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Biology: Biomedical Sciences Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Like the major in ecology and evolutionary biology, the general biology program focuses on the history, development, and interaction of living organisms on this planet. It provides a broader background, covering molecular, cellular, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary biology. Majors also study species evolution, the effect of environmental pressures on evolution, patterns of biological diversity, and species interaction within a given ecosystem. General biology prepares students for careers in a number of fields including field biology, environmental biology, physiology, botany, zoology, dentistry, and medicine. A teaching major is also offered, leading to certification to teach in Arizona public schools.

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
Calculus II or Statistics 3
ECOL 182 R Introductory Biology 3
ECOL 182 L Introductory Biology Lab 1
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
3rd Semester
MCB 181R Introductory Biology 3
CHEM 241A Lecture in Organic Chemistry 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Lab 1
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Lecture in Organic Chemistry 3
Physics 102 Introductory Physics I 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
Physics 181 Introductory Physics Lab 1
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
ECOL 320 Genetics 4
PHYS 103 Introductory Physics II 3
PHYS 182 Introductory Physics II Lab 1
Major Elective (Science & Society course) 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
ECOL 335 Evolutionary Biology 4
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry 3
Lower Division Biology 3
Major Elective (Darwinian Medicine) 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
ECOL 302 Ecology 4
Major Elective (Physiology course) 4
Major Elective (Cell/Molecular Biology) 3
Major Elective (Organismal course - macro scale) 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
Major Elective (Physiology) 4
Major Elective (Organismal course - micro scale) 4
Major Elective (Genetics) 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of general, evolutionary, and organismal biology; biochemistry; physics; and mathematics gained from a major in Biology in the Biomedical Sciences concentration forms a strong foundation for biomedical careers and future studies. Graduates in the Biomedical Sciences concentration might work in health care, research, product development, communications, or forensics. This major is also excellent preparation for medical, pharmacy, or dental school or graduate studies in the life sciences, biomedical engineering, or public health. Some of the jobs listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Biomedical technology
  • Pharmaceutical development
  • Genetics
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Communications
  • Science/medical writing
  • Consulting
  • Forensics

Sample Employers

  • Research laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government agencies
  • Technology companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Crime laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Print or web media

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Research Technician $20,000 - $69,000
Cytotechnologist $30,530 - $42,910
Biomedical Engineer $54,100 - $88,670
Pharmaceuticals Developer $41,420 - $107,330
Genetics Counselor $33,000 - $53,377
Medical Laboratory Technician $25,000 - $44,000
Nuclear Medicine Technologist $39,000 - $85,000
Physician Assistant $62,430 - $90,930
Biologist $37,100 - $57,710
Medical Scientist $41,340 - $76,980
Forensic Science Technician $32,200 - $52,840
Biological Technologist $25,280 - $39,750
Medical Writer $38,700 - $66,440
Sales Representative $37,270 - $74,970