University Studies - BS, Biomedical Sciences Concentration

The University Studies major allows students to choose an area of concentration and two minors to constitute the 120 hours of the degree.  University Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (USVM), is a B.S. degree with an area of concentration in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences. The area of concentration emphasizes applied biology in the context of the veterinary and human medical field, highlighting one health concepts: the interrelatedness of human, animal and environmental health and factors affecting each. Students considering USVM as a major should note that all students are required to complete prerequisite coursework including biology, fundamentals of chemistry and organic chemistry with lab (1 semester), prior to completing the area of concentration coursework. Minors must be chosen from an approved list and Biology or Biomedical Sciences cannot be chosen as minors to couple with this concentration. This major does not admit first time college students. Students can apply to change their curriculum according to approved university steps and in consultation with an academic advisor from the college. Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 and meet all requirements and prerequisite coursework for the declared area of concentration and two minors. The minors will be recognized after graduation on the student’s transcript, but not on the student’s diploma. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Mathematics 1 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
Select one of the following:  
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition  
Composition and Rhetoric  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
Select one of the following: 3
Business Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics I  
Calculus I  
 Semester Credit Hours11
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
American history 2 3
Creative arts 3
Government/Political science 2 3
BIMS directed elective 3,4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
American history 2 3
Government/Political science 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
BIMS directed elective 3,4 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
VTPB 421 Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals 3
Minor 6 9
Technical elective 4,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIMS 320/GENE 320 Biomedical Genetics 3
Communication 3
Minor 6 6
Technical elective 4,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor 6 9
General elective 7 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Minor 6 6-12
Technical elective 4,5 3
General elective 7 1-7
 Semester Credit Hours19
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

All students are required to complete 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity credit (ICD) and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse (CD) credits. Select in consultation with academic advisor.