The Biomedical Scholars program is a 3-year degree program from which students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. This program is designed to be an intensive academic cohort experience for motivated, ambitious, and well-prepared students. The program provides a rigorous academic curriculum enhanced with experiential learning through study abroad opportunities, experimental research, community service, and clinical shadowing rotations.
Q: Can I get a Biomedical Sciences degree if I am not a Biomedical Scholar?
A: No. The Biomedical Sciences degree is currently limited to Biomedical Scholars. However, if you transfer in college course credit and/or are willing to take summer classes, we can help you complete a traditional Biology degree in 3 years.
Q: What are the admission criteria for the Biomedical Scholars program?
A: Admission to the Biomedical Scholars program requires an ACT score of at least 30 or an SAT CR+M score of at least 1340, 6 hours or more of transferrable college credit, completion of a competitive application. Students with a competitive application but without incoming college credit will be considered for admission, but will be required to complete at least 6 credit hours of coursework prior to matriculation.
Q: How many students are accepted into the Biomedical Scholars program each year?
A: A maximum of 10 incoming students per year will be accepted into the program.
Q: If I am selected for the Biomedical Scholars program, is there a minimum GPA required to remain in the program?
A: Students in the program must maintain a 3.6 GPA. If a student’s GPA falls below this, he/she will have a one semester probationary period in which to bring his/her GPA back up to this minimum level. If a student’s GPA remains below a 3.6 after the probationary semester, he/she must default to a 4-year Biology degree. The BIOL 1014 requirement will be waived for Biomedical Scholars defaulting to a 4-year Biology degree.
Q: I would like to complete the honors program. Is it possible to do so as a Biomedical Scholar?
A: Yes. Since completion of the honors program will add an additional 6 hours to the Biomedical Sciences degree program requirements, a student planning to complete the honors program will need to have 12 hours of incoming, transferrable college credit.
Q: How many credit hours would I take each semester as a Biomedical Scholar?
A: You will take 18 credit hours in a typical semester.
Q: I want to be a Biomedical Scholar, but I don’t want to study abroad. Can I still participate in this program?
A: No. We believe study abroad is critical for the experiential learning component of this program. If you are willing to take summer classes instead of traveling, we can help you complete a traditional Biology degree in 3 years.
Q: I am transferring in my foreign language credits. How does this influence the Biomedical Scholars program’s study abroad requirement?
A: Your foreign language credits will satisfy the university’s Intercultural Appreciation and Communication requirement, but will not fulfill the study abroad requirement of the Biomedical Scholars program. For your study abroad experience, you may choose a traditional foreign language experience, you may opt for an English-language experience, or you may complete experimental research in another country. If you are interested in pursuing an international research experience, let your academic advisor know.