Biomedical Sciences

Program Director: Kari J. Dugger, PhD

The B.S. in Biomedical Sciences program curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into the biomedical science workforce or for graduate and professional study in the health professions. Many of the prerequisites for admission to identified graduate programs can be incorporated into the student's program of study. This allows students to create a tailored undergraduate educational experience to prepare for further study in an area of choice such as physician assistant studies, medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, biotechnology, clinical laboratory science, genetic counseling, and many more.

Admission Requirements

Admission options are based on the student's previous academic work and personal interests. Students intending to enroll in the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences program must meet all UAB undergraduate admission and academic requirements. The following additional requirements also apply and must be met prior to acceptance into the Biomedical Sciences program.

Program Admission from High School   

Must be a graduate of an accredited high school with a grade point average of a 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale for admission.
Achieved an ACT Composite Score of 22 or higher.
Must place in College English 101 or higher and College Math 105 or higher.
Must meet all UAB undergraduate admission and academic requirements.
If accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
If accepted, a background check and drug screening will be required at admission and again prior to any practicum placement.
 

Program Admission from Community College or University, including UAB

Must meet all UAB undergraduate admission and academic requirements.
If accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
Must hold a 2.75 or higher Overall GPA on a 4.0 scale for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Program.
If accepted, a background check and drug screening will be required at admission and may be required again prior to any practicum or lab placement.

Other Biomedical Sciences Program Requirements

Grades of C or better are required for any Biomedical Sciences curriculum requirements.
A minimum of 2.75 Overall GPA and 2.00 UAB institutional GPA must be maintained to remain enrolled in the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences program.   

Application Procedure

Applicants are accepted at any time, and students may be enrolled during any term. Applicants should submit the following materials:
To the UAB Undergraduate Admissions Office:

  • Completed UAB undergraduate application form, including SHP as the school, and application fee, if applicable (if enrolled at UAB in another major, complete a Change of School/Major Request using the online form available on BlazerNET).
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended

Recommended Courses Core Curriculum

Students, in consultation with their academic advisor, should sequence coursework to meet any stated prerequisite requirements for specific courses in their curriculum, including UAB Core Curriculum requirements stated in this catalog.
Although the courses listed below are recommendations, students are required to earn a satisfactory grade in MA 106 or MA 125 for the major.
Area II (non-Literature option):    CMST 101
Area III Mathematics:                      MA 106 or MA 125
Area IV non-History:                        PY 101 or PY 212 

Contact for additional information:

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences Program (BMD) Program
School of Health Professions Building
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1705 University Boulevard
Telephone: (205) 996-4721
Email:  bmd@uab.edu
Web address: http://www.uab.edu/shp/cds/biomedical-sciences

The Biomedical Sciences (BMD) program has partnered with several graduate programs to provide students with enhanced opportunities to prepare for graduate professional education.

Early Acceptance Program with M.S. Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science

Qualified BMD juniors must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a prerequisite GPA of 3.25, a GRE of 305, and must have a demonstrated interested in CLS. In consultation with the CLS Admissions Coordinator and BMD advisor, BMD students with provisional admission to the CLS program will take selected graduate level courses to meet BMD degree or elective requirements. These competencies would then be waived for the CLS master’s program.  For more information, contact the Program Director for Clinical Laboratory Sciences or the BMD adviser.

Early Acceptance Program with M.S. Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Qualified BMD juniors must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 3.25, and must have a demonstrated interested in NMT.  BMD students with provisional admission to the NMT program must complete all required NMT prerequisites, and will take selected graduate level courses to meet BMD degree or elective requirements. For more information, contact the Program Director for Nuclear Medicine Technology or the BMD adviser.

 4 + 1 Partnership with M.S. Degree in Biotechnology

Qualified BMD juniors (at least 60 hours of course work) must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and demonstrated interest in BT. In addition, BMD students must take the GRE or MCAT by the second semester of their junior year and have a GRE combined score of at least 300, or a MCAT score of 28.  BMD students who are admitted to the 4+1 program will take selected BT courses to fulfill BMD degree or elective requirements.  These competencies would then be waived for the BT master’s program. For more information, contact the Program Director for Biotechnology or the BMD adviser.

Early Acceptance Program with PharmD Degree at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

This opportunity is available for BMD majors prior to their third year of study, who are interested in obtaining a doctorate in Pharmacy after graduation. Students who qualify for admission into both the BMD program and the LECOM EAP program, and maintain qualifying EAP LECOM credentials until completion of the BMD program will be admitted into LECOM PharmD program. More information can be found here:  http://lecom.edu/admissions/entrance-requirements/early-acceptance-programs or by contacting the BMD program director at BMD@uab.edu.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biomedical Sciences

RequirementsHours
First Year Experience
HRP 101Experience the University Transition 12
Chemistry Requirements
CH 115General Chemistry I3
CH 116General Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 114 General Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 117General Chemistry II3
CH 118General Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 119 General Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
CH 235Organic Chemistry I3
CH 235ROrganic Chemistry I Recitation0
CH 236Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
or CH 234 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (Honors)
CH 237Organic Chemistry II3
CH 237ROrganic Chemistry II Recitation0
CH 238Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CH 239 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (Honors)
Nutrition Requirement
NTR 222Nutrition and Health3
CDS Requirement
CDS 420Competencies in Genetics for Health Professions2
Statistics Requirement3-4
Introduction to Statistics
QM 214Quantitative Analysis I3
PUH 250Biostatistics3
HCM 360Statistics for Managers3
Elementary Statistical Methods
and Elementary Statistical Methods Laboratory
Biomedical Science Requirements
BMD 150Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences1
BMD 201Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Sciences1
BMD 202Survey of the Biomedical Sciences Literature1
BMD 310Clinical Anatomy and Histology4
BMD 315Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions I4
BMD 317Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions II4
BMD 320Survey of Cell Biology for Health Professions3
BMD 330Clinical Microbiology for Health Professions3
BMD 380Research Methods and Scientific Literacy for the Biomedical Sciences3
BMD 410Clinical Biochemistry for Health Professions3
BMD 420Pathophysiology for Health Professions4
BMD 430Clinical Immunology for Health Professions3
BMD 475Capstone Experience in the Biomedical Sciences4
Biomedical Science Electives 218-20
Total Hours91-94
1

 Or equivalent, University approved FYE course.

2

Please see BMD advisor to discuss acceptable elective options.
 

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
EH 1013EH 1023
Core Area III (MA 106 or higher)3BY 1234
CH 11513BY 123L0
CH 116 (OR CH 114)1CH 1173
PY 101 or 20123CH 118 or 1191
Freshman Year Experience course (HRP 101 or equivalent)3Core Area IV History course3
 BMD 1501
 16 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
CH 2353CH 2373
CH 236 or 2341CH 238 or 2391
BY 1244NTR 2223
BY 124L0BMD 3104
Core Area II Literature course3BMD 2021
PY 212 (or equivalent Core Area IV equivalent course)3Core Area II or Area IV course (based on sequence)3
BMD 2011 
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BMD 3154BMD 3174
BMD 3203BMD 3303
CMST 1013Core Area II or Core Area IV course (based on sequence)3
Approved Statistics course33BMD 380 or HCM 4603
BMD Elective or Approved Physics 3BMD Elective or Approved Physics3
 16 16
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
BMD 4103BMD 4754
BMD 4204CDS 4202
BMD 4303BMD Elective3
BMD Elective3BMD Elective3
BMD Elective3Core Area II Fine Art 33
 16 15
Total credit hours: 124
1

 any Honors courses substituted for an original course requirement will require completion of the corresponding lab and/or recitation.

2

 or equivalent Core Area IV course applicable to requirement

3

 see Major for approved Statistics courses.

Minor in Biomedical Sciences

The minor in Biomedical Sciences requires completion of 18 semester hours of coursework; including 12 hours of required BMD courses and 6 elective hours. All courses (including prerequisites) must be completed with a grade of C or better and students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA. Students must apply to the Biomedical Sciences program for admission to the minor.

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
BMD 315Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions I4
BMD 317Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions II4
BMD 420Pathophysiology for Health Professions4
Choose 6 Semester Hours of BMD/CDS Elective Courses6
Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology I
Clinical Anatomy and Histology
Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology II
Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection
Survival Spanish for Health Professionals
Competencies in Genetics for Health Professions
First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR and AED Course
Introduction to Medical History Taking and Physical Examination
Total Hours18

Courses

BMD 150. Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences. 1 Hour.

Introduction to career paths within the Biomedical Sciences. Topics will address student needs and interests and current trends in the Biomedical Sciences. Emphasis will be placed on developing an individualized educational plan based on a student's academic and professional interests.

BMD 201. Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Sciences. 1 Hour.

A survey of current policy topics and industry trends in biomedical sciences, health, and medicine.

BMD 202. Survey of the Biomedical Sciences Literature. 1 Hour.

Techniques for searching, retrieving, reading, and analyzing the expert information used by biomedical researchers and health professions practitioners.

BMD 300. Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology I. 2 Hours.

Basic laboratory techniques in biotechnology utilizing a lab notebook, basic lab instruments, and making solutions. Basic molecular biology and mammalian cell culture techniques used in studying gene regulation.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C])

BMD 310. Clinical Anatomy and Histology. 4 Hours.

Exploration of the functional anatomy of the human body through gross and microscopic studies of cells, tissues, and organ systems; survey of body systems; correlations between the structures and functions of the body's various systems; association of major embryonic developmental events with functional gross anatomy.
Prerequisites: BY 123 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 315. Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions I. 4 Hours.

Basic concepts of physiology and pharmacology related to human organ systems and drug categories; human physiological principles and their application to pharmacology; membrane physiology, muscle physiology, physiology of the autonomic nervous system and the cardiovascular system; application of physiologic principles to drug pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics models.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 114 [Min Grade: C] or CH 116 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C]) and BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 317. Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions II. 4 Hours.

Basic concepts of physiology and pharmacology related to human organ systems and drug categories; human physiological principles and their application to pharmacology; renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems; application of physiological principles to drug pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics models.
Prerequisites: BMD 315 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 320. Survey of Cell Biology for Health Professions. 3 Hours.

Molecular and cellular biosciences from a highly-integrated systems perspective; principles of eukaryotic cell structure and function, macromolecules, gene expression, signaling, division, differentiation, energy transformation and metabolism in cells; endocytosis, intramembrane transport, protein targeting, organelle biosynthesis, protein sorting, exocytosis, cell shape, motility, and cell-to-cell interaction; signal transduction processes and cellular functions required for cell growth and programmed cell death.
Prerequisites: CH 115 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 114 [Min Grade: C] or CH 116 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 118 [Min Grade: C] or CH 119 [Min Grade: C]) and BY 123 [Min Grade: C] and BY 124 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 330. Clinical Microbiology for Health Professions. 3 Hours.

Clinically-based study of bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, and virology and the human host response to each; mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity and complex interactions with the host that produce symptoms of disease.
Prerequisites: BMD 320 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 380. Research Methods and Scientific Literacy for the Biomedical Sciences. 3 Hours.

Introduction to basic research methodology; review of statistical methods in health professions research. Emphasis will be given to preparing students to critically evaluate medical and scientific literature as well as web-based materials.
Prerequisites: HCM 360 [Min Grade: C] or MA 180 [Min Grade: C] or QM 214 [Min Grade: C] or PY 216 [Min Grade: C] or PUH 250 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 400. Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology II. 2 Hours.

Laboratory techniques used in biotechnology, including cloning genes into an expression vector; transforming into E. coli; and transfection into mammalian cells for study of gene regulation and expression.
Prerequisites: BMD 300 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 410. Clinical Biochemistry for Health Professions. 3 Hours.

Current concepts of human biochemistry and molecular biology; protein structure and function, enzymes, intermediary metabolism, biosynthesis of lipids, and utilization of lipids; special emphasis on the molecular basis of inherited genetic diseases, acquired diseases, and clinically-related biochemistry.
Prerequisites: CH 235 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 234 [Min Grade: C] or CH 236 [Min Grade: C]) and CH 237 [Min Grade: C] and (CH 238 [Min Grade: C] or CH 239 [Min Grade: C])

BMD 420. Pathophysiology for Health Professions. 4 Hours.

Problem-oriented study of general disease processes and the major subdivisions of general pathology: cellular adaptations, tissue injury and renewal, neoplasia, environmental and nutritional pathology, and pediatric disorders; cellular alterations and inflammation, genetic, immunological, nutritional and circulatory disorders; effects of infection, chemical and physical agents, blood and vascular diseases, neoplasia and aging as they apply to selected organ systems.
Prerequisites: BMD 317 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 430. Clinical Immunology for Health Professions. 3 Hours.

Basic immunology and the fundamental principles relating to the immune response in normal and disease states; antigens, antibodies, cells and structures of the immune system; process of immunity, allergies, transplantation and diseases; emphasis on the genetics, mechanisms, and regulation of the immune system in human health and disease.
Prerequisites: BMD 320 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 475. Capstone Experience in the Biomedical Sciences. 2-4 Hours.

Mentored capstone project to explore an area of student interest demonstrating curriculum integration. The capstone project should culminate in a formal scholarly work. Senior Standing required.
Prerequisites: BMD 315 [Min Grade: C] and BMD 317 [Min Grade: C] and BMD 320 [Min Grade: C]

BMD 490. Directed Readings in Biomedical Sciences. 1-3 Hour.

Directed readings and/or literature review under the direction of a faculty member. Approval of faculty sponsor and program director required.

BMD 495. Practicum in Biomedical Sciences. 1-6 Hour.

Course combines the practical workplace experience gained through an internship or service learning activity with a seminar component to guide reflective assessment of the total experience. Approval of faculty sponsor and program director required.

BMD 497. Directed Biomedical Sciences Research Studies. 1-6 Hour.

Students will conduct a field, laboratory, or literary study project culminating in a formal paper and/or presentation as directed by the supervising instructor. Approval of faculty sponsor and program director required.

Faculty

Bertrand, Fred (Ted), Associate Professor, 2014, Ph.D. (UAB), Cancer Bell Signaling and Microenvironment Regulation of Tumor Initiation and Development
Caruthers, Kara, Assistant Professor, 2010, MAPAS (UAB), Emergency Medicine
Epps, Chad A., Associate Professor , 2007, MD (Medical College of Georgia), Simulation
Estes, Jr., Norman Robert, Assistant Professor, 2015, Ph.D. (UAB)