Biomedical Science

Are you fascinated by the study of life? Alverno’s biomedical science major can put you on the fast track to an exciting career in medicine or biomedical research. Our unique major combines biology, chemistry and mathematics coursework required for graduate, medical and other professional health schools in a flexible and efficient four-year program.

Wherever your biomedical science degree takes you, you’ll be ready to use your advanced lab, problem-solving and analysis skills to make a difference.

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In the classroom

Alverno’s STEM majors aren’t isolated in their own departments the way they are at many colleges. You’ll thrive in our small classes led by dedicated faculty mentors who have deep experience in biology, chemistry and math. You'll get to know your professors, who will personally guide you through coursework and help you select the right classes, internships, research experiences and other opportunities to reach your career goals.

You will engage in both individual and group labs, gaining a hands-on understanding of the challenges and excitement of the scientific process. You'll advance to asking more in-depth questions, constructing and evaluating models and refining skills through self-assessment, ultimately preparing you for advanced work where you take charge of your learning, make strategic decisions in projects and develop a personal code of scientific ethics for your future.

If you plan to go to medical school or another professional health school, Alverno’s pre-health program offers seminars, personalized advising, peer support and other resources to help make you a competitive candidate. The biomedical emphasis in this major will also help prepare you for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other work in the health field.

Beyond the classroom

Outside of class, you might work as a paid lab assistant or tutor or help mentor and inspire young women and middle or high school girls to explore STEM. You may also participate in faculty-student research. You can also join Pre-Professional Women of Alverno or other student organizations to practice your leadership skills and connect with classmates who share your interests.

You’ll intern for at least one semester, giving you a valuable opportunity to build your resume while getting hands-on experience. Alverno’s Career Studio, which is connected to more than 2,000 partner sites, can help you find the right internship for you.

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Abigail, biomedical science major

I liked that I got to essentially combine the biology major and the chemistry major. This major is ideal for any student who is interested in going to a professional school or even just interested in the sciences, because you get the best of both worlds.

Biomedical Science + The Alverno Difference

We create women leaders who are ready to succeed and shatter ceilings in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields. At Alverno, you’ll find an empowering, supportive environment that helps you achieve your best.

Instead of letter grades, we focus on your personal development and real-world skills — equipping you with the crucial communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills you need to thrive as a scientist. Our learning approach is centered around the 8 Abilities, which will set you apart from the crowd.

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