Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

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The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Sciences major is designed for the undergraduate student with an aptitude for the sciences and who plans to attend medical school or to conduct biomedical research in graduate school and beyond. The B.S. degree is intended particularly for students preparing for research and/or practice in the chemical, genetic, cellular, physiological basis of human disease. The major requires a minimum of 78 semester hours of course work in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, and the social sciences.

The major is selective, with a limited number of students admitted, and the curriculum is challenging, requiring extreme dedication by its students who will be mentored by UI faculty members from the participating disciplines.

Admission Requirements and Procedures for Incoming First-Year Students
Incoming freshmen who wish to apply to the Biomedical Sciences major should declare Biomedical Sciences Interest as their degree choice in order to receive a supplemental application for submission of an essay. Students applying for admission to the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) directly from high school with the following profile will be considered for admission to the major:

  • A minimum ACT composite score of 29 or the equivalent SAT composite.
  • A minimum ACT Math and Scientific Reasoning score of 29 or the equivalent SAT score.
  • A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.70.
  • A record of completing advanced science courses in high school as AP, IB, or Honors courses if offered by the high school and/or of completing a second course in a sequence of courses (such as Chemistry I and Chemistry II), with grades in key science courses considered.
  • A dedication to and passion for the sciences and mathematics as indicated in a statement of purpose on the supplemental application.

Current UI and Transfer Student Admission
A student may also be admitted to the major as a continuing student at Iowa or as a transfer student with the understanding that a late declaration of the major may delay graduation. Applicants must demonstrate a record of academic excellence in the sciences through their outstanding grades in related UI or transfer course work. Current UI students wanting to be evaluated for admission should be enrolled in, or already completed, Foundations of Biology (BIOL: 1411). A statement of purpose and one letter of reference from a science or mathematics instructor is required. Before admission to the program, a student must meet with the Director of the Biomedical Sciences major. Admission to the program also depends on the student’s ability to work in a team, to show a strong work ethic, and to have a high-level of academic integrity, as necessary for research in a faculty lab.