BS Three-Year Degree Plan

The three-year comprehensive degree plan was designed with the highly motivated student in mind. This plan is to be completed in six regular semesters and three summer semesters. However, a three-year degree plan is not designed for everyone and the following specifications are assumed:

  • No remedial coursework is required
  • The student does not fail or repeat any classes
  • The student does not change their major or the minor
  • The student is willing to take classes each summer

You are strongly advised to meet early and often with your advisor if you are interested in completing the comprehensive program of study.

Math course sequence depends on initial eligibility MTH 135, 181, 287 or 138, 287 or 261. Note that you must take either MTH 287 or MTH 261 for completion of the degree.

A specific set of electives satisfies the major requirements. Other electives might be chosen to satisfy the degree requirements and the sample schedule serves as a guide.

Since BMS 307 is an intensive five-week course, recommended for the first summer semester, careful selection of companion courses for this semester must be exercised.

Sample schedule

This plan does not take into account dual enrollment or AP classes, which may vary the number of hours needed to complete the major program of study. A list of course offerings is listed on the course rotation page.

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences3
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I4
General Education Requirement3
Total hours18

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning2
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
CHM 170 General Chemistry II3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory1
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 18773
Total hours16

Third semester (summer)

Third semester courses Credit hours
MTH 135 College Algebra or 138* Pre-Calculus3
BMS 307 Human Anatomy4
Total hours7

Fourth semester (fall)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 308 Human Physiology4
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I5
MTH 181* Trigonometry3
Writing II3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (spring)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 321 Biomolecular Interactions4
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II5
MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I3
General Education Requirement3
General Education Requirement3
Total hours18

Sixth semester (summer)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
General Education Requirement3
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I4
Total hours7

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
BMS 521 Molecular Cell Biology4
BMS 585 Histology4
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II4
BMS 494 Senior Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology1
BMS 530 Cell Biology of Cancer2
BMS 460 Biology of HIV/AIDS1
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
BMS 525 Molecular Biology4
BMS 570 Principles of Pharmacology3
BMS 310 Nutrition and Physical Activity in Aging3
General Education Requirement3
General Education Requirement3
Total hours16

Ninth semester (summer)

Ninth semester courses Credit hours
General Education Requirement3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours6