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Biomedical Sciences

About Our Program

In our biomedical sciences program, you’ll harness your curiosity as you examine the technical and cutting-edge aspects of health and disease while exploring interdisciplinary perspectives related to human biology, wellness, and health issues.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of cellular, molecular, and physiological concepts relevant to human health and disease as you work closely with your faculty mentor in the research lab. 

With the support of dynamic hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll gain career preparation experience through emergency medical technician (EMT) training, internships, and fellowships in research and the health care industry.

Program Offerings

  • Major

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Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

Whether you’re in the research lab, shadowing an expert, or connecting with like-minded students, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore human biology, health, and wellness on campus and around the globe.

Research

Explore your interests further, either during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship. You may even get to conduct research on the immune system like Danielle Clifford ’17. She worked with professor Karin Heckman on treatments for mice with a model of multiple sclerosis.

Summer Research at St. Lawrence

As a summer research fellow, you’ll work alongside your faculty mentor to experience the joy of discovery. You’ll also find your community as you attend weekly barbecues, go on hiking trips, and collaborate with friends in the lab.

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Experiential Learning Component (ELC)

Study off-campus. Embark on independent research. Take a Community-based Learning class. Complete an internship. Become a trained emergency medical technician. Our ELC requirement is as flexible as you need and want it to be so you are able to take on hands-on experiences that pique your curiosity and complement your coursework.

Shadowing Opportunities 

Considering a career in the health field?  With the support of local hospitals, dentists, and veterinarians, you can spend a day learning the ropes from a professional in the field of your interest. You can even take advantage of St. Lawrence’s nationally-ranked alumni network to pursue a shadowing opportunity closer to home.

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St. Lawrence Emergency Medical Services (SLU EMS)

 As a student-run and New York State certified EMS agency, you'll develop leadership and interpersonal skills as you gain hands-on experience as a become a trained emergency medical technician (EMT).

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Internship Opportunities

Collaborate with your faculty mentor to identify internship opportunities to prepare you for your career, including:

  • Local and regional public health departments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Hospitals and medical groups

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Volunteer

You can also gain experience while making a difference through service work on campus and in our local community. You can volunteer with a number of on-campus and local organizations, including:

  • NYSARC
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • SLU Buddies

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Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Australia, Denmark, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Sweden, Thailand, and Trinidad.

In addition to on-campus research opportunities, you’ll have the chance to pursue short-term summer research fellowships at other colleges and universities.

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Get Involved

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find your niche and unique ways to enhance your academic and professional interests, including: 

  • Pre-Health Club
  • American Chemical Society
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • The Advocates
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • St. Lawrence University Emergency Medical Services

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Why St. Lawrence for Biomedical Sciences

 

 

96%

of St. Lawrence graduates majoring in a science field are employed or continuing their education within a year

82%

of students conduct research

10

The number of scholarships offered to high achieving, Pell grant eligible, first-year underrepresented students interested in pursuing a STEM major

#14

Best science lab facilities (The Princeton Review, 2020)

Advanced Study

The reputation of St. Lawrence’s liberal arts education and academic programs has led to arrangements and agreements all over the country with several well-known advanced study programs including:

  • SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy
  • University of Rochester
  • The Physician’s Assistant Program at Clarkson University
  • The Physical Therapy Program at Clarkson University

0

The number of laboratory classes taught by teaching assistants-- you’ll conduct research one-on-one with your faculty mentor

61%

of students study abroad at least once before they graduate

#3

alumni network in the country (The Princeton Review, 2021)

77%

of students study more than one discipline

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore biomedical sciences major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

Complementary and Related Programs

If you’re interested in biomedical sciences, you might also like these programs.

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Liberal Arts Science Scholarship

This program offers scholarships to domestic high-achieving, Pell-grant eligible students interested in pursuing STEM majors, outside of a pre-med track, including mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and geology.

Student talking about their reserach

Festival of Science

Share your findings at this spring event celebrating student research projects across campus. In our biology program, you’ll regularly co-author and publish research papers with your faculty mentors.

Learn More About Research
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Pre-Professional & Dual Degree Programs

Pre-Health. Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med. Nursing. Pharmacy. About one in five St. Lawrence students enroll in postgraduate programs immediately after graduation, and our pre-professional and dual degree programs are among their most popular choices.

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

Apply to St. Lawrence

We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.