Undergraduate Studies

The undergraduate program in the Department of Biomedical Sciences within the College of Health Sciences provides a distinctive area of study to Marquette students and is specifically designed to prepare individuals for careers in the health industry.

Why Biomedical Sciences at Marquette?

The program is unique for several reasons:

  • The curriculum consists of human-oriented and medical science courses. Thus, students take courses normally reserved for professional students, such as human anatomy and gross anatomy, pharmacology, general and molecular pathology, human microbiology, and medical genetics.
  • Opportunities exist to complement a strong science background with a minor or two to gain a competitive advantage in the job market. Because of this elective flexibility, biomedical sciences majors often obtain minors in disciplines such as business administration, marketing, communications, computer science, or a foreign language.
  • Research opportunities for students are abundant, and can include semester long work as well as an intensive 10-week annual summer research program.
  • The curriculum is dynamic, and student-learning outcomes are assessed annually to ensure the most effective educational experience.
  • Our faculty members are simply outstanding, and:
    • Conduct cutting-edge biomedical research. As a result, current findings are incorporated into their courses.
    • Are the same faculty that teach professional students in the school of dentistry, the physical therapy program, and physician assistant studies program.
    • Are committed to the institutional mission, ensuring that students are carefully mentored by individuals involved in community service and outreach. This helps develop a strong sense of social justice in many of our graduates.
    • Are highly accessible to students. For example, faculty and students participate in an annual retreat to discuss career pathways, strategies to gain acceptance to professional and graduate programs, and ideas to improve the overall educational experience in the major.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Explain fundamental concepts in the major areas of biomedical sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and molecular pathology)
  • Successfully compete for enrollment in graduate and professional schools and/or careers in the health care field
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy and apply it to contemporary health care issues
  • Demonstrate an understanding of medical ethics and a commitment to service to others

Career Paths in the Biomedical Sciences