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Biomedical Studies

Director, 2007-08: Ted Johnson (Biology)

Biomedical studies is a multidisciplinary program offering a contract concentration that can be earned in conjunction with any B.A. academic major. The concentration is intended as a plan of study that will enhance the preparation of students entering careers in the biomedical arena ranging from medicine to sports science to hospital administration. The concentration offers students an opportunity for a broad and thoughtful exposure to biomedical studies. Students develop a biomedical studies concentration by implementing a plan of study to match their individual needs. Students must first consult with the Biomedical Studies Program director and develop a contract near the end of their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year. The contract may be altered by mutual consent at any time.


The biomedical studies concentration consists of five courses and a senior capstone experience. All students must take a foundation course (Biology 123 or 243) depending on their course of study. In addition, students are required to choose one course from opportunities in each of three core components: 1) practical application; 2) experiential learning; and 3) ethical consideration. Within each of these three components, there will be several choices to fulfill the requirement. Seminars and Interim courses may be included as they become available.


Course selected must be outside the student's major.

Art 122, Foundation Sculpture
Art 116, Foundation Ceramics
Chemistry 260, Medicinal Chemistry in Jamaica
Dance 201, The Body Movable
Dance 232, Movement Analysis
Economics 245, Economics of Health Care
Nursing 110, Nutrition and Wellness Nursing 302, Health Care Issues
Physical Education 255, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Physical Education 373, Motor Learning
Physical Education 374, Biomechanics
Physical Education 375, Physiology of Exercise
Psychology 238, Biopsychology
Psychology 375, Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Psychology 390, Psychophysiology
Social Work 258, Social Policy
Sociology 267, Medical Anthropology
Sociology 248, Death, Dying and Bereavement
Statistics 212, Statistics for the Sciences
Course selection must be outside of their major


This component requires students to arrange a non-classroom experience that exposes them to a hands-on or immediately-present form of biomedical learning. Off-campus courses, internships or practicums in this area enable the student to observe some area in the biomedical arena. Students may incorporate many different experiences into their biomedical contract. Examples include:

Academic Internships (294/394)
Family Social Services in Central Mexico (Social Work 256)
Peruvian Medical Experience (Biology 284)
ACM Costa Rica Semester Tropical Field Research
Athletic Training
Biology in South India Semester Study-Service Abroad Projects
Cardiac Physiology (Biology 250)
HECUA Urban Studies Semester Internship
The Physician in Clinical Hospital Care (Interdisciplinary 255)
Global Health and Biostatistics in Geneva (Statistics 285)


Courses that address ethical issues related to biomedical science are:

Philosophy 250, Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy 252, Ethics and the Good Life
Physical Education 290, Sport Ethic in Society

Other ethics courses by petition to the biomedical studies director.


Students must select an additional Level II or III course outside of their major that complements their plan of study.


The final requirement for a biomedical studies concentration is a senior capstone experience proposed individually or by a group of concentrators. Projects could include, but are not limited to, an integrative paper, a biomedical seminar organized by the student(s), a portfolio, or a major paper synthesizing the student(s)’ experiences and reflections.