The Biomedical Sciences curriculum is an interdisciplinary science program that includes core courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. These courses provide a solid foundation in each of these basic sciences and serve as general prerequisites for admission to most health professional schools. Elective and C/LS courses will satisfy additional admission prerequisites to master's and doctoral programs in the health sciences. These schools include, but are not limited to, medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, optometry, chiropractic, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and genetic counseling.
In addition to providing students with grounding in the basic and biomedical sciences, this curriculum allows students whose goals and interests are not in clinical practice to pursue other avenues of opportunity. For example, it also will prepare students for graduate study (i.e., research-based M.S. and Ph.D. degrees) in a wide range of fields in the life sciences, including cellular and developmental biology, molecular genetics and molecular biology, immunology, and other biomedical sciences. Also, many vocations are available to graduates who seek no additional formal education beyond the B.S. degree. These include careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical diagnostics industries, hospital and independent testing labs, academic biomedical research, and state/federal health or research labs.
Two features of the program - the Introduction to the Health Professions course and a required internship in a clinical setting - provide focused information about and direct experience with the health care system. While most internships will be served locally at St. Francis Hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, or other health care providers, in many cases students may be able to arrange internships in their hometowns. The inclusion of Business courses as Biomedical Sciences electives represents a distinct difference from any other program of this type, and provides students with the management background so strongly recommended by our Pre-Med/Pre-Health Advisory Board. Students can tailor their coursework and complete any remaining requirements via judicious choice of Biomedical Sciences and free electives, with the help of a faculty advisor.
However, for medical and most other health professional schools, students can choose any major - including Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Medical Technology - prior to professional school application. We note that Marist's Biomedical Sciences curriculum, as well as the Biology and Biochemistry curricula at Marist, includes all the pre-requisite undergraduate courses for the great majority of professional schools.