The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science

This degree explores the application of powerful modern bioscience approaches in cell and molecular biology, genetics, and genomics, as well as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology, and neuroscience to human health. It is a preparatory degree for tomorrow’s health care professionals, scientists, educators and leaders, and thus prepares students for successful admission to professional schools in medicine, physician assistant , osteopathic medicine, dentistry, public health, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other healthcare programs, as well as graduate studies in biomedical sciences. Students must apply to the program and be admitted to this major. 

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics – 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2413 is given three credit hours of lecture component.

030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1312General Chemistry II

3

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 hours

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 1112General Chemistry II Lab

1

Major Requirements - 78 Hours

Required Courses - 49 hours

Biomedical Sciences – 22 hours

BMED 1101Introductory Medical Biochemistry

1

BMED 1102Introduction to Biomedical I Lab

1

BMED 1103Introductory Cell Biology

1

BMED 1104Introductory Molecular Biology

1

BMED 1105Introductory Medical Genetics

1

BMED 1106Introductory Medical Microbiology

1

BMED 1107Introductory Immunology

1

BMED 1108Introductory Medical Neuroscience

1

BMED 1109Evolutionary Medicine

1

BMED 1110Introductory Medical Physiology

1

BMED 1111Introduction to Biomedical II Lab

1

BMED 2101Gross Anatomy

1

BMED 2102Molecules, Cells, and Tissues

1

BMED 3101Pathobiology and Host Defense

1

BMED 3102Neurochemistry

1

BMED 3103Human Behavior

1

BMED 3104Integrated Body Systems I: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

1

BMED 3105Integrated Body Systems II: Gastrointestinal Systems

1

BMED 3106Integrated Body Systems III: Renal, Fluid and Electrolytes

1

BMED 3107Integrated Body Systems IV: Endocrine and Reproductive Systems

1

BMED 3108Integrated Body Systems V: Dermatology, Hematology and Musculoskeletal

1

BMED 3109Medical Syndromes

1

Advanced Biomedical Sciences - 27 hours

BMED 3121Independent Research I

1

BMED 3122Independent Research II

1

BMED 3123Independent Research III

1

BMED 3124Independent Research IV

1

BMED 4220Medical Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Systems Biology

2

BMED 4230Human Genetics and Medical Genomics

2

BMED 4440Medical Microbiology

4

BMED 4250Advanced Cell Biology

2

BMED 4260Advanced Molecular Biology

2

BMED 4270Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2

BMED 4280Advanced Medical Neuroscience

2

BMED 4290Medical Immunology

2

BMED 4295Pathophysiology

2

BMED 4310Medical Biochemistry

3

Prescribed Electives - 6 hours

Spanish Elective – 3 hours

Choose 3 hours of Spanish courses

Advanced Elective - 3 hours

Choose 3 advanced hours from BMED, PSYC, BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, HPRS, or CSCI.

Support Courses - 23 Hours

CHEM 2123Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 2125Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

CHEM 2323Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry II

3

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

STAT 3301Applied Statistics

3

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

One credit hour from MATH 2413 applies.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements.

  1. UTRGV accepted  
  2. Submitted BMED application online or pdf application form by email  
  3. High School Transcripts  
  4. College Transcripts (if applicable)  
  5. Career survey writing sample  
  6. SAT/ACT scores  

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in the program.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in Biomedical Sciences (BMED 1101 to BMED 3103) and in MATH 2413 and in CHEM 1311, CHEM 1111, CHEM 1312, CHEM 1112.