Your future in medicine starts here.
Major in biological sciences at UMW, and you’ll command core concepts in biology including organism function, cell biology, genetics and physiology. Gain the research experience needed to contribute to advances in human or animal healthcare. Prepare yourself for medical, dental or veterinary school; for careers in physical therapy or pharmacy; for discipline-specific graduate study in the health sciences; or for a meaningful career you can begin right away.
Students majoring in Biomedical Sciences who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology.
The Biomedical Sciences major is designed for students pursuing a career in the any of the many health professions. The major provides students with the knowledge and the skills to be successful candidates for graduate study in a broad range of health-related fields including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, or any of the many health sciences careers.
UMW biomedical sciences majors may qualify for paid internships through the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program. The Department of Biological Sciences helps students learn about and apply for internships in the fields of medicine and research. Students also may find internships with health care professionals in the Fredericksburg area or in nearby Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
To receive honors in biomedical sciences, you must have a 3.0 grade-point average overall and 3.25 in the major. You’ll complete a research project, write an honors thesis, and deliver an oral presentation to department faculty.
The biomedical sciences major requires 40 credits, including five required courses, four health-related sciences courses, one societal-perspectives-on-health course, and a required senior seminar.