Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science


What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Sciences include any course of scientific study related to biology as it affects health care.  A bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences will prepare you for a broad spectrum of careers in health care, or for admission to advanced health sciences or professional health care degree programs.


Why Earn a Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Texas Southern University?

Earning your BS in Biomedical Sciences degree from Texas Southern University will give you the opportunity to learn from and work alongside first-class faculty as they investigate the nation's most medical challenges. You will have the opportunity to explore chronic issues such as cancer, diabetes, mental health disorders, and emerging infectious diseases. You will engage in mentored research and clinical experiences with leading investigators in pharmacology, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, public health, preventive medicine, and behavioral health. At TSU you will play an active part in developing breakthrough therapies for diseases that have had lasting impacts on underserved communities.


How to Use Your Biomedical Science Degree

The BS in Biomedical Sciences can be your pathway to working in several fields: education, research, sales, or medical practice.  You can also use this degree to pursue graduate study in the advanced health professions to become a physician's assistant, medical doctor, podiatrist,  or physical therapist.  The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at TSU is also the pathway to TSU's world-class entry-level Pharm.D. program.  


Program Description

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biomedical Sciences is a four-year degree program that will produce a pathway for underrepresented biomedical scientists to serve as healthcare scientists or pursue graduate studies in Biomedical or Health Sciences.  The foundation of the BS in Biomedical Sciences is the basic sciences; at the beginning of the program, you will take courses such as microbiology, physiology, chemistry, and anatomy. Then take your education to the next step with additional courses in biomedical research, genetics, health disparities, biopharmaceutics, and biochemistry.

Upon completion of this degree program, graduates will achieve the following educational objectives:

  • Have an understanding of fundamental concepts in the core areas of anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, and medical calculations
  • Develop effective verbal and written medical communication skills
  • Understand the impact of health disparities on the delivery of health care
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to health care issues, in particular, in the detection, treatment and prevention of disease
  • Understand the contribution of biomedical science disciplines to health care
  • Understand fundamental research methods in biomedical research

A Degree Designed with You in Mind

This program offers a tailored pathway for students that desire to earn a bachelor's degree to advance in their current field of health care practice or explore advanced health professions. Whether your career began in an Associate of Applied Science program, military service, or with a professional certification the credits and training will be evaluated to determine the number of college credits that can be applied to the degree.

Associates of Applied Sciences/Prior Learning Coursework Pathway
Degree Requirement Group
Hours Degree Requirement Group
42 Texas General Education Core
40 Biomedical Sciences Major Required Courses
0-38 Occupational Specialization Courses

The major in Biomedical Sciences has 4 different concentration options health administration, general, pharmaceutical sciences, and Advanced Health Professions.

General - The general concentration allows students to study a broad spectrum of biomedical sciences based on their personal interests and career goals.  This concentration allows the greatest flexibility for transfer and application of prior learning or technical education (AAS) credits.

Health Administration - The health administration concentration gives you the opportunity to explore biomedical sciences and the administration of health care.  Students will take courses across both disciplines to develop a wealth of knowledge that prepares them to enter administrative roles.

Pharmaceutical Sciences - The pharmaceutical sciences concentration is designed for students that would like to work in the pharmaceutics industry or pursue graduate studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Pre-Pharmacy - This concentration is for students who wish to pursue a career in one of the AHP fields (pharmacy, physical therapy, physician's assistant, nursing, etc.), by exposing students to the required courses for most of these programs.  Program advisors will discuss your career aspirations and tailor your degree plan to your desired path.  This concentration is also the pathway to the entry-level Pharm.D. degree at TSU.  


Pharmacists play a key role in balancing complex combinations of medications with a patient’s allergies and tolerance. A pharmacist ensures that medications provide healing instead of harm from being administered incorrectly.  TSU's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a course of study, leading to a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

The pre-pharmacy courses provide a knowledge base and the ability to use critical thought processes in the biological and physical sciences.

The four years of the professional program incorporate a solid foundation of pharmaceutical science courses as well as a comprehensive sequence of therapeutics and professional practice courses. Students earn a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences after successful completion of the first two years of the professional program. The application of drug knowledge, basic science, and critical thinking to resolve problems of drug distribution and patient care are emphasized throughout the curriculum. In their first three years of the program, students gain initial practice experience through introductory pharmacy practice experiences in settings such as community and hospital pharmacies.

In the final year of the program, students have an opportunity to apply knowledge and pharmacy care principles to pharmacy practice situations in a series of advanced pharmacy practice experiences in a variety of patient care settings which include patient care areas of hospitals, nursing homes, community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, Indian Health Service facilities, and clinic pharmacies.


COPHS Office of Student Services
General Questions:

Ms. Karen Stewart, M.S., M.Ed.
Program Director
Gray Hall, RM. 205
(713) 313-7509

Ya Fatou Njie Mbye, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Gray Hall, RM. 124
(713) 313-7429