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Curriculum: Inside the Classroom

Suggested Scheduling Plan

Students in the Biomedical Science major follow a curriculum that includes general education courses, pre-med science courses, major courses, and science electives. Generally, students follow the suggested scheduling plan below; however, previous coursework and student preference can alter the schedule.









BMS Survey 

Calculus I

Chemistry I



BMS Literature II

Biology II

Organic Chemistry I



BMS Research I 

Physics II

Science Elective

Science Elective

General Education

Concepts I

Special Topics I

Science Elective

General Education

General Education


Spring Semester

BMS Literature I

Biology I

Calculus II

Chemistry II

Lab Techniques

Organic Chemistry II

Physics I

General Education


BMS Research II 

Science Elective

General Education

General Education

Concepts II 

Special Topics II

Special Topic III

Science Elective

General Education



Bolded courses are those taken only by students in the BMS major. See below for BMS course descriptions.

This is a sample curriculum; students work with the BMS program manager to develop their personal curriculum plans.


Notes and Highlights

General Education (GE) courses are required for all Ohio State students, regardless of their majors. The categories include Writing, Quantitative and Logical Skills, Natural Science, Literature, Social Science, Historical Study, Visual and Performing Arts, Social Diversity, and Global Studies.


Science Electives are upper division courses such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, etc. BMS students choose from an extensive list of science electives based on their interests and educational/career goals. Students consult with the BMS program manager to select the courses that best meet their needs.

The curriculum is designed to be
flexible so as to meet the needs of all students, regardless of which healthcare-focused graduate program they plan to pursue (e.g., biomedical research, medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, etc.).

We accept
Advanced Placement (AP) credit for most subjects, but we strongly recommend repeating science courses for which students have credit and taking them at the honors level. Many medical schools do not accept AP credit for the pre-med courses.

Although the
Biomedical Science Research courses are only listed in the junior year, all students are required to complete a two-year significant research experience. This culminates during the junior year with students working approximately 20 hours per week in their labs. Most BMS students begin working in a lab during the second semester of their freshman year or early in their sophomore year.

Summers are free for students to pursue a variety of interests: research at Ohio State or elsewhere, physician shadowing, study abroad, internships, additional coursework, etc.

Minors, particularly in non-science areas, are encouraged but not required.

Biomedical Science Course Descriptions

Biomedical Science Survey (BIOMSCI 1100)

This course is designed to orient students to the BMS major, College of Medicine, and Ohio State. The course emphasizes academic requirements, university policies, enrichment resources, career exploration, and research opportunities.​

Mastering the Biomedical Science Literature I (BIOMSCI 2891H)
This course is taught by a health sciences librarian and guest lecturers. Students are introduced to the process of searching the biomedical science literature, determining the usefulness and validity of search results, and learning how to read, analyze, and critique the literature.

Mastering the Biomedical Science Literature II (BIOMSCI 2892H)
This course introduces students to research being conducted at the Wexner Medical Center, as well as various career options in medicine and research. Students read journal articles written by Ohio State faculty and subsequently meet with the faculty to discuss details of their articles and career choices.

Biomedical Science Laboratory Techniques (BIOMSCI 2900H)
Students learn common techniques used in the laboratory environment. They gain an appreciation for why certain techniques are chosen for a given research question and how those techniques accomplish the research task. In addition to classroom instruction, they tour some of Ohio State’s core research facilities. Integrating information from the semester, students are placed in groups and assigned a research question to develop and present to the class. The course also familiarizes students with bioethics.

Biomedical Science Research Experience I and II (BIOMSCI 3891H and 3892H)
Students work on a comprehensive research project under the direction of a lab mentor. Assignments include literature searches, data collection and analysis, hypothesis development, and grant proposals. Students write a grant proposal and report on research progress with an oral presentation and a poster presentation. During the spring semester, students present their research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum (denman.osu.edu) and/or Trainee Research Day (researchday.osu.edu).

Concepts in Healthcare I and II (BIOMSCI 4200H and 4210H)
In Concepts in Healthcare I, students examine the humanistic and social aspects of healthcare, to include patient/client differences, values, and preferences, as well as the nature of the caring relationship in healthcare. Concepts in Healthcare II is a current issues course that provides an introduction to healthcare policy and medical leadership.

Special Topics in Biomedical Science I, II, and III (BIOMSCI 4810H, 4820H, and 4830H)
This three-course sequence focuses on the integration of biomedical sciences and the interface with clinical medicine. Translational research is explored using case sets and problem solving in a team-based format. Topics include Immunology and Infectious Disease, Genetics and Neurological Disease, and Cancer.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​