Curriculum


Through the core curriculum, students develop global perspectives, acquire knowledge, and enhance cognitive skills that they apply in the professional curriculum and in their careers. Students develop their ability to acquire and evaluate new knowledge and perspectives critically, and to communicate their ideas to others effectively. The core curriculum enables students to learn about ethnic, cultural, and social groups other than their own. Exposure to diversity in the academic setting enhances performance in a multicultural work setting. Graduates should demonstrate achievement of the following professional curriculum goals:

  • Communicate effectively in speaking and writing
  • Solve problems by generating, evaluating, and selecting alternative solutions
  • Acquire and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources
  • Apply various analytical tools
  • Pursue knowledge throughout their careers
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning by analyzing, evaluating, and defending decisions regarding ethical issues

UAB Core Curriculum Requirements for B.S. in Biomedical Sciences

(UAB Equivalents)

Hours

Area I. Written Composition (6 Hrs.)

 

     English Composition I, II (EH 101,102)

6

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts (12 Hrs.)

 

     Literature 1

3-6

     Public Speaking (CM 101)

3

     Fine Arts Elective

3

     Elective 1

3-6

Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (11 Hrs.)

 

     Pre-calculus Trigonometry (MA 106) or higher 2

3-4

     Intro Chemistry (CH115/116 , 117/118)

8

Area IV. History, Social, & Behavioral Sciences (12 Hrs.)

 

     History 1

3-6

     Anthropology, Economics, Geography

 

     Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3

6-9

     Electives 1

3

Area V. Pre-Professional, Major, & Elective Courses (24 Hrs.)

 

     Freshman Year Experience (HRP 101 or equivalent)

2

     Introductory Biology I and II (BY 123, 124)

8

     Organic Chemistry I and II (CH 235/236, 237/238)

8

     Statistics (AHS 360, MA 180, or PY 214/217)

3-4

     Research Methods (BMD 380 or AHS 460)

3

1 A 6-semester hour sequence either in literature or in history is required; if a second literature is chosen, it will apply as 3 of the elective hours in Area II Humanities and Fine Arts; if a second history is chosen, it will apply as 3 of the elective hours in Area IV History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.
2 Calculus I (MA 125) may be required by some post-graduate programs and is highly recommended.
3 Should be chosen based on post-graduate program pre-requisite requirements.  Psychology and Sociology electives are highly recommended.


BS in Biomedical Sciences Professional Curriculum

(UAB Equivalents)

Hours

     BMD Seminar Courses (3 Hrs.)4

 

     BMD 150 Intro to the Biomedical Sciences

1

     BMD 201 Cont. Issues in Biomedical Sciences

1

     BMD 202 Survey of Biomedical Sciences Lit.

1

BMD Foundational Courses (37 Hrs.)

 

     NTR 222 Nutrition and Health

3

     CDS 420 Comp. in Genetics for HP

2

     BMD 310 Clinical Anatomy and Histology

4

     BMD 315 Clinical Phys. & Pharm for HP I

4

     BMD 317 Clinical Phys. & Pharm for HP II

4

     BMD 320 Survey of Cell Bio for HP

3

     BMD 330 Clinical Microbiology for HP

3

     BMD 410 Clinical Biochemistry for HP

3

     BMD 420 Pathophysiology for HP

4

     BMD 430 Clinical Immunology for HP

3

     BMD 475 Capstone Experience

4

Elective Study (18 Hrs.)5,6,7

 

     Electives specific to BMD and post-professional program requirements

18

4 With Program Director permission, up to 3 SH’s of Directed Reading in Biomedical Sciences (BMD 490) can satisfy this requirement.
5 Elective Options defined by program based on program and departmental course offerings.  Additional Elective Options can be approved by Program based on a specific student’s degree interest.   Students should contact their advisor to determine recommended electives.    
6 Physics sequence may be required as a post-graduate program pre-requisite requirement and can be chosen as electives within the BMD curriculum.
7 Up to 6 hrs of School of Health Professions Honors Program course may count as electives with Program Director’s permission.