Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) major provides students with rigorous academic training in the key aspects of biomedical science, but also  challenges students to think about biomedical topics from a broader lens supported by our institution’s liberal arts emphasis. Further, this major requires students to delve into experiences that promote development of practical skills as well as intangible skills of collaboration, communication, and professionalism.

Program Objectives

Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge of cellular, molecular, and physiological concepts relevant to human health and disease and be able to effectively convey scientific information via oral, written, and/or visual formats.

Students will demonstrate the ability to locate, understand, and critique published
biomedical science literature using the scientific method as a framework as well as demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret data.

Students will use multiple perspectives to address complex problems in health and medicine and be able to identify and articulate connections between biomedical science concepts and hands-on experiences via reflection, analysis, and synthesis.

Major Requirements

CORE

All of these:

BIOL 101: General Biology I with Lab
BIOL 102: General Biology II with Lab
BIOL 245: Genetics OR BIOL 250: Intro to Cell Biology
CHEM 103: General Chemistry I with Lab 
CHEM 104: General Chemistry II with Lab
STAT 113: Applied Statistics

Two of these:

BIOL 231: Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 315: Human Nutrition
BIOL 341: Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIOL 351: Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
CHEM 221: Organic Chemistry I with Lab 
CHEM 222: Organic Chemistry II with Lab 

Biology Electives (4 courses; 3 of these must include lab)

BIOL 227 Mammology with Lab
BIOL 231 Microbiology with Lab*
BIOL 245 Genetics*
BIOL 250 Intro to Cell Biology*
BIOL 252: Research Methods in Cell Biology w/Lab
BIOL 258: Ethnobotany with Lab
BIOL/NRSCI 288: Intro to Neuroscience with Lab
BIOL/CHEM/BIOCH 309: Biochemistry
BIOL 315: Human Nutrition*
BIOL 341: Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab*
BIOL 333: Immunology with Lab
BIOL 350: Cancer Biology
BIOL 353: Human Embryology
BIOL 351: Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab*
BIOL 370: Hormones, Disease, and Development
BIOL/NRSCI 387: Cellular Mechanisms of Memory
BIOL/NRSCI 388: Drugs & the Brain with Lab
BIOL/NRSCI 389: Advance Neuroscience
BIOL 392: Res Meth Fluor & Confocal Microscopy (Lab)
BIOL 395: Res Methods in Molecular Biology (Lab)
* if not taken to fulfill a CORE requirement

Biomedical Context Electives (2 courses)

ANTH 242: Dealing with the Dead
ANTH 270: Plagues and Peoples
ANTH 3072: Medicines and Meanings w/ CBL
ANTH 4020: Anthropology of the Body
BIOL 412: Cross-Cultural Healing
GNDR 224: Global Advocacy for Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights
GS 365: Rethinking population, health, and environment
HIST 294: Medicine & Empire
HIST 3097: Public Health in History
HIST 4017: Health and Healing in Africa
PCA 335: Sex Talk
PCA 370: Against Health: Rhetoric & the Health Humanities
PHIL 347: Philosophy of Psychiatry
PHIL 354: Biomedical Ethics
REL 3024: Women, Religion, and Food
SOC 225: Women’s Health & Aging
SOC 246: What’s so bad about Aging? w/CBL
SOC 275: Medical Sociology
SOC 308: Death & Dying

Experiential Learning Component

Students complete one of the options below and complete an accompanying Reflection Statement.  More details on satisfying this major requirement can be found here.

Credit-bearing options

BIOL 304 & 305 Health Coaches I and II (total: 1 unit)
SYE Research (489/490): at least 1 unit of research in one of these departments: Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Psychology

Non-credit bearing options*

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training
Hospice training and volunteering
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training
Approved external internship
Approved external research opportunity
St. Lawrence University Fellowship
McNair Fellowship
CSTEP Internship/Fellowship

* Non-credit bearing options can be completed inside or outside of St. Lawrence University but must be approved by the program directors.