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Biology: Biomedical Sciences Emphasis

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Biology: Biomedical Sciences Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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The B.S. in Biology provides a broad background in modern biology (molecular, cellular, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary). This degree program offers students extensive training which covers the structure, function, and evolution of biological systems. The Biomedical Sciences track prepares students for careers in health-related professions and includes prerequisite courses for health professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, physician assistance, and physical therapy.

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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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 122 A 1
MATH 122B 4
CHEM 151 4
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 or MATH 263 3
CHEM 152 4
ECOL 182R 3
ECOL 182L 1
ENGL 102 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A 3
CHEM 243A 1
MCB 181R 3
MCB 181L 1
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B 3
CHEM 243B 1
PHYS 102 3
PHYS 181 1
Second Language 4
Lower Division Biology 3
5th Semester
ECOL 320 4
PHYS 103 3
PHYS 182 1
Major Elective (Science & Society) 3
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
ECOL 335 4
BIOC 384 3
Major elective (Physiology) 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
ECOL 302 4
Major elective (Physiology) 4
Major elective (Genetics) 3
Major elective (Cell or Molecular Biology) 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
Major elective (Cell or Molecular Biology) 3
Major elective (Microorganismal) 3
Major elective (Macroogranismal) 3
Tier II General Education 3
General elective 1

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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