Biomedical Science Program

Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Biomedical Science program offers a pathway to a career in health care or a foundation for graduate school.

The Biomedical Science degree carefully prepares students for careers in health care such as nursing, medical, dental, optometry, public health, pharmacy, pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Graduates interested in furthering their education will develop the skills and knowledge to be successful advanced degrees in biology, chemistry or biochemistry.

Biomedical Science faculty are committed to excellence in learning and teaching, service to the community, research and scholarship, and student involvement and support. We nurture relationships with our community partners and instill an attitude of lifelong learning for excellence in healthcare and for improved quality of life for those who serve.


  • Advance your scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills
  • Hone your research skills and problem-solving ability
  • Develop specific expertise in areas of sample preparation, data analysis, scientific calculations and more
  • Sharpen your communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Solidify your awareness of the relevance of biological and chemical knowledge to human health and welfare

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Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:

  • a research scientist for petroleum based companies.
  • a research scientist for pharmaceutical and Biotech company.
  • a forensic scientist.
  • a research scientist for a cosmetic company.
  • a pharmaceutical sales representative.
  • a medical science liaison.
  • a scientific editor/journalist.

In addition, Biomedical Science prepares students for graduate school, medical school, physical therapy school, occupational therapy school, nursing school, pharmacy school, veterinary medical school, and dental school.



Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Medical Lab Science, Life Science, Forensic Science and Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science

Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS

Program Director, Kinesiology

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Objectives and requirements

128 credit hours
Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
  • Students will demonstrate substantial and up-to-date core knowledge of broad areas in basic biomedical, translational, or clinical research.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately and critically evaluate their own scientific work and the work of others.
Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
  • Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in biomedical research.
  • Students can design, carry out, and interpret research projects that generate new knowledge that advances the biomedical sciences and human health.
Specific Expertise:
  • Students can articulate the significance of their own work to their chosen research area in both historical and forward-looking contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of a range of technical and conceptual approaches used in their selected research area.
  • Students will demonstrate the oral, written and media communication skills required to be effective communicants, teachers and mentors of peers, future scientists and scientifically literate citizens.
Ethics and Advocacy:
  • Students will apply highest standards of ethics to their research (data management, research subjects, stewardship of research funds)
  • Students will improve their confidence and interactions with colleagues and the public.
  • Students will be able to advocate for the role of science in medicine and society
Career Preparation:
  • Students can articulate an appropriate set of desired potential career paths, and are aware of the preparation and initiative required to pursue these paths

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

38 credit hours in General Education
Student must take BIOL 115 with the lab, PHIL 200, SOCL 210, PSY 100, and MATH 104.

7 credit hours in Introductory courses
MATH 171, Principles of Statistics as the required Math choice
CHEM 200, General and Analytical Chemistry with lab, as the required Science choice

48 credit hours in Mid-Level Requirements
BIOL 205 Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem (3 credits)
BIOL 205L Plants, Animals and the Ecosystem Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 215 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
BIOL 300 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture (3 credits)
BIOL 300L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture (3 credits)
BIOL 305L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 143 Nutrition Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 143L Nutrition Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 205 General and Analytical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 205L General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
MATH 230 Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 231 Calculus II (4 credits)
PHYS 300 Physics I Lecture (3 credits)
PHYS 300L Physics I Lab (1 credit)
PHYS 305 Physics II Lecture (3 credits)
PHYS 305L Physics II Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 372 Biomedical Health Research Literacy I (3 credits)
BIOL 373 Biomedical Health Research Literacy II (3 credits)


35 credit hours in Upper Level Requirements
BIOL 230 Microbiology Lecture (3 credits)
BIOL 230L Microbiology Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 315 Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lecture (3 credits)
BIOL 315L Mendelian and Molecular Genetics Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 360 Principles of Immunology (3 credits)
CHEM 320 Biochemistry Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 320L Biochemistry Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 445 Physical Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 445L Physical Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 446L Physical Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 430 Instrumental Analysis Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 430L Instrumental Analysis Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 310 Organic Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 310L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry II Lecture (3 credits)
CHEM 311L Organic Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)

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