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Biomedical Sciences Bachelor of Science
Department of Biomedical Sciences
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Do you enjoy solving puzzles and learning about how organ systems function in minute detail? Do you enjoy learning about the anatomic features of humans and animals? Does relating the anatomy to function (physiology) interest you? Do you find news items about medical and scientific discoveries fascinating? Do you dream about solving an important medical problem? Do the molecular complexities of biological function intrigue you? Do you envision yourself as a professional in the medical or research field? Do you possess a passion for the teaching and discussing of anatomy or physiology? Do you enjoy developing hypotheses to test mechanistic theories? If your answers are "yes", then a major in Biomedical Sciences may be the choice for you.

Biomedical Sciences is the broad field of applied biology as related to health and disease. The major in Biomedical Sciences provides students with a strong four-year education with rigorous coursework in anatomy and physiology--supported by study in chemistry, cell biology, physics, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, calculus, and statistics. Students will have opportunities to engage in coursework and laboratory work which concentrates on specialty areas in endocrinology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, reproductive physiology, neurosciences, and cardiopulmonary physiology. There are many research opportunities in the Department where students can perform research side by side with a team of other undergraduates, graduate students, research associates and faculty. These research experiences often provide the basis for helping students to decide on particular careers. Some students even become published, which is considered a significant accomplishment at the undergraduate level.

This competitive program of study admits 75 highly qualified students per year. There are specific academic requirements that must be met in order to be considered for entry. The Biomedical Sciences coursework is designed to prepare students for health related graduate and professional programs as well as employment in a variety of innovative and developing fields in biotechnology.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Knowledge and practice in laboratory techniques and procedures
* Strong interest in human and animal systems and how they function
* Aptitude for biological sciences, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Ability to work effectively in teams
* Strong analytical skills with attention to details

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
An undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for a wide variety of opportunities which have a basis in cellular and molecular biology, human/animal anatomy and physiology. The careers in biomedical sciences are tremendous and expanding daily.

A degree in Biomedical Sciences will provide students with many options for further study and employment in their area of specialization. This degree provides an excellent background to pursue further studies in professional and graduate programs such as medicine, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic medicine, and physical therapy. Examples of post graduate opportunities include positions in laboratory research at the federal level, in institutions of higher education, and in the private sector. In particular, exciting opportunities exist in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other biomedical and health related areas to include specialties in human and veterinary medicine. Combinations of research and teaching opportunities are also available.

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Biomedical Student Association (BSA) http://cvmbs.colostate.edu/bms/ugmajor_studorg.htm
* CVMBS (College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) College Council http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/collegecouncil/
* Health Professions Club
* Premedica
* Pre-Vet Club

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Kelly Swetich*
110A Physiology Building
1680 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1680
email: Kelly.Swetich@colostate.edu
970-491-3926
http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/bms/
* *Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1032
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu/
* Academic advising/major exploration


Career Center
26 Lory Student Center
Lower level, by Student Media
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Career advising


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* * Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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