Biomedical Science Major: Medical and Veterinary Sciences Option B.S.

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Biomedical Science Major: Medical and Veterinary Sciences Option B.S.

Program Overview

What is medical and veterinary science?

The Biomedical Science: Medical and Veterinary Sciences degree program is founded on the principles of the One Health Initiative, which unites human and veterinary medicine. This rigorous academic program meets requirements for entry into veterinary school, medical school and graduate school in the area of biomedical science or for a career as a research scientist in either the biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector or government and academic research labs. Areas of study include general biomedical science, pathobiology and disease, and health and environmental issues.

Why study medical and veterinary science at UNH?

Students at UNH engage in hands-on learning through fieldwork, lab work and independent research supported by our state-of-the-art facilities. Our pre-professional advising office helps students interested in pursuing medical or veterinary degrees make the right academic and extracurricular choices to prepare for the extremely competitive application process. Students interested in veterinary medicine also have the opportunity to work directly with veterinarians on campus at the NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, or to gain extensive experience with farm animals through coursework at UNH Agricultural Experiment Station facilities.

Potential careers

  • Clinical Pathologist
  • College professor
  • Dentist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Research scientist
  • Veterinarian

Contact

Paul C. Tsang

Professor
Phone: (603) 862-3479
Office: Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, Conant Hall Room 118H, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
603-862-4095
mcbs.dept@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The Biomedical Science: Medical and Veterinary Sciences (BMS:MVS) program is founded on the principles of the One Health Initiative, which unites human and veterinary medicine.  This rigorous academic program meets requirements for entry into veterinary school, medical school, and graduate school in the area of biomedical science or for a career as a research scientist in either the biotechnology/pharmaceutical sector or government and academic research labs.


You will select elective courses from three major areas of study:

  • biomedical systems
  • pathobiology and disease
  • public health and environmental issues

As a BMS:MVS major, you have many opportunities for career-relevant learning experiences including:


Careers or post-baccalaureate education of previous Medical & Veterinary Sciences graduates include:

  • research scientists/laboratory technicians
    • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • academic biomedical research programs
    • forensic laboratories
  • state and federal government employment
    • public health laboratories
    • health inspector (e.g., Food and Drug Administration)

BMS:MVS graduates are prepared for post-baccalaureate education in:

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences 1
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 651
& CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMS 507
or ANSC 511
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
or Anatomy and Physiology
4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
CHEM 652
& CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMS 508
or ANSC 512
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
or Anatomy and Physiology
4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
Major Elective 3-4
 Credits16-17
Spring
Major Elective 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (Capstone) 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
Major Elective 4
Major Elective 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits12
 Total Credits128-129

Students in the Medical and Veterinary Sciences (MVS) option take eight Foundation courses, five Bioscience Core courses, three MVS Core courses, and seven MVS Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors.  In addition, all other university academic requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C-minus or above is required in all courses within the major, which includes Foundation courses, Bioscience Core, BMS-MVS Core and BMS-MVS Major Electives.

Students applying to health profession schools need a full year of English.  ENGL 415C, ENGL 419, ENGL 501, ENGL 502 or ENGL 503 should be taken in addition to ENGL 401.  For further details, visit the Pre-Professional Health Program Advising Office on-line or in person (Hood House, Room 102).

Foundation Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 651
& CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 652
& CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences 24
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 34
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5

BMS-MVS Core Courses

BMS 401Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences1
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
or ANSC 511 Anatomy and Physiology
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
or ANSC 512 Anatomy and Physiology

BMS-MVS Major Elective Courses

A total of seven unique major elective courses are required. At least two courses must be taken in each of the following subject areas: biomedical systems, pathobiology and disease, and health and environmental issues. One additional course is taken from any of the three major elective subject areas.

Biomedical Systems Electives
Recommended Courses

BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
BMCB 605Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology4
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4

Other Appropriate Courses

BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANSC 612Genetics of Domestic Animals4
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)4
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 708Ruminant Nutritional Physiology3
ANSC 710Dairy Nutrition4
ANSC 715Physiology of Lactation4
ANSC 724Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
CHE 762Biomedical Engineering4
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes5
GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 771Molecular Genetics4
KIN 684
& KIN 685
Emergency Medical Care: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
and Emergency Medical Care: EMT Lab
5
ZOOL 613Animal Behavior5
ZOOL 777Neuroethology3

Pathobiology and Disease Electives
Recommended Courses

BMS 602Pathogenic Microbiology3
BMS 655Human and Animal Parasites3
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 705Immunology3
BMS 711Toxicology4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4

Other Appropriate Courses

BMS 644Clinical Hematology3
BMS 650Molecular Diagnostics4
BMS 656Immunohematology3
BMS 658Medical Biochemistry3
BMS 703Infectious Disease and Health4
BMS 706Virology3
BMS 712Grand Rounds (4-credit minimum)2
BMS 720Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology3
NUTR 773Clinical Nutrition4
AAS 527Companion Animal Diseases2
AAS 574Dairy Cattle Disease Seminar2

Health and Environmental Issues Electives
Recommended Courses

BMS 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
ANTH 610Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing4
BIOL 541General Ecology4
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems 44
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
NR 435Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness 44
SOC #635Medical Sociology4

Other Appropriate Courses

ANTH 685Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa4
CLAS 525Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms4
HMP 505Public Health: History and Practice4
HMP 569Human Behavior and the Public Health4
HMP 642Health Economics4
NR 650Principles of Conservation Biology4
PSYC 531Psychobiology4
PSYC 737Behavioral Medicine4

Other Major Electives

BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum )1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4

BMS: MVS Capstone

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).  The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled once a student has senior standing in the major.

Approved BMS:MVS Capstone Courses

BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care (4-credit minimum)2
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 711Toxicology4
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum)1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum)1-8
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience1-4
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
Other 795 Investigations course in the biological sciences

For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Experience Approval form prior to beginning the experience.

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