPA.  Students who achieve less than a cumulative TAMU GPA of 1.0 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.

*Calculus course options include: MATH 142, MATH 147, MATH 151, MATH 171.

Applied Science Option

Biomedical Sciences is a broad field of applied biology that is directed toward understanding health and disease. This major is a 120 hour, traditional-delivery, degree offered on both the College Station campus and at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center in McAllen, TX.  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 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Mathematics elective 1,2 3
Social and behavioral sciences elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Select one of the following: 3
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Calculus I  
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American history 2,3 3
Creative arts elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 2,3 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
BICH 410 Comprehensive Biochemistry I 3
VTPB 405 Biomedical Microbiology 4
Directed elective 4 9
 Semester Credit Hours16
BIMS 320/GENE 320 Biomedical Genetics 3
VIBS 305 Biomedical Anatomy 4
Communication elective 2 3
Directed electives 4 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
STAT 302 Statistical Methods 3
VTPP 423 Biomedical Physiology I 4
Directed electives 4 3
Free elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
VTPP 427 Biomedical Physiology II 3
Directed electives 4 9
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

In satisfying the required 30 hours of BIMS directed electives and free electives, all 285/291/485/484/491 courses may not exceed 9 credit hours and all 289/489 courses may not exceed 9 credit hours. BIMS 484 may not exceed 6 hours total.  A 289/489 course used as a free elective may not exceed 3 hours.

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 27 semester credits from the following partial list of courses:

ANSC 107General Animal Science3
ANSC 108General Animal Science Laboratory1
ANSC 210Companion Animal Science3
ANSC 318Animal Feeds and Feeding3
ANSC 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
ANSC 303/NFSC 303Principles of Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 326/NFSC 326Food Bacteriology3
ANSC 327/NFSC 327Food Bacteriology Lab1
BICH 411Comprehensive Biochemistry II3
BICH 412Biochemistry Laboratory I1
BICH 414Biochemical Techniques I2
BICH 431/GENE 431Molecular Genetics3
BICH 432/GENE 432Laboratory in Molecular Genetics2
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 484Biomedical Science Field Experience2
BIMS 485Directed Studies0-4
BIMS 489Special Topics in...1-4
BIMS 491Research0-4
BIMS 405/GENE 405Mammalian Genetics3
BIMS 421/GENE 421Advanced Human Genetics3
ENTO 208Veterinary Entomology2
ENTO 209Veterinary Entomology Laboratory1
ENTO 210Global Public Health Entomology3
ENTO 423Medical Entomology3
ENTO 431/FIVS 431The Science of Forensic Entomology3
ENTO 432/FIVS 432Applied Forensic Entomology1
NFSC 222Nutrition for Health and Health Care3
URPN 370Health Systems Planning3
VIBS 204Fundamentals of Food Toxicology and Safety3
VIBS 222Great Poisonings of the World3
VIBS 243Introductory Mammalian Histology2
VIBS 285Directed Studies0-4
VIBS 289Special Topics in...1-4
VIBS 310Biomedical Writing1
VIBS 311Biomedical Explorations through Narrative1
VIBS 343Histology4
VIBS 401Developmental Neurotoxicology2
VIBS 404Food Toxicology and Safety3
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 443Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues4
VIBS 447Neurophysiology of Music2
VIBS 456Science in Cinema and Society3
VIBS 485Directed Studies0-4
VIBS 489Special Topics in...1-4
VIBS 277/NRSC 277Introduction to Neuroscience3
VIBS 407/NRSC 407Core Ideas in Neuroscience2
VIBS 424/VTPP 424Biomedical Neuroendocrinology and Endocrine Disorders3
VIBS 426/ENTO 426Methods in Vector-Borne Disease Ecology3
VIBS 450/NRSC 450Mammalian Functional Neuroanatomy4
VLCS 422Equine Disease and Epidemiology3
VLCS 485Directed Studies0-4
VSCS 485Directed Studies0-4
VTPB 212Genetics in the News3
VTPB 221Great Diseases of the World3
VTPB 285Directed Studies0-4
VTPB 289Special Topics in...1-4
VTPB 303Medical Communication in the International Community3
VTPB 407Advanced Veterinary Microbiology Laboratory1-3
VTPB 408Clinical Microbiology3
VTPB 409Introduction to Immunology3
VTPB 410Cell Mechanisms of Disease3
VTPB 411One Health and Tropical Ecology3
VTPB 415Immunogenetics and Comparative Immunology3
VTPB 421Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals3
VTPB 438Biomedical Virology3
VTPB 485Directed Studies0-4
VTPB 489Special Topics in...1-4
VTPB 301/WFSC 327Wildlife Diseases3
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 285Directed Studies0-4
VTPP 289Special Topics in...1-4
VTPP 291Research0-4
VTPP 425Pharmacology3
VTPP 429Introduction to Toxicology3
VTPP 438Analysis of Genomic Signals3
VTPP 444Practicum in Biomedical Research3
VTPP 452Fetal and Embryo Physiology3
VTPP 481Seminar4
VTPP 485Directed Studies0-4
VTPP 489Special Topics in...1-4
VTPP 491Research0-4
VTPP 401/BMEN 400History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe4
VTPP 424/VIBS 424Biomedical Neuroendocrinology and Endocrine Disorders3
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.