Curriculum

Requirements for the Major (120 units) 
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences requires:

  • 45 units General Education and core university courses
  • 51 units Lower and Upper Division required courses
  • 24 units lower or upper division Electives courses depending on the track of choice: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical therapy and Pre-Podiatry

The lower division core curriculum provides a strong foundation in basic sciences, in addition to the unique CDU core themes to prepare our graduates to disseminate the CDU mission. The CDU advantage includes core courses on cultural diversity education, global comparative health disparities, underserved community engagement, and sociopolitical dynamic of health embedded in the Biomedical Sciences curriculum.
The upper division curriculum is tailored to individual career goals, such as pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, pre-pharmacy pre-physical therapy and pre-dentistry. In addition, pre-professional admission exam preparation is offered through Integrative Biomedical Sciences courses.

  • Successful completion of the major requires a minimum C (2.0) overall grade point average.
  • Courses marked with an * will fulfill category B for General Studies (8 units).
  • Courses marked with ** are aligned with the CDU advantage and the ILOS:
    • Research Experience
    • Global Experience
    • Social Justice
    • Community Engagement

General Education Requirements  (45 Credits)

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GE Category A
9 Units

ENG 111

English Composition

3

COM 111

Public Speaking

3

ENG 112

Critical Thinking and Text Analysis

3

                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GE Category  B
3 Credits

CPU 125

Computer Applications

2

ILR-101

Information Literacy

1

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GE Category 
C
9 Credits

ART 131

Health and Creative Arts

3

HUM 231, 232 or 233

Intro to Humanities I, II, Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Literature, or Medical Humanities I (Philosophy of Health)

3

HUM 231, 232, 233 or 330

Intro to Humanities I, II, Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Literature, or Medical Humanities I (Philosophy of Health)

3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

   

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GE Category 
D
12 Units

HIS 141

United States History

3

POL 141

United States Government

3

COM 315

Cross Cultural Communication in Healthcare

3

PSY 141 or 351 or SOC 141

General Psychology, Human Development, or Introduction to Sociology

3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GE Category 
E
9 Credits

COM 131

Introduction to Spanish

3

COM 231

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

3

PHE 250

Community Health Issues

2

PHE 450

Senior Health Seminar and Capstone

1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

GE Category 
F
3Credits

HUM 330, or

Medical Humanities I (Philosophy of Health)

 

 

Introduction to Public Health

 

PHE 352, or

Health Dynamics & Cultural Diversity

 

PSY 351

Human Development

 

 

Biomedical Sciences major:  Required courses (51 Credits)

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

 

 

Required Courses for the major

BMS 130 L/ 131 L

General Biology w/ Lab  part I and II* B

4,4

BMS 140L/ 141L

General Chemistry w/ Lab part I and II * B

4,4

BMS 201

Social Justice and Leadership Seminar

1

BMS 210/211L

Organic Chemistry w/ Lab  part I and II

4,4

MTH 150

Statistics for Research

3

MTH 130

Pre-Calculus

3

MTH 230

Calculus I (required pre-med)

3

BMS 250

Brain and Behavior

3

BMS 303L

Biochemistry w/ Lab

4

BMS 310 L/311L

Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab part I and II

4,4

BMS 320L

General Microbiology w/ Lab

4

BMS 450

Ethical Issues in Biomedicine

1

Biomedical Sciences major: Electives Courses (24 Credits)

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

 

 

Lower Division Electives
Courses

BMS 155

Introduction to physical therapy

2

COM 113

Medical Terminology

3

BMS 260

Pharmacy calculations

3

NTR 220

Principles of Nutrition

3

MTH 231

Calculus II

3

PHY 250L

General Physics I w/ Lab *B (required pre-med)

4

PHY 251L

General Physics II w/ Lab (required pre-med)

4

BMS 299

Independent Study

1-2

 

 

 

 

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

 

 

Upper Division Electives Courses

BMS301L

Cellular and Molecular Biology w/ Lab

4

BMS 350

Kinesiology

3

BMS 368L

Fundamentals of Biotechnology

4

BMS 400

Social Justice and Leadership Seminar II

1

BMS 401

Pharmacology

3

BMS 405L

Immunology w/ Lab

3

BMS 410

Human Genetics

3

BMS 425

Human Embryology

3

BMS 435

Neurobiology

3

BMS 444

Clinical Immunology and Hematology

3

BMS 453

Biophysics

3

BMS 455

Diagnostic skills/simulations

1

BMS 475

Evolutionary Medicine

3

BMS 480

Global Oral Health

3

BMS 495/496

Integrative Biomedical Sciences exam preparation-MCAT

2,2

BMS 497

Integrative Biomedical Sciences exam preparation-HESI

2

BMS 498

Research Project

2

BMS Elective

Approved by Department Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example of the 4-year plan of studies for the pre-Med track
Plan of Studies

YEAR 1

Semester

Course

Course Name

Units

Fall

BMS 130-L

General Biology I with lab*

4

BMS 140-L

General Chemistry with lab*

4

COM 111

Public Speaking

3

BMS 200

Social Justice and Leadership Seminar **

1

ILR-101

Information Literacy

1

CPU 125

Intro to computers

2

 

Total units:

15

Spring

BMS 131-L

General Biology II with lab *

4

BMS 141-L

General Chemistry with lab *

4

ENG 111

English Composition

3

MTH 230

Calculus I

3

PHE 250

Community Health Issues **

2

 

Total units:

16

Summer

ENG 112

Critical Thinking

3

ART-131

Health and Creative Art  **

3

 

POL 141

United States Government

3

 

HIS 141

United States History

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total units:

12

YEAR 2

Semester

Course

Course Name

Units

Fall

PHY250-L

General Physics I with Lab *

4

BMS 210-L

Organic Chemistry I with Lab

4

BMS 250

Brain and Behavior

3

COM 131

Intro to Spanish

3

PSY 141

Intro to Psychology

3

 

Total units:

17

Spring

PHY 251-L

General Physics II with Lab *

4

BMS 211

Organic Chemistry with Lab

4

MTH 150

Statistic for research*

3

COM 231

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

3

 

Total units:

14

 

YEAR 3

Semester

Course

Course Name

Units

Fall

BMS 302 L

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BMS 300 L

Biochemistry with lab

4

HUM 233

Cultural Diversity

3

PSY 351

Human Development

3

 

 

 

 

Total units:

14

Spring

COM 315

Cross cultural communication in health care

3

BMS 410 

Human Genetics

3

BMS 401

Pharmacology or elective

3

BMS 499

Research Project**

2

 

 

 

 

Total units:

11

YEAR 4

Semester

Course

Course Name

Units

Fall

BMS 320L

Microbiology with Lab

4

BMS 310L

Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

BMS 495

Integrative Biomedical Science exam prep II

2

HUM 330

Medical Humanities

3

 

 

 

 

Total units:

13

Spring

BMS 311L

Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

BMS 496

Integrative Biomedical Science exam prep II

2

BMS 450

Ethics in Biomedical Sciences**

1

PHE 450

Senior Health Seminar and capstone**

1

 

Total units:

8