Biomedical Science


As a Biomedical Science major, you’ll focus on those disciplines of the natural sciences and mathematics to help you prepare for medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

What you’ll study

The BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE major is designed for highly motivated students who are considering a career in health science areas such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The major focus on those disciplines of the natural sciences and mathematics which will assist students in their preparation for matriculation into professional or graduate schools.

Faculty & Staff

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Students majoring in biomedical sciences will feel prepared to go on to medical school and other medical or health-related graduate programs. Students will leave feeling prepared for the various entrance exams needed for graduate-level study.

Here are some highlighted courses included in the Biomedical Science Major:

BIO 101 – Life Science
An introductory course for a student with a minimal science background. This course introduces the student to some of the fundamental aspects of life and the major concepts of biology, including scientific method, ecology, cells and molecules, genetics, DNA, biotechnology and evolution.\

BIO 222 – Evolution
Evolution course designed for entering majors or students with strong science preparation. The course focuses on the origin of molecules and life, natural selection, genetic drift, neutral theory, coalescence theory, molecular clock, speciation, phylogeny, evolutionary developmental biology, photosynthesis and animal embryonic development.

BIO 303 – Genetics
A course which covers the principles of inheritance. The topics will range from the origins of genetics as laid down by Mendel in the nineteenth century to the most recent discoveries in genetics dealing with genetic engineering and other current topics. Students will be exposed to common problem-solving skills essential in this field of study.

CHM 301 – Organic Chemistry I
This course will introduce the chemistry of carbon compounds. Chemical structure, nomenclature, stereochemistry, properties, reactions and reaction mechanisms of the alkanes, alcohols, amines and carbonyl groups will be investigated. The experimental portion will introduce the student to the basic laboratory techniques used in organic chemistry. These techniques will be used in the isolation, purification and identification of common organic solids and liquids. Special attention will be given to important concepts such as extraction, crystallization, distillation and chromatography.

PHY 211 – General Physics I
General Physics I is an introductory course in physics that deals with statics, dynamics and thermodynamics. The course includes studies of Newton’s Laws of Motion, gravitation, Law of Conservation of Momentum, work and energy, fluid behavior, heat transfer and thermodynamics.

What are the courses like in Biomedical Science at NCWU?

Check out our latest university catalog for learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plans of study for NC Wesleyan University’s Biomedical Science Program.

A Concentration in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinarian or Pre-Dentistry is Required.

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Biomedical Science majors develop many skills which can prepare them for success in public and private environments. Careers for biomedical science majors exist in many areas and students often use the biomedical science skills they acquire as a gateway to working in many fields such as education, research, sales, medical practice, and hospital and institutional work. Also, students often pursue a professional degree, medical degree, or maybe as scientists, researchers, educators, and more.

Career Options

  • Medical, Dentistry, or Veterinary Careers (with graduate training)
  • Public Health Careers
  • Academic Research in University Settings
  • Research and Product Development in Medical Supply and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Pharmaceutical or Medical sales
  • Teaching
  • Scientific Writing
  • Laboratory Technology
  • Environmental Scientists

Wondering what you can do with a degree from NCWU’s Biomedical major? Check out these resources from NCWU Career Development & Leadership and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!

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Student Organizations

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, NC Wesleyan University has a number of partnerships with other community colleges, universities and institutions that allow students to enroll at NCWU with simple pathways. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to NCWU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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