Biomedical Sciences

The methods of biotechnology developed by molecular biologists and biochemists are now used in all disciplines of the biomedical sciences. The disciplines of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry have themselves expanded significantly over the years, beginning with the study of gene expression in bacteria to the sequencing of the human genome. The application of the knowledge gained from the human genome project and other major advances, to further the study of biological systems, curing disease, and fighting the effects of aging will require molecular biologists and biochemists at all educational levels

The Biomedical Sciences curriculum provides an academic background and experience for a career in biomedical research or in the medical sciences. The curriculum requires the essential courses and the research experience necessary to train the student for further work at the graduate level or as a technician in research institutions or in industry. Central to the curriculum are five required research courses. The first provides an introduction to the research lab and techniques. The second and third semesters of research work together to provide an opportunity for a yearlong project. In the second semester the student will write a proposal and begin the work. In the third semester, the student will bring the project to a level of completion, write, and present that work. The fourth and fifth semesters work similarly. The second project may be a continuation of the first project and may be conducted under the guidance of the same mentor.

Admission

A freshman must have a Math ACT score of 25 or higher to declare a major in Biomedical Sciences. However, any student may apply to the program and must have completed 32 credit hours with a GPA of 3.0, and must have taken BIO 115, BIO 216, CHE 201, CHE 202, and MAT 250 with grades of B or better. Any student wishing to seek this degree (whether declared as a freshman or not) must apply to the Biomedical Sciences committee for admission into the program.

Suggested Curriculum Outline, Area in Biomedical Sciences

For First Time Freshman (Scroll Down for Transfer Students)

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1 16 total hours 
BIO 100T Transitions 1
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life 3
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing & Inquiry 4
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking or PSY 180 General Psychology 3
   
Spring Year 1 14 total hours
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry & Analysis 4
CHE 202 General Chem & Quantitative Analysis 5
MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I 5
   
Fall Year 2 16 total hours
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4
BIO 300 Microbiology 4
CHE 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms 3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry & Lab 5
   
Spring Year 2 14 total hours
BIO 290 Biomedical Research I 2
BIO 323 Cell Biology: Systems 3
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 325 Organic Chemistry Lab 3
CIV 201/201 World Civilization I or II 3
   
Fall Year 3 15 total hours
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 333 Genetics 4
BIO 388 Biomedical Research II 3
PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4
   
Spring Year 3 16 total hours
BIO 389 Biomedical Research III 3
PHY 132/133 General Physics II & Lab 4
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
Com 161 Introduction to Public Speaking or PSY 180 General Psychology 3
   
Fall Year 4 16 total hours
BIO 308 Ethics in Biology 3
BIO 438 Biomedical Research IV 4
CHE 530 Fundamentals of Biochemistry I 3
XXX XXX Restricted Biology Electives* 3
BIO 533 Molecular Genetics 3
   
Spring Year 4 14 total hours
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
BIO 439 Biomedical Research V 4
CHE 540 Fundamentals of Biochemistry II 3
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing 3
XXX XXX Restricted Biology Electives* 3

* Restricted electives are chosen from list in academic bulletin.

For Transfer Students with an Associate's of Science degree

Note, this pathway follows the pre-Biology Curriculum from WKCTC. It assumes that students have taken courses that will transfer as Murray State's BIO 115, BIO 216, BIO 221 or BIO 222, CHE 201, CHE 202, MAT 150 and PHY 130/131. See Murray State Transfer Equivalency Tool to help you figure out how courses transfer from your current institution.

Fall Year 1 Post AS 14 total hours
BIO 290 Biomedical Research I 2
BIO 300 Microbiology 4
BIO 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms 3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5
   
Spring Year 1 Post AS 15 total hours
BIO 388 Biomedical Research II 3
BIO 333 Genetics 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
MAT 250 Calculus & Analytical Geometry 5
   
Fall Year 2 Post AS 14 total hours
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
BIO 389 Biomedical Research III 3
CHE 325 Organic Chemistry II Lab 3
PHY 132/133 General Physics II & Lab 4
   
Spring Year 2 Post AS 17 total hours
BIO 438 Biomedical Research IV 4
XXX XXX Restricted Biology Electives* 7
BIO 533 Molecular Genetics 3
CHE 530 Fundamentals of Biochemistry I 3
   
Fall Year 3 Post AS 13 total hours
BIO 439 Biomedical Research V 4
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
BIO XXX Restricted Biology Electives* 5
CHE 540 Fundamentals of Biochemistry II 3

* Restricted electives are chosen from list in academic bulletin.

For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Alexey Arkov
Department of Biological Sciences
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY  42071
aarkov@murraystate.edu
270.809.2786

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