Curious? Want to know more about the UAB undergraduate Biomedical Sciences Program? You might find the answers you're looking for in our "Frequently Asked Questions." If you do have a question not listed here, please email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advising Questions

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment with a Biomedical Sciences (BMD) academic advisor, you will need to call the program office at 205-996-4721 or email the program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where do I go for my advising appointment?

The Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program Offices are located in the School of Health Professions Building, 1716 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294. The BMD Academic Advisor’s offices are located on the fourth floor in SHPB 420.

What is programmatic academic probation?

A BMD student will be put on programmatic academic probation if their cumulative UAB GPA falls below 2.75 or their institutional UAB GPA falls below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students will have one semester to address any deficiencies in order to remain in the program. If a student does not regain good standing after that probationary semester, they will be removed from the Biomedical Sciences Program. In rare occasions, additional time may be granted to students upon appeal if the student can document significant progress and provide a compelling case. A BMD student will be put on programmatic academic probation for ANY of the following reasons:

A students’ cumulative UAB GPA falls below a 2.75

A students’ institutional UAB GPA falls below a 2.0

Registration Questions

How do I find my registration time?

Currently enrolled students can view their assigned registration time in BlazerNET. Enrolled students will be given an electronic Registration Time Ticket that is shown on their Registration Status on the Student Resources tab of BlazerNET. If you cannot register at your scheduled time, you may register at any later time that registration is available. Note that a Late Registration Fee is charged if registering after open registration has ended. One Stop Student Services also provides information on registration and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-934-4300.

How do I register for classes?

Currently enrolled students may register for classes online in BlazerNET. Access to BlazerNET requires a BlazerID and password. Special circumstances may require in-person registration. Registration forms are available from Registration/Academic Records or One Stop Student Services.

Can I register for BMD classes without being a declared BMD major?

BMD 150, BMD 201, and BMD 202 may be taken by non-BMD major students. All other BMD courses can only be taken by students majoring in BMD.

What can I do if a course is closed?

You may seek the permission of the course instructor. Please contact the instructor for an online override.

Where can I find the UAB catalog?

You can find the UAB catalog online at www.uab.edu/catalogs

Where do I find what courses count in the core curriculum?

You can find out what courses count for the core curriculum requirements in the UAB undergraduate catalog or by contacting a BMD academic advisor.

Can a course double count for my major and minor requirements?

For information regarding major and minor requirements, please contact your academic advisor.

Dropping Classes Questions

How do I drop a class?

You will need to access BlazerNET to drop a class. We highly recommend communicating with your academic advisor before dropping a course.

How do I dispute a grade?

If a student believes that a grade was awarded inappropriately, the student may first request that the course instructor reconsider and, if necessary, request a review of the grade by the Program Director. A more detailed Grievance Procedure within the School of Health Professions can be found in this document.

Can I replace grades for classes I repeated and are there any limitations to the number of times I can do this?

Starting Fall 2014, a student may not repeat a course at UAB more than once (a total of two attempts). Withdrawing, where a grade of "W" is received, counts as an attempt. Under exceptional circumstances and upon approval of the school/college offering the course, a student will be allowed to repeat a course for a second time (third attempt). A student may not repeat a course a third time. Seminars, co-op, research credits, and other cases where multiple registrations are allowed are not covered by this policy. Dropping a course during the drop/add period (see academic calendar for dates) does not constitute an attempt. Visit www.uab.edu/courserepeats for more details.

Transfer Questions

If I take a course at a community college, will it transfer to UAB?

You can find out what courses may transfer by visiting the Transfer Equivalency Courses or by contacting a BMD academic advisor.

Where do I send a copy of my transcript for my transfer coursework?

Please send official transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Miscellaneous Questions

Why do I have a hold on my account?

Reasons for a hold on a student account vary from financial to academic. A hold on your account restricts you from registering for a class. The “View Holds” icon in BlazerNET will show your specific holds. Please see the department listed to remove the hold.

When do my health forms need to be completed and what is the cost?

All SHP students must create an account in CertifiedBackground.com to complete a background check, drug screening, and immunization requirements. Detailed information about the SHP Health Policy, as well as detailed information concerning the Health Immunization Checks and Background and Drug Screen Policy. All requirements must be satisfied or a registration hold will be placed on your account for the following semester. Students are responsible for any costs associated with the background check and drug screening. Contact the BMD program office for further details.

What can I do with my degree after graduation?

A Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree will prepare you for a career in: forensic medicine, chemical companies, government and industry laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies. Many BMD graduates will continue on for higher degrees in: health professions, allied health professions, public health, and PhD programs.

When do I apply for graduation?

You should file the Application for Degree at least six months before completing work for a baccalaureate degree. Before completing the online application for graduation, you should consult with your academic advisor to verify which courses are needed to complete your degree requirements.

Who do I talk to about a problem with a professor?

If you are uncomfortable talking with your professor about an issue in their class, you may voice your concern with the Program Director or BMD advisor.

How do I apply for admission to UAB?

To apply for admission to UAB, you will need to: submit a completed UAB application, pay the required application fee, send your official high school transcript, and send your official ACT or SAT scores. All documents and credentials can be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or you may apply online.

Will I need to complete a separate application for the BMD program?

No, there is no separate application to be admitted into the program.

How do I pay my tuition?

To make a tuition payment, log in to BlazerNET and click on the Student Resources tab. You can pay using the My Account channel.

How do I declare a double major, minor, or certificate?

You can submit a change of major, minor, or certificate request through your BlazerNET account.

What graduate programs could an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences lead to?

Medical, optometry, dental, pharmacy, clinical laboratory science, physician assistant, physical therapy, biotechnology, genetic counseling, etc.

If I am part of the Honors College, how does the BMD program work with my honors program?

The BMD curriculum works well with the university-wide honors programs. You would meet with the BMD advisor to devise a plan specific to you.