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 the 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 the first summer 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 located on the course rotation page.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

Total hours 16
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 3
BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences 1
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4

Second semester (spring)

Total hours 17
General Education Elective 3
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 4
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours 7-9
MTH 135 College Algebra
or MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
BMS 307 Human Anatomy 4

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours18
BMS 308 Human Physiology 4
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
MTH 181 Trigonometry 3
Writing II 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours18
BMS 321 Biomolecular Interactions 4
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II 5
MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 3

Sixth semester (summer)

Total hours7
General Education Requirement 3
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I 4

Seventh semester (fall)

Total hours16
BMS 521 Molecular Cell Biology 4
BMS 585 Histology 4
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II 4
BMS 494 Senior Seminar in Cell and Molecular Biology 1
BMS 530 Cell Biology of Cancer 2
BMS 460 Biology of HIV/AIDS 1

Eighth semester (spring)

Total hours16
BMS 525 Molecular Biology 4
BMS 570 Principles of Pharmacology 3
BMS 310 Nutrition and Physical Activity in Aging 3
General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirement 3

Ninth semester (summer)

Total hours6
General Education Requirement 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3