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Biomedical Sciences BS

(HEGIS: 04.00 BIOLOGICAL SCI UNCLASSFD, CIP: 26.0102 Biomedical Sciences, General)

Department of Biomedical Sciences

40 Biomedical Education Building
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3078

David Shubert Ph.D
Assistant Dean and Program Director

Kelli Hickey
Director, Biomedical Undergraduate Education

Shannon Brown
Assistant Director, Biomedical Undergraduate Education

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Why study Biomedical Sciences BS at UB?

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences enables students to increase the breadth of their undergraduate experience, combine courses from various departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and focus their undergraduate experience in preparation for professional or graduate studies. This major requires that students take several core courses that are traditionally considered prerequisites for professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine. These courses are also generally required for admission to most graduate programs in various health science disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge in mathematics, natural sciences and biomedical sciences
  • Participate in experiential learning opportunities (leadership, research, internships, study aboard, outreach and service)
  • Demonstrate preparation for graduate (Master’s, PhD) and professional programs (medical, dental, optometry, physician assistant)
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge underlying concepts of health and disease in preparation for careers in the biomedical sciences
  • Exhibit a broad knowledge of interdisciplinary topics within the field of health and social sciences comparable to other programs across the country

The Learning Environment

Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary major that pulls courses from various departments across the university. Basic science courses are taught by department faculty in large lecture halls. As accepted students, courses are primarily housed within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and offer smaller class sizes.

Accepted students have the opportunity to work in the Behling Human Simulation Center as part of a small seminar providing a hands-on patient care experience.

About Our Facilities

As an interdisciplinary program we share labs and facilities with a variety of programs and departments within the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Throughout these lab environments, students have the opportunity to examine the structure and function of microorganisms through the use of a microscope. Additional laboratory exercises allow for a hands-on experience involving the isolation and characterization of microorganisms. Furthermore students receive detailed instruction in human anatomy, histology, and function through demonstrations on cadaver specimens and major organ systems.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty hold appointments in the various basic science departments in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Numerous faculty hold patents, teaching awards, and appointments on editorial boards associated with professional scientific organizations.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biomedical Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities are abundant. The United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook 2012-22 reports shows a better than average job growth in the medical professions for graduates with a bachelor's degree. The number of science-related jobs in sales, marketing, and research management, for which non-PhDs usually qualify, is expected to be bountiful. Graduates may fill positions as science or engineering technicians, health information technologists, medical assistants and technicians.

Other positions that are expected to become increasingly available include medicine and health science managers, biological and medical scientists, life science teachers, post-secondary and secondary teachers, health practitioners and technicians, physician assistants, writers and editors. Note that chiropractors, physicians, podiatrists, medical scientists, biological scientists, college and university faculty are among the fastest growing occupations.

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Jacobs School Undergraduate Education office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year. Approved majors are advised by the program director.

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement is required in your first year at the university to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. In addition to assisting students in completing their degree in a timely manner, advisors also connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Shannon Brown
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Email Shannon Brown

Scholarships and Financial Support

Biomedical Sciences offers The Mary Rosenblum Somit Scholarship which was initiated by Albert Somit, former UB executive vice president, to benefit “hard-working and deserving undergraduate students” in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about The Mary Rosenblum Smoit Scholarship, view eligibility criteria and access the application.

In addition, Biomedical Science students are also eligible for the Corder Family Scholarship. This scholarship, made possible through an endowment by Linda (Lyn) Corder, former Associate Dean for Advancement and Alumni Affairs for the Jacobs School of Medicine, in memory of her parents, will benefit deserving undergraduate students. Learn more about the Corder Family Scholarship, view eligibility criteria and access the application.

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Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:40:54