Biomedical Sciences

Program Features

Xavier's Biomedical Science program offers a strong liberal arts curriculum for students who want to become doctors, dentists, veterinarians or optometrists. Students gain concrete skills through biology, chemistry and physics courses while also taking classes in theology, philosophy and ethics.

Xavier students are accepted into medical school at a rate of 92%, compared to the national average of 40%. 

Benefits of a Biomedical Science Degree

There are many benefits to getting a biomedical science degree. Students who major in biomedical sciences often land high-salaried jobs as clinical researchers, biomedical scientists, lab technicians, chemical analysts and more. They also have a leg up when it comes to entering graduate, medical, dental or veterinary school.

What is the biomedical science major?

At the undergraduate level, biomedical science programs focus on biology as it relates to medicine, health and disease for both animals and humans. Students in biomedical science programs take courses in many different fields, including biology, chemistry, medicine, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, anatomy and physics. Coursework consists of in-class instruction, labs and internships. The intent is to prepare students for careers as chemical analysts, lab technicians and researchers, pharmacists, doctors, dentists, veterinarians and medical researchers and assistants.

Many biomedical science programs have multiple tracks that are tailored to students’ post-graduation goals, like getting into medical school, grad school or working as a researcher. Tracks offered may include veterinary science, dental science, pharmacology and medical science.

Xavier’s biomedical science program offers individualized course options for students who are looking to complete the four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis entering on medical school, veterinary school and dental school post-graduation.

What can you do with a biomedical science degree?

Some students enter straight into the workforce after earning their biomedical science degree, working as science writers, lab technicians, chemical researchers and medical researchers.
Others enter graduate, dental, medical or veterinary school for graduate and doctoral programs. Xavier University specializes in helping their students get accepted into medical school: Xavier students are accepted into medical school at a rate of 92%, compared to the national average of 40%.

Why do people major in biomedical science?

Students who major in biomedical sciences often do so because they have a passion for science and helping others. Coursework and labs not only cover the theories of biology, chemistry and physics, but also the real-world applications of scientific research.
Since the major primarily focuses on the biology of disease for humans and animals, students typically spend a lot of time doing lab work, data gathering and research. Many students complete internships in medical labs and facilities, veterinary offices, pharmacies and research facilities. 

What can you do with a biomedical science degree?

There are many career paths for students who earn their undergraduate degree in biomedical science, including clinical research and laboratory work, forensic science, pharmaceutical sales and post graduate studies in medicine, veterinary science, pharmacology, nursing and dentistry.

What jobs can you get with a major in biomedical science?

Students who major in biomedical science have many career opportunities upon graduation, especially if they have completed at least one internship. The most common entry level jobs for students with a biomedical science undergraduate degree are:
  • Lab Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Medical Technologist
  • Pharmacist Technician
  • Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Biomedical Engineering Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Clinical Lab Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Field Service Technician
  • Medical Sales Representative

What is the average salary for someone with a biomedical science degree?

Because there are many career options associated with the biomedical science degree, wages vary by occupation. Below is a sample of careers associated with biomedical science degrees and their annual salaries (according to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Clinical Lab Technician- $54,000 average annual salary
  • Chemical Technicians- $52,000 average annual salary
  • Veterinary Assistant- $29,000 average annual salary
  • Pharmacy technician- $35,000 average annual salary
  • Animal Scientist- $68,000 average annual salary
  • Biological Scientist- $89,000 average annual salary
  • Medical Scientist- $97,000 average annual salary
  • Registered Nurse- $77,000 average annual salary

 

What classes are required for biomedical science majors?

Courses required to complete a biomedical science major vary by institution. Course requirements typically include biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and physics.
At Xavier, biomedical science students are also required to complete the core curriculum, which consists of classes that include social sciences, history, foreign language, ethics/religion and theology. Read more about our liberal arts core curriculum here.

How much does a biomedical science degree cost?

The cost of a biomedical science degree will vary by institution and degree level. Typically, undergraduate biomedical science degree programs consist of four years of instruction, including internships and lab work.
There are many options for financing a four-year degree, including scholarships, grants and private and federal loans. Learn more about Xavier’s tuition and financial aid options here.

Are there any high school classes that will help someone prepare for a biomedical science program in college?

Yes. Students in high school who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate biomedical science degree should look into taking as many science and math classes as possible, including chemistry, physics, biology, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Courses in English, communications and computer programming can also be useful.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Biomedical Sciences major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Biology 160: General Biology I............ 3cr.
  • Biology 161: General Biology I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Chemistry 160: General Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111............ 3cr.
  • Core 101: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.
  • Math 140/170 or Math 156/171............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 162: General Biology II............ 3cr.
  • Biology 163: General Biology II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Chemistry 162: General Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 163: General Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theo 111............ 0cr.
  • Core 102: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I............ 3cr.
  • English 101: English Comp or English 115 Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Math 140/170 or Math 156/171............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Chemistry 240: Organic Chemistry I............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 241: Organic Chemistry I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Physics 160: College Physics I............ 3cr.
  • Physics 161: Introductory Physics I Lab............ 1cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as an Intro to Phil............ 3cr.
  • Second Language............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Chemistry 242: Organic Chemistry II............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 243: Organic Chemistry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Physics 160: College Physics II............ 3cr.
  • Physics 160: College Physics II Lab............ 1cr.
  • Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Psychology 101: General Psychology............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Biology 410: Human Physiology............ 3cr.
  • Biology 411: Human Physiology Lab............ 2cr.
  • Biology 440/ Chemistry 440: Biochemistry............ 3cr.
  • Chemistry 220: Principles of Physical Chemistry............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Lit & the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Psychology 261: social-impact Psychology............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology 230: Genetics............ 3cr.
  • Biology 231: Genetics Lab............ 1cr.
  • Biology 354: Human & Comparative Anatomy............ 3cr.
  • Biology 355: Human & Comparative Anatomy Lab............ 2cr.
  • Sociology 101 Introduction to Sociology (DCR)*............ 3cr.
  • MCAT pre class (optional)............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Biology or Chemistry Senior Capstone**............ 2cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Biology or Chemistry Senior Capstone**............ 1cr.
  • Biology 450: General Microbiology............ 3cr.
  • Biology 451: General Microbiology Lav............ 2cr.
  • Chemistry 435: Medicinal Chemistry............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Focus Elective*............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Biomedical Sciences major at Xavier:

General Biology I (BIOL 160) - Principles of molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, emphasizing the physiology of vertebrates.

Genetics (BIOL 230) - Principles of heredity and molecular genetics.

General Chemistry I (CHEM 160) - This course is the first in a two semester sequence of general chemistry. This is a pre-professional course approved by the American Chemical Society for chemistry majors and required of many other science majors. Fundamental principles of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, states of matter, stoichiometry, energy relationships, periodic table and solution chemistry. The following mathematical concepts are used: scientific notation, logarithms, the quadratic equation and proportionality.

College Physics I (PHYS 160) - An algebra-based approach to introductory physics for premedical, pre-dental and other students. Topics include mechanics, heat, and sound.

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Biomedical Sciences Major at Xavier University

The Biomedical Sciences major presents a liberal arts program with emphasis on those sciences required for an excellent background for subsequent studies in medicine, dentistry, and similar health professions.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."