Field of Study: Biomedical Sciences, General
Biomedical sciences programs teach people to combine their studies of biology, health, and medicine. Students learn biology, and they learn how to do basic medical research.
Many people are interested in science just for science's sake. After all, no matter how much we complained about high school biology (whether it was fifteen years ago or last month), it was interesting to learn how cells divide or change and even to do those smelly dissections! The body and how it works is a fascinating topic. Many people take it one step further and study biomedicine. This allows you to not only learn how the body functions but how it can be healthy and fight disease.
In biomedical programs, you take many math and science courses. You take courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and statistics. You also take advanced biology courses, including biochemistry and cell biology. You study how the body reacts to disease and treatment. You also study ways to promote health in animals as well as people. Some programs (usually at the graduate level) offer courses in specialized areas. These include reproductive biology, pharmacology, genetics, and neuroscience.
Several four-year schools in the U.S. offer programs in biomedical science. A few community colleges offer two-year programs, where credits can be transferred to a four-year school. In addition, many colleges and universities offer graduate degrees in biomedical science. These usually take two to five years to finish after your bachelor's degree.
Most people with an undergraduate degree in biomedical science are qualified to work as lab assistants or medical technicians. Some get jobs as science or medical writers or work in food safety.