Biology (B.S.), Biomedical Emphasis

Molecular and cell biology are increasingly important in biomedical research and professional healthcare careers. Cultivating a deep understanding of the cell at the molecular level is not only exciting, but it develops the analytic thinking skills that are critical for both research and healthcare. Southwestern Adventist University's Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Biomedical emphasis offers students the training and knowledge base necessary to pursue a career in biomedical research, medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, or physical therapy among others. Students will have the opportunity to take courses in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, histology, immunology, parasitology, and physiology. While at Southwestern Adventist University, many students work as teaching assistants for lower division labs, gaining valuable experience in the lab and in teaching. Students will also have the opportunity to work alongside faculty on real-world research projects.

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Medical Doctor, Respiratory Therapist, Radiographer, Physician Assistant, Pharmacist, Biotechnology Laboratory Technician, Publis Health Officer, Health Educator, Science Writer, Physical Therapist, Dentist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Biomedical Research Scientist, Optometrist, Orthotist & Prosthetist, or Veterinarian. (Note that some of these careers require additional graduate training. Please consult with your academic advisor for career planning.) 

Physicians and Surgeons, Median Pay: $187,200/year; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 14% growth (much faster average). Physicion Assistant, Median Pay: $98,180/year; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 30% (faster than average). Pharmacists, Median Pay: $121,500/year; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 3% (slower average). Biological Technicians, Median Pay: $41,650; Job Outlook (next 10 years): 10% (faster than average).

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ (visited March 14, 2017).

To view general education requirements for this major please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018. 

BIOL 111, 112 General Biology.............................................8

BIOL 180 Biology Freshman Seminar.....................................1

BIOL 230 Ecology..................................................................4

BIOL 320 Genetics.................................................................4

BIOL 419 Philosophy of Science.............................................3

BIOL 340 Cell & Molecular Biology I.......................................4

BIOL Biology Electives (x3)...............................................9-12

TOTAL: 33-36

Required Cognates:

CHEM 111 General Chemistry I........................................... 4

CHEM 112 General Chemistry II.......................................... 4

CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I........................................... 4

CHEM 232 Organic Chemistry II.......................................... 4

MATH 121 Precalculus or

MATH 241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics............... 3

PHYS 121 General Physics I................................................. 4

PHYS 122 General Physics II................................................ 4

COMM 111 Speech.............................................................. 3

CSIS Computer Science Elective........................................ 1-3

TOTAL: 31-33

*BIOL 480 is a one credit hour course. In order to count as an elective, it
must be repeated three times and a final presentation must be given.

 

First Year

First Semester

BIOL 111—General Biology I...................................................4

CHEM 111—General Chemistry I.............................................4

BIOL 180—Biology Research Seminar......................................1

CSIS ELEC—Computer Science Elective..................................3

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition.........................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

BIOL 112—General Biology II.................................................4

CHEM 112—General Chemistry II...........................................4

MATH 241—Introduction to Probability and Statistics..3

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective..................................................3

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life.....................................................2

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

BIOL 230—General Ecology.....................................................4

CHEM 231—Organic Chemistry I............................................4

ENGL 220—Research & Professional Writing........................3

ELEC—Social/Beh Science Elective.........................................3

KINA ELEC—Kinesiology Activity Elective.................................1

TOTAL:​ 14

CHEM 232—Organic Chemistry II..............................................4

BIOL 320—Genetics..................................................................4

COMM 111—Speech.................................................................3

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective....................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

BIOL 340—Cell & Molecular Biology I.....................................4

KINA ELEC—Kinesiology Activity Elective.................................1

CHEM 431—Biochemistry I......................................................3

PHYS 121—General Physics......................................................4

HIST ELEC—History Elective......................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

BIOL ELEC—Biology Elective (U.D.)......................................3-4

CHEM 433—Biochemistry II....................................................3

PHYS 122—General Physics II..................................................4

HIST ELEC—History Elective......................................................3

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective..................................................3

TOTAL:​ 16-17

Fourth Year

BIOL ELEC—Biology Elective (U.D.)......................................3-4

RELG ELEC—Religion Elective (U.D.)........................................3

ELEC—Fine Arts Elective.........................................................3

ELEC—Upper Division Elective.................................................3

ELEC—Upper Division Elective.................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15-16

BIOL 419—Philosophy of Science ......................................3

BIOL ELEC—Biology Elective (U.D.).....................................3-4

ELEC—Literature Elective......................................................3

ELEC—Upper Division Elective.................................................3

ELEC—Upper Division Elective.................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15-16