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 Biomedical Sciences is the broad field of applied biology as related to human and animal health and disease.

Major in Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences is the broad field of applied biology as related to human and animal health and disease. It involves the study of structure and function from the molecular to systemic level. 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, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, calculus and statistics, with a liberal education in the humanities and social sciences.

Prepare for Health-Related Graduate & Professional Programs

The Biomedical Sciences degree will provide students with many opportunities for further study and employment in their area of specialization. The coursework is designed to prepare students for health-related graduate and professional programs. Post-graduate opportunities will include further studies in physiology, neuroscience, and pathology. Employment opportunities will include positions in laboratory research, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other biomedical and health-related areas.

Visit Campus and Meet with an Advisor 

We are happy to meet with prospective students as you consider your college and major options. If you are interested in setting up a visit with our advisors, please contact Kristen Brown, assistant director for student success, at or 970-491-6874, and she will coordinate your visit with our college.

Change Your Major to Biomedical Sciences

The Biomedical Sciences major is a controlled and enrollment-capped major. This means students must meet additional enrollment criteria to be admissible to the major, and will be placed on the waitlist until there is space available.

Incoming first-year students:

  • Apply early; eligible students are accepted on a rolling basis until enrollment has been reached (which can be as early as December).
  • Consult the Competitive Majors page. 

 Incoming transfer students: 

  • Apply early; admissions are on a space-available basis
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • 'B' or better in LIFE 102 equivalent
  • 'B' or better in CHEM 111/112 equivalent

Students already at CSU:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (4.0 scale)
  • 'B' or better in LIFE 102
  • 'B' or better in CHEM 111/112       

Second bachelor's/post-bac candidates are not eligible for admission to Biomedical Sciences.  

Eligible students must contact the department to be added to the waitlist. For students who apply to Biomedical Sciences after enrollment has been reached, this is not automatic from the admissions application process.  


In addition to the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC), BMS majors must also complete a series of core and elective courses. Students must complete a minimum of 42 upper division credits (300-500 level), and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Requirements are current as of Spring 2016. Please refer to the BMS Requirement Checklist for further details.

BMS Courses

LIFE 102 – Attributes of Living Systems (4)
LIFE 210 – Introduction to Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3)
LIFE 212 – Introductory Cell Biology Lab (2)
LIFE 201B – Genetics (3)
BMS 360 – Fundamentals of Physiology (4)
BMS 302 – Laboratory in Prin. of Physiology (2)
MIP 300 – General Microbiology (3)
MIP 302 – General Microbiology Lab (2)

Senior Capstone Experience

Biomedical sciences majors will be required to complete a five credit senior capstone experience. Students have three curriculum pathways and must take all the courses in that sequence to complete the AUCC 4 category requirement for graduation. Classes taken as part of the senior capstone experience cannot be double counted in directed electives.
BMS 460 – Essentials of Pathophysiology (3)
BMS 461 – Pathophysiology Perspectives (2)
BMS 345 - Functional Neuroanatomy (4)
BMS 400 - Seminar: Neuroanatomy Case Studies (1)
Cardiopulmonary Physiology
BMS 420 – Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
BMS 421 – Perspectives in Cardiopulmonary Diseases (2)

Anatomy Courses (Choose one)

BMS 301 – Human Gross Anatomy (5)
BMS 305 – Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy (4)
BMS 330 – Microscopic Anatomy (4)

Physical Science Courses

General Chemistry: CHEM 111 (4), CHEM 112 (1), CHEM 113 (3), CHEM 114 (1)
Organic Chemistry: CHEM 341 (3), CHEM 343 (3), CHEM 344 (2)
Biochemistry: BC 351 (4)
Physics: PH 121 (5), PH 122 (5) or PH 141 (5), PH 142 (5)
Mathematics & Statistics: MATH 155 (4) or MATH 160 (4), STAT 301 (3) or STAT 307 (3)

BMS Directed Electives (15 credits approved by Advisor)

BMS 192 – Seminar in Biomedical Sciences (1)
BMS 260 – Introduction to Biomedical Sciences (3) – required course for freshman
BMS 325 – Cellular Neurobiology (3)
BMS 330 – Microscopic Anatomy (4) (if BMS 305 or 301 has already been taken for anatomy requirement)
BMS 345^ – Functional Neuroanatomy (4)
BMS 384* – Supervised College Teaching (max. 3 credits)
BMS 401 – Laboratory Research in Biomedical Sciences (4) 
BMS 405 – Nerve and Muscle – Toxins, Trauma and Disease (3)
BMS 409 – Human & Animal Reproductive Biology (3)
BMS 420^ – Cardiopulmonary Physiology (3)
BMS 425 – Introduction to Systems Neurobiology (3)
BMS 430 – Endocrinology (3)
BMS 450 – Pharmacology (3)
BMS 460^ – Essentials of Pathophysiology (3) 
BMS 487** – Internship (varies)
BMS 495** – Independent Study (varies)
BMS 496A-D*** – Honors Options (1-2)
BMS 498** – Research (varies)
BMS 500 – Mammalian Physiology I (4)
BMS 501 – Mammalian Physiology II (4)
BMS 521 – Comparative Reproductive Physiology (3)
BMS 531 – Domestic Animal Dissection (3)
BMS 575 – Human Anatomy Dissection (4)
BC 463 – Molecular Genetics (3)
BC 465 – Molecular Regulation of Cell Function (3)  
BZ 220 – Introduction to Evolution (3)
MIP 342 – Immunology (4)
MIP 351 – Medical Bacteriology (3)
^ If not taken as part of senior capstone
*No more than 3 credits earned in BMS 384 can be used towards BMS Directed Electives. Additional credits earned in this course are free electives.
**No more than 3 credits earned in BMS 487, BMS 495, and BMS 498 can be used towards BMS Directed Electives. Additional credits earned in these courses are free electives.
***Only one instance of BMS 496 can be used towards BMS Directed Electives. Additional credits earned in these courses are free electives.  

Upper Division Courses

Of the 120 semester credits required for graduation a minimum of 42 credits must be at the 300, 400 or 500 level. 500 - level courses may be chosen but not required.