Students in the Biomedical Sciences major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all requirements. Students choose from one of the following seven areas or submajors:

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cytotechnology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Diagnostic Imaging (degree completion program)
  • Health Science (degree completion program)
  • Public Health Microbiology

All students will be required to comply with a background check, drug screen, and maintain health insurance during the professional training experience.

Biomedical Science

Students in the Biomedical Sciences major are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of all requirements. This submajor provides excellent preparation for medical, physician assistant, dental, or veterinary school, biomedical research, forensic science, or employment with pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.


This program is intended for students who wish to pursue an education in a laboratory-based program with the intent of working in the healthcare industry or for pursuing graduate health profession study. Sufficient elective credits are included to facilitate custom degree pathways. The minimum number of credits required to complete this degree is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, or chemistry may need additional credits. This program does not lead to certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

The minimum degree requirement for completion is 120 credits including:

  1. Completion of UWM's General Education Requirements (GER);
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.5;
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 in specific, required science courses;
  4. Completion of all required courses and electives (87 credits) through the second semester of junior year (per plan of study);
  5. A grade of C or better in all junior-level courses.

Biomedical Science Submajor Requirements

CHS 100New Student Seminar in Health Professions1
BIO SCI 202Anatomy and Physiology I 14
CHEM 102General Chemistry (Semester 2) 15
BIO SCI 203Anatomy and Physiology II 14
CHEM 104General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 15
HS 224Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals3
THERREC 103Life Balance: An Understanding of Leisure (or equivalent) 23
BIO SCI 150Foundations of Biological Sciences I 14
BMS 301Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals 11
BMS 302Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I 11
BMS 303Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II 11
CHEM 341Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry 13
CHEM 342Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory 12
COMSDIS 250Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences (or equivalent)3
BIO SCI 325Genetics 14
BMS 304Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III 11
BMS 305Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV 11
BMS 245Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (or equivalent) 43
ENGLISH 207Health Science Writing (or equivalent)3
BIO SCI 383General Microbiology 14
BMS 427Clinical Immunology 13
BMS 428Clinical Immunology Laboratory 11
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry ((1))3
BMS 420Clinical Hematology3
BMS 421Introduction To Hematology Laboratory1
BMS 431Clinical Chemistry3
BMS 432Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Theory & Operations1
BMS 534Medical Microbiology3
BMS 535Medical Microbiology Laboratory2
BMS 560Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory1
BMS 523Lectures in Advanced Clinical Hematology1
BMS 547Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis5
BMS 555Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring1
BMS 610Pharmacology3
BMS 531Advanced Lectures in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences1
BMS 549Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3
or BMS 434 Professional Development in the Health Sciences
Additional Electives and GER Competencies24
KIN 270Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice3
Total Credits120

BMS 101 and BMS 205 are recommended, but not required.

Suggested Elective Certificates

(Please consult advising regarding certificate requirements):

Molecular Diagnostics Certificate 

BIO SCI 325Genetics *4
BMS 539Public Health Microbiology2
BMS 540Public Health Microbiology Lab2
CHEM 501Introduction to Biochemistry *3
BMS 560Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics *2
BMS 561Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory *1
BMS 549Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences *3
BMS 534Medical Microbiology *3
BMS 535Medical Microbiology Laboratory *2

Health Care Informatics Certificate (available online)

HS 222Language of Medicine3
HS 224Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals *3
INFOST 315Knowledge Organization for Information Science and Technology3
HCA 537Health Information Technology and Management3
HCA 541Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design3
INFOST 465Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services3

Health Care Administration Minor (available online)

HS 102Healthcare Delivery in the United States3
HCA 220Leading Healthcare Professionals3
HS 311Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals3
HCA 333Health Organizations Professional Practice Standards2
HCA 537Health Information Technology and Management3
HCA 422Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3

*Included in the required curriculum.

Biomedical Science Submajor Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Credits
CHS 100 New Student Seminar in Health Professions 1
BIO SCI 202 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 1 5
Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences (recommended, not required)  
Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine (recommended, not required)  
Arts GER 3
Semester 2
BIO SCI 203 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 1 5
HS 224 Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals 3
THERREC 103 Life Balance: An Understanding of Leisure (or equivalent) 3
Year 2
Semester 1
BIO SCI 150 Foundations of Biological Sciences I 1 4
BMS 301 Human Pathophysiology: Fundamentals 1
BMS 302 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems I 1 1
BMS 303 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems II 1 1
CHEM 341 Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHEM 342 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 2
COMSDIS 250 Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences (or equivalent) 5 3
Semester 2
BIO SCI 325 Genetics 4
BMS 245 Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (or equivalent) 3
BMS 304 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems III 1 1
BMS 305 Human Pathophysiology: Organ Systems IV 1 1
ENGLISH 207 Health Science Writing (or equivalent) 3
KIN 270 Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and Practice 3
Year 3
Semester 1
BIO SCI 383 General Microbiology 1 4
BMS 427 Clinical Immunology 1 3
BMS 428 Clinical Immunology Laboratory 1 1
CHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry 1 3
Humanities GER 3
Semester 2
BMS 420 Clinical Hematology 3
BMS 421 Introduction To Hematology Laboratory 1
BMS 431 Clinical Chemistry 3
BMS 432 Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Theory & Operations 1
BMS 534 Medical Microbiology 3
BMS 535 Medical Microbiology Laboratory 2
BMS 560 Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics 2
BMS 561 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory 1
Year 4
Semester 1
BMS 523 Lectures in Advanced Clinical Hematology 1
BMS 547 Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 5
BMS 555 Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 1
BMS 610 Pharmacology 3
Electives 6
Semester 2
BMS 531 Advanced Lectures in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences 1
BMS 549
Professional Development in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
or Professional Development in the Health Sciences
Electives 12
 Total Credits120

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major are granted to students who earn a GPA of 3.500 or above on a minimum of 30 completed credits at UWM following advancement to a Health Sciences major.

Honors in the College of Health Sciences

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.