Biomedical Science (major)

This interdisciplinary major is the perfect foundation if you’re aspiring to medical school, biomedical research or other work related to the molecular basis of life.  It allows you to combine biology, chemistry and mathematics coursework required for graduate, medical and other professional health schools in a flexible and efficient four-year program.

Stellar science training

You’ll master the essential toolkit of the professional scientist: how to communicate effectively about scientific phenomena, analyze quantitative and qualitative data, apply frameworks from various fields of natural science, and solve problems through scientific investigation with accuracy and safety. The biomedical emphasis in this major — through courses such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Biochemistry — will also help prepare you for the Medical College Admission Test or other work in the health field.

The support you need to succeed

Forget about giant lecture halls or vying for face time with professors. Alverno’s 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes will allow you to perform your best. If you plan to go to medical school or another professional health school, Alverno’s Pre-Health program offers seminars, personalized advising, peer support and other resources to help make you a competitive candidate.

Get involved

Looking for more experiences to bolster your resume? Join one of Alverno’s dozens of student organizations — including Pre-Professional Women of Alverno — to practice your leadership skills and connect with other students. You can put your science skills to use (while getting paid) as a lab assistant, a tutor in the Daniel M. Soref Science and Mathematics Resource Center or a mentor to high school students through Alverno’s Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics. You might also participate in faculty-student research through the Center for Academic Excellence or travel to professional conferences.

Internships for the Biomedical Sciences student

Alverno’s Internship Office, which is connected to more than 2,000 partner sites, can help you find the right opportunity to advance your goals. Past internships sites have included the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Health Department, Sigma Aldrich, the Water Technology Accelerator at the Global Water Center, and the Milwaukee County Zoo.

How you can use your degree

Many students will move on to graduate, medical or other professional health schools. Alverno graduates have gone on to study at the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, University of Minnesota and Butler University, among other schools. Other students choose to go straight into the workforce in research, industry or teaching.


Alverno is internationally known for its unique abilities-based curriculum. You’ll strive to achieve your personal best by practicing the hands-on skills valued by professional health schools and employers: critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and communication. These skills will help you stand out in interviews and at the workplace. In fact, employers frequently tell us that Alverno graduates are more poised and prepared than their peers.

Biomedical Sciences Major- Beginning
Take one:
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
and Functions & Modeling
Calculus 1
Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules
and Chemistry of Bioorganic Molecules Lab
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 1 - Lab
Biomedical Sciences Major-Intermediate
Take one course from:4
& BI-221L
Biology of Plants
Biology of Animals
and Biology of Animals Lab
Natural History of North America
Human Anatomy & Physiology
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
and Microbiology Lab
Analytical Chemistry/Quantitative Analys
and Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis Lab
MT-256Probability and Statistics4
PH-231Algebra-Based Physics I4
or PH-241 Calculus-Based Physics 1
Biomedical Sciences Major- Advanced
CH-374CH Assessment in Effective Citizenship0
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
and Biochemistry Lab (or CH-328, CH-328L)
Take one of the following:4
Cellular Biology
and Cellular Biology Lab
Genetics Lecture
and Genetics Lab
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry 2 Lab
CH-414Chemistry Professional Portfolio0
Take 5-7 upper level elective credits from BI, CH, ENV, or MT at the 300 or 400 level, or PH-232 or PH-2425-7
Total Credits51-53