This major provides discipline-specific knowledge required for students to pursue graduate programs in the health sciences. It provides a thorough foundation in biology’s fundamental principles including organism function, cell biology, genetics, physiology, and the research process. Command of these core concepts is necessary for students to understand complex biological problems and to apply their knowledge to health-related problems. Four health-related natural science electives are required so that students can develop a strong understanding of the basis of human health. Additionally, students must choose one course on societal perspectives on health that will expose them to a variety of health care concerns and provide a framework to understand and have empathy for their patients.
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 Biology helps students learn about and apply for internships in the fields of research, medicine, zoology, botany, and ecology. Students also may find internships with museums 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.