7091
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 7091 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Biomedical Science (Premedical) is designed for students interested in pursuing careers related to understanding and treating disease. Biomedical science prepares students for careers in the medical health professions, including physician, dentist, veterinarian, physician assistant, pharmacist and others, as well as careers researching the molecular causes of and treatments for aging, cancer, immune diseases and other diseases disrupting human physiology.

Coursework emphasizes the development of skills and knowledge at the intersection of physiology, molecular genetics and biochemistry, with research opportunities available to undergraduates in these areas. Related research opportunities include aging, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, antimicrobial development and other areas. The foundation provided by the program prepares students for the MCAT, VCAT, DAT, PCAT and subject GRE. A dedicated premedical advisor is available to direct students interested in pursuing medically-related graduate or professional degrees. Students graduating from the biomedical science major have an excellent acceptance rate into medical, professional and graduate-research programs. The degree is eligible for the fast track program, allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in biotechnology in five years.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to a major in the Department of Biological Sciences are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students considering transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the Department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for undergraduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Biolmedical Science must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.

  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.

    Prerequisite:

    CSE 1400  or MTH 1000  or MTH 1001  or MTH 1002 or MTH 1010 or MTH 1020 or MTH 1603  or MTH 1701  or MTH 1702  or MTH 2001  or MTH 2051  or MTH 2201  or MTH 1011 , MTH 1012 

  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3

    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 0100 or COM 0110 or WRI 0100 or WRI 0110 

    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1

    Assists new incoming students during their initial academic and social transitions to the university. Aims to promote student success by providing information about campus and academic resources, and encouraging participation in the classroom and in the campus community.

  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    or MTH 1010 Mathematical Analysis 1 
    Credit Hours: 4

    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1000, MTH 1012

    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.

  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Continues CHM 1101. Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1101, MTH 1011 or MTH 1701 or MTH 1000 or MTH 1001 or MTH 1010 

  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3

    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1001 or COM 1101 

  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    or MTH 1020 Mathematical Analysis 2 
    Credit Hours: 4

    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1001 or MTH 1010 

Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4

    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 1010

  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1102

  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2

    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2001

  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1001 or MTH 1010, MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1

    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in PHY 1001, to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001

Spring (17 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 4

    Experimental design and hypothesis testing in the biological sciences, and the analysis of biological data using descriptive statistics and applying parametric and non-parametric tests. Computer applications include statistical packages, spreadsheets, graphics preparation and word processing in the development of reports on modules of field-, clinic- and lab-based studies.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 1020

  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2001

  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2

    Continues CHM 2011. Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2002, CHM 2011

  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001

  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1

    Continues PHY 2091. Includes experiments pertaining to PHY 2002.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 2091, PHY 2002

  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 3201 Anatomy and Physiology 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Explores the structure and function of human body systems. Examines cells, tissues, and systems used for movement and communication (integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine). Includes lab with appropriate experiments and critical thinking exercises. First in a two-course sequence.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 1010, BIO 1020 or BIO 2801 or MTH 2401 or PSY 2512 or PSY 3012   

  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Introduces the structure and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes lectures and labs involving intermediary metabolism, properties of enzymes, bioenergetics including oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2002

  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3

    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring 15 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 3202 Anatomy and Physiology 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Explores the structure and function of human body systems used for the transport of nutrients and system maintenance. Covers the examination of circulatory, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Includes lab with appropriate experiments and critical thinking exercises. Second in a two-course sequence.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 3201 

  • BIO 4110 Biochemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Lectures and labs involving the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and nitrogenous compounds including amino acids, proteins and nucleic acids. Discusses in detail the regulation of metabolism, biosynthesis of macromolecules and control of gene expression.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 4010

  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (BIO, BME, CHM, PHY) Credit Hours: 4
Senior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 4301 Cell Biology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Emphasizes the interdependence of three systems: a membrane-cytoskeletal system, a system that directs genetic information into synthesis of cell constituents; and a system integrated into membranes that converts energy, supplied to cells as nutrients or light, into cell function and cell synthesis.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 1010, CHM 2001

  • BIO 4305 Molecular Basis of Human Disease
    Credit Hours: 3

    Focuses on understanding how the molecular mechanisms used to regulate basic cellular processes are disrupted in human diseases. Emphasizes the use of genomics in identifying the causes of diseases, and stresses strategies for translating basic knowledge about cellular processes into new therapies.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 2110, BIO 4010  

  • Restricted Electives (BIO, BME, CHM, PHY) Credit Hours: 7
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
  • BIO 4201 Immunology
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers basic immunology and the fundamental principles relating to clinical immunology. Studies the two functional divisions of the immune system, the innate and the adaptive immune systems, along with the cells and the soluble factors responsible for the immune response.

    Prerequisite:

    BIO 4010

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Q) (BIO, BME, CHM, PHY) Credit Hours: 4
  • Restricted Electives (BIO, BME, CHM, PHY, PSY 2442, PSY 3423, PSY 4521) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 128
Humanities Core Courses