Biomedical Sciences Major

Learn by doing and prepare for a career anywhere in the medical field.

In this flexible program, switch seamlessly between your interests within Pre-Health. All classes in this major are lab courses, giving you hands-on experience through research opportunities and practicum. This major should also meet all the prerequisites for most pre-health graduate programs.

Integrated Experiences

This program's coursework and integrated experiences let you explore your interests out in the field. Enroll in the pre-health practicum and live with an alum and shadow them at work. Or opt for the free EMT basics training through the fire department and volunteer your time on ambulance calls. Lastly, experience clinical medicine by being in the room with patients and helping with diagnoses as part of your coursework.

Collaborative Research

At least one semester of collaborative research is required for all students. Work one-on-one with a faculty member to design, conduct, analyze, and present your findings. Research often results in poster presentations or published, first-authored, peer-reviewed journal articles. Additional research opportunities include paid summer research at Houghton or taking on an Honors Project.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s major in Biomedical Science, you will gain hands on experience in the health and medical fields as you:

  • Participate in labs and hands-on experiments
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects
  • Prepare for pre-health graduate programs (Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Nursing, Pre-PA, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy)
  • Shadow local practitioners
  • Enroll in our pre-health practicum
  • Receive EMT training through the local fire department

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective and General Education

Degree Requirements

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Personalized Mentorship

In the Biomedical Sciences program you’ll have small classes, allowing you to work one on one with your professor. Professors are excited to work with you, helping you develop critical thinking and content mastery. Mentoring and advising isn’t one-size-fits-all. Professors make specific suggestions and offer advice based on your background, experience, interests, location, and sense of calling. All these factors paint an intricate picture of you as an individual so they can help you see the best way forward. This includes required course work in professional development, training and feedback on written and oral communication, and personalized course selection.

Hands-On Experience

Labs, research opportunities, and practicums provide field experience to prepare you for work or post graduate studies. Take lab classes in a range of disciplines to get hands-on experience. Participate in guided dissections, solve open-ended research problems, and practice and apply critical medical and molecular techniques. Gain experience with the latest in biomedical techniques including CRISPR, ELISA, and Western Blotting. This emphasis on experiential learning will increase your competitiveness in graduate school applications. Other unique experiences may include EMT Basic certification, clinical shadowing hours, and in-home living experiences with a medical practitioner.

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Christian Worldview

Learn about the medical field with a Christian focus. Faculty keep their faith at the center of their teaching and studies. You can expect that professors will pray for you and care for your spiritual life. They will help you grow through powerful and challenging Biblical discussions related to issues in medicine and health sciences. How does the Christian perspective on the sanctity of life affect our view of end-of-life care and gene editing? How can we be more Christ-like in our approach to healing and treatment? How do we respond when the Christian worldview conflicts with a secular approach to intervention?

Plan Ahead For Your Postgraduate Studies

Houghton University has a collaborative agreement with D'Youville University and Messiah University for a select group of students to gain entry into their programs upon graduation from Houghton.

  • D'Youville: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (4+3)
  • Messiah: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (4+3) and Master in Athletic Training (4+2)
Learn more about these special admission agreements

Program Outcomes

Students earning a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Houghton University are prepared for careers in many areas of the medical field, including but not limited to:

Employment Expected to Grow 30%

for Epidemiologists
U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsSource

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
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