BS Biology (Biomedical Sciences)

Skeleton in Pre-Med / Anatomy Lab

The mission of the BS Biology (Biomedical Sciences)  program is to provide Biology majors with high quality, student-centered undergraduate education in the area of biomedical sciences.  In achieving our mission the program (1) ensures that students receive a solid foundation in central fields of Biology while also providing specialized upper-level curricula in the biomedical sciences, (2) fosters undergraduate involvement in scientific research, (3) supports the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences to prepare an engaged citizenry, and (4) produces graduates that possess the preparation and skill needed to obtain employment or pursue a graduate/professional degree in a biomedical sciences field.

In the last two years, graduates of this program have achieved outstanding success:

  • 65% ended up attending either medical, veterinarian, or some other professional school
  • 18% entered directly into the workforce
  • 6% went to graduate school
  • 6% pursued a second baccalaureate program

Shawnee State designed its biomedical sciences program to thoroughly prepare students for medical school entry. Not only does it include all required classes for medical school entry—we also offer a unique set of advanced biology courses that students are unlikely to find at any other undergraduate institution. For example: we offer an advanced human anatomy course that involves actual human cadaver dissection.

Shawnee State faculty members offer research opportunities for every student enrolled in our program, and work one-on-one with them in several dedicated research lab spaces. We also have an ongoing research collaboration with Southern Ohio Medical Center.

  • Nine highly-qualified faculty members. Eight with Ph.D.'s in biology, one with an M.S. in biology.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities every semester.
  • Upper-division classes are small, with class sizes typically around 15 – 20 students.
  • A teaching licensure option is available with our BS Natural Sciences degree
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools at: The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati.
  • We have several active biology clubs within the department that invite speakers to campus, get involved with the community, and organize social activities.
    • Our Pre-Med Club invites speakers from medical schools, organizes social activities, and helps students with the medical school application process.
    • Our Tri-Beta Club is the Xi Upsilon chapter of the βββ National Biological Honor Society. They promote research and research activities within the department.
  • The vast majority of our senior Biomedical sciences majors are accepted to one or more medical/professional schools.

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Degree Requirements for the BS Biology (Biomedical)

2018–2019 Catalog

First Year Experience (FYE) Course (1–2 hours)

  • UNIV1100 (1 hour), or
  • HONR1101 (2 hours)

The FYE requirement is waived for all transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours.

General Education Program (30 hours)

The Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GEP are satisfied by the math and science requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Biology Curriculum (47–49 hours)

Biology Foundation (14 hours)

BIOL1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL1152 General Biology 2 4
BIOL3770 Genetics and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL4770 Cell Biology 3
Course Title Hours

Biomedical Sciences Core (19 hours)

BIOL3560 or BIOL3359 Principles of Anatomy / Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOL3561 or BIOL3360 Principles of Physiology / Animal Physiology 4
BIOL3750 Microbiology 4
BIOL4771 Biotechnology 4
CHEM4411 Biochemistry 3
Course Title Hours

Anatomy/Physiology Electives (7–8 hours)

Select two courses from the following:

BIOL3640 Histology 4
BIOL3650 Pathophysiology 3
BIOL3660 Neuroanatomy 4
BIOL4660 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
Course Title Hours

Microbiology Electives (7–8 hours)

Select two courses from the following:

BIOL4765 Virology 3
BIOL4680 Parasitology 4
BIOL4760 Diagnostic Microbiology 4
BIOL4780 Immunology 4
Course Title Hours

Math and Support Science (30 – 31 hours)

MATH1250 or MATH2110 Trigonometry or Calculus 1 3 or 4
BIOL2200, STAT1150, or STAT2500 Applied Biostatistics, Principles of Statistics, or Statistics 1 3
CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
PHYS2201 or PHYS2211 Physics 1 or Calculus-Based Physics 1 4
PHYS2202 or PHYS2212 Physics 2 or Calculus-Based Physics 2 4
Course Title Hours

Capstone (3 hours)*

BIOL4771 Biotechnology 3
Course Title Hours

*already included in the Biomedical Sciences Core

General Electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional Minimum Requirements

  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above
  • C– or better required in ALL biology, chemistry, and physics courses
  • TWO courses flagged as Writing Intensive (WI) - may be satisfied by courses already counted in the GEP

Special Minimum Requirements for Transfer Students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000 – 4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in biology completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Kimberly Inman, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815 or

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