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

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

Biomedical Science BS

What is medical and veterinary sciences? 

The biomedical science: medical and veterinary sciences degree program is informed by the principles of the One Health Initiative, which unites human medicine, veterinary medicine and the environment. 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 sciences 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 health advising office and pre-vet advising program help students interested in pursuing medical and 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 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
603-862-3757
mcbs.dept@unh.edu

  • Already an Accomplished Researcher
    Hannah Manning is a biomedical science: medical and veterinary sciences major with a double minor in classics and zoology and is the recipient of their second Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).
    Already an Accomplished Researcher
    Hannah Manning is a biomedical science: medical and veterinary sciences major with a double minor in classics and zoology and is the recipient of their second Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).
  • URC 2022: The Effects of Estradiol on the Angiogenic Factor CCN1 in Human Tumor Granulosa Cells
    Kiely Hoyt '23 of Mahopac, NY, is a student in the Biomedical Science program at COLSA who presented her research into human tumor granulosa cells at the 2022...
    URC 2022: The Effects of Estradiol on the Angiogenic Factor CCN1 in Human Tumor Granulosa Cells
    Kiely Hoyt '23 of Mahopac, NY, is a student in the Biomedical Science program at COLSA who presented her research into human tumor granulosa cells at the 2022...
  • Four years, two degrees
    Megann Sullivan is currently pursuing her associate degree in veterinary technology and plans to move to the four-year biomedical sciences: medical and veterinary sciences major following graduation.
    Four years, two degrees
    Megann Sullivan is currently pursuing her associate degree in veterinary technology and plans to move to the four-year biomedical sciences: medical and veterinary sciences major following graduation.
  • UNH students play key role in COVID-19 fight
    A team of UNH students have stepped into vital positions to bolster UNH’s battle against the coronavirus. They put in 10-hour shifts this summer when tests needed to be administered and processed quickly, and they continue to administer weekly tests for faculty and staff.
    UNH students play key role in COVID-19 fight
    A team of UNH students have stepped into vital positions to bolster UNH’s battle against the coronavirus. They put in 10-hour shifts this summer when tests needed to be administered and processed quickly, and they continue to administer weekly tests for faculty and staff.
  • Success is in the Details
    Soleha Patel ‘21 is a biomedical science: medical and veterinary sciences major from Mumbai, India. Her involvement in COVID-19 testing on UNH's campus has given her valuable exposure to the American healthcare system.
    Success is in the Details
    Soleha Patel ‘21 is a biomedical science: medical and veterinary sciences major from Mumbai, India. Her involvement in COVID-19 testing on UNH's campus has given her valuable exposure to the American healthcare system.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Biomedical Science: Medical and Veterinary Sciences (BMS:MVS) program is informed by 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
  • health and environmental issues

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

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

Careers of previous Medical & Veterinary Sciences graduates include:

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

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Medical and Veterinary Sciences. Several courses are flexible in order of completion, as indicated by footnotes.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences 1
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BMS 507
or ANSC 511
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
or Anatomy and Physiology
4
BMCB 605 Principles of Cell Biology 1 4
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 508
or ANSC 512
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
or Anatomy and Physiology
4
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory 1
5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 1 4
 Credits17
Spring
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Major Elective 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 Credits129
1

BMCB 605, BMS 503 & BMS 504, and GEN 604 and may be taken in other semesters, but all should be completed by the end of Fall semester in junior year.

Students in the Medical and Veterinary Sciences (MVS) option take eight Foundation courses, six Bioscience Core courses, three BMS-MVS Core courses, and six BMS-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, Bioscience Core, and BMS-MVS Core courses, 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 (Rudman Hall, Room G02).

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
1

 CHEM 403 fulfills the Physical Science Discovery requirement

2

 MATH 424B fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement

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 605Principles of Cell Biology4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
3

BIOL 411 fulfills the Biological Science Discovery requirement, Discovery Laboratory requirement, and the Discovery Inquiry requirement.

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 six unique major elective courses are required. Two courses must be taken in each of the following subject areas: biomedical systems, pathobiology and disease, and health and environmental issues.

Biomedical Systems Electives
Recommended Courses

BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4

Other Appropriate Courses

BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
ANSC 605Poultry Production and Health Management4
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition4
ANSC 612Genetics of 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 Genetics 43
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4
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 777Neuroethology (the Neural Basis of Animal Behavior)4
4

Enrolling in GEN 725 concurrently is encouraged but not required

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 712Experiences in Applied Veterinary Diagnostics (4-credit minimum)2
BMS 720Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology3
BMS 735Molecular and Cellular Parasitology4
ANSC 627Animal Health Applications4
NUTR 773Clinical Nutrition4

Health and Environmental Issues Electives
Recommended Courses

BMS #716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 750Collaborative Farm Design and Development4
ANTH 610Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing4
BIOL 541Ecology4
HMP 401United States Health Care Systems 54
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4
NR 435Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness 54
SOC 635WMedical Sociology4
5

 Only one 400-level course may be taken to fulfill a Major Elective requirement.

Other Appropriate Courses

ANTH 685Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa4
BIOL 706Data Science with R for the Life Sciences4
CLAS 525Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms4
HMP 642Health Economics4
HMP 669Human Behavior and the Public Health4
NR 650Principles of Conservation Biology4
PSYC 531Psychobiology4
PSYC 737Behavioral Medicine4

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).  Students may take more than one capstone course.  Capstone completion is never displayed on Degree Works; your advisor will certify capstone completion at the time of graduation. Students must have 90 credits or more when completing their capstone requirement.  See your advisor for questions about capstones.

Approved BMS:MVS Capstone Courses

BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care (4-credit minimum)2
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 711Toxicology4
BMS 712Experiences in Applied Veterinary Diagnostics (4-credit minimum)2
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
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
ANSC 605Poultry Production and Health Management4
ANSC 698Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM)4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
Other 795 Investigations course in the biological sciences (4-credit minimum)

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

SLO: Core Knowledge

Students will demonstrate an understanding of core knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology,
cell biology, genetics & biomedical sciences.

Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Science option

  • Students will be able to list the major organ systems in mammals and describe their basic structure and function.
  • Students will be able to describe the differences between Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.
  • Students will be able to describe the structure and function of the major cellular organelles.
  • Students will understand the principles of Mendelian genetics.
  • Students will understand the pathogenesis of disease and effects on the major organ systems.
  • Students will be able to describe the inter-relationships between health and disease, society, and the environment.

SLO: Quantitative Literacy, Inquiry & Analysis

  • Students will be able to apply the scientific method to examine experimental evidence and draw informed conclusions.
  • Students will be able to use graphs to represent scientific data.
  • Students will be able to apply statistical methods to interpret scientific data.

SLO: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Students will be able to use data to troubleshoot an unexpected outcome.
  • Students will be able to apply core knowledge to critically interpret scientific data.

SLO: Written Communication

  • Students will demonstrate written skills to communicate scientific knowledge and experimental data.

SLO: Oral Communication

  • Students will be able to demonstrate oral presentation skills to communicate scientific knowledge and experimental data.

Explore Program Details

What is your acceptance rate for students applying to medical school?

  • The acceptance rate for medical students over the past five years is 56%.
  • The acceptance rate for dental students over the past five years is 75%.

What is the average GPA and MCAT score of students accepted to medical school from your program?

  • The average GPA of students accepted to medical school over the past five years is 3.78.
  • The average MCAT score for students accepted to medical school over the past five years is 63%.

What is your acceptance rate for students applying to veterinary school?

  • The acceptance rate for veterinary students in the 2018-2019 application cycle was 91%.

What is the average GPA of students accepted to veterinary school from your program?

  • The average GPA of students accepted to veterinary school in 2018-2019 was 3.57.

What other career options are there for students in the major who may not be accepted to medical or veterinary school, or who may not be interested in that career path?

  • Research scientist
  • Physician assistant
  • Accelerated nursing programs
  • Public health
  • Graduate school in a wide variety of programs
  • Biotechnology
  • Dental school
  • Chiropractic school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Medical assistant
  • Veterinary assistant

What kinds of experiences exist in UNH’s Biomedical Science (BMS): Medical and Veterinary Sciences (MVS) program that make it different from other programs preparing students for professional schools?

  • New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research (wide variety of research programs during the semester and the summer; research at domestic and international sites)
  • A pre-health professions advisor in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)
  • A career planning office house in COLSA, where resume-writing assistance/workshops are offered and where funds are available to partially support unpaid internships
  • A rigorous curriculum that includes all requirements for admissions to medical school, veterinary school, dental school and physician assistant programs, with a wide variety of major electives (e.g., courses in Preceptorial in Prehospital Care; Experiences in Applied Veterinary Diagnostics; Emergency Medical Care: Emergency Medical Technician and many other cool classes)
  • The McGregor Emergency Medical Service is located on the Durham campus, and they welcome student volunteers.
  • Internships at Health and Wellness (on-campus)

Where have your students been accepted to medical or veterinary school?

  • Albany
  • Boston University
  • Drexel
  • Dartmouth College
  • George Washington University
  • Quinnipiac
  • Tufts
  • Tulane
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of New England
  • University of Vermont
  • Wake Forest
  • and many others

I am interested in physician assistant programs. Is the Biomedical Science: Medical and Veterinary Sciences (BMS: MVS) program for me?

Yes, by completing the BMS: MVS program, you will meet all requirements for applying to physician programs. The rigorous course work in the program will give you an excellent scientific foundation, preparing you well for a variety of pre-health professions, should you decide not to pursue physician assistant programs.

Besides classes, what are some extracurricular activities for me?

  • Pre-Vet club
  • Global brigades (public health outreach to under-served communities in Nicaragua and Ghana, for example)
  • Over 200 recognized student organizations

As part of the University of New Hampshire’s Discovery Program requirements, all students must complete a Capstone experience. 

Capstone Experiences 

Take a deeper look at what it means to be a pre-veterinary student at UNH and discover why UNH students have an average 92% acceptance rate to veterinary schools — nearly double the national rate.

During our one-hour on-campus information sessions, faculty members will provide you with an overview of the pre-veterinary program from exceptional experiential learning to expert pre-veterinary advising, discuss majors and curriculum and answer any questions you might have. You will also have an opportunity to talk with current students about their experiences. Find out why UNH should be the top choice for all students considering a career in veterinary medicine — register to attend an on-campus info session today.

The sessions and tours are held throughout the year.

Advising is available for UNH students, alumni, and post baccalaureates pursuing health professional careers.

The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health professions school from advising on the courses they should take to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

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