Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biomedical Sciences prepares students for entry into graduate and professional programs in medicine, osteopathic, podiatry, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy or dentistry. In addition, the BS program prepares students for masters and doctoral programs, scientific research, and employment in biomedical laboratories and/or biotech companies. The program offers a multidisciplinary study of health and diseases, and particularly the biological and molecular sciences that constitute the foundation of modern medicine.

Required coursework and laboratory training are provided by the program for graduate and professional school admission. The BS program provides preparation for professional and graduate school examinations and access to relevant extracurricular activities such as community service and research opportunities with experienced faculty mentors.

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

Students are immersed in a structured comprehensive curricula designed for preparation for health professional careers. This is achieved by offering courses, laboratory work and research opportunities that develop fundamental problem-solving criteria, critical thinking, writing, and communication skills.   Our students graduate with the scientific knowledge and intellectual abilities to pursue careers or pursue post graduate education in the health professions.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences develop:

the knowledge to:

  • Apply biomedical science competencies to solve scientific problems;
  • Demonstrate competency in written and oral communication;
  • Develop critical thinking skills for applying scientific knowledge in problem-solving strategies.

skills to:

  •  Show proficiency in experimental procedures and analysis of results;
  •  Demonstrate scientific leadership skills;

attitudes to:

  • Demonstrate social and ethical judgment in science;
  • Demonstrate competency in the use of technology to obtain valid scientific information.

Program Highlights

Small Class Size : Each year a new class of up to 40 students are accepted into the program.

Ph.D.-Level Instructors:  Courses are taught by PhD level, CDU/UCLA faculty with multiple years of teaching and research experience who are experts in their fields.

Mentored Research Experience embedded in the curriculum: Students work on independent research projects with faculty skilled in mentoring young scientists. Students will be assigned to a research mentor based on their interest and on five research pillars in the areas of cancer, cardio-metabolic, HIV/AIDS, mental health and health policy that makes research at CDU an unique experience. In addition, students in the Department of Health and Life Sciences will have access to state-of-the-art techniques in microscopy, computer imaging, electrophysiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to investigate important problems in biomedicine that will complement their research experience with their mentors.

Clinical Experience: Students will have the opportunity to shadow or obtain clinical experience depending on their track of choice. In addition, the students will participate in simulations with actors and robotic dummies to gain teamwork skills and leadership expertise.

Development of Strong Ethical, Social Justice and Leadership Qualities: In accordance with the University’s mission, the Biomedical Sciences program fosters and develops strong ethical values in students through leadership training and service to the community. Through BMS200 Social Justice and Leadership seminars, students discover how to define their own strengths and learn about unequal wealth, resource distribution, and laws that support segregation.

Community Engagement: Through PHE 250 community health issues, Students have the opportunity to learn about health related issues that affect the community in South Central LA. In the senior year, students take PHE 450 senior seminar to work on projects with a global perspective.  A community service-learning project is assigned to each student to be completed within 100 hours of service.

Global Experience: Students will have opportunities to study abroad or be part of service learning activities in another country. This will be accomplished during summer of the junior or senior year.

Preparation for Graduate and Professional School: The Biomedical Sciences major degree is designed to prepare students for health-related graduate and professional programs. In addition, employment opportunities include: positions in laboratory research, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other biomedical and health-related areas.

Individualized Attention/ Curriculum: Students will have the opportunity to work closely with experience professors and researchers in a small class environment and ample opportunities to:

  • Interact with academic counselors and departmental staff
  • Advance communication skills through special workshops
  • Receive personalized academic advisory, career exploration assistance, and graduate school interview preparation with career advisors
  • Students can take upper division courses based on their career interest with tracks on: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical therapy and Pre-Podiatry