Biomedical Sciences

If you want a flexible major that helps prepare you for medical school or dental school—or you're thinking about a career (or graduate school) in something related to bio and medicine—you're in the right place. UB’s biomedical sciences program is for students who love biology and want to learn from experts in lots of different areas. As one of our students said, "It gives you a path to go down, but it's not overly strict." Sound interesting? Keep reading.

What will I learn?

Biology. Chemistry. Physiology. Genetics. Math. Physics. This program pulls courses from throughout UB to give you a well-rounded education. ("Exactly what I wanted out of my education here at UB," as one student said.) After you take the core courses—which are also common prerequisites for medical school and other programs—you can choose from electives in areas like forensic science, developmental psychology, and health issues in underserved communities.

This program is in UB’s medical school, which means students have access to expert faculty, state-of-the-art labs, research projects and other opportunities through UB's affiliated hospitals and clinics.

What can I do outside of class?

Many of our students get real-world experience through an internship or research, giving you an "inside look" and an "unbelievable opportunity" to explore your interests, as our students say.

  • On-campus research lets you work on a project in a lab, or you can do your own independent research in biochemistry, pharmacology or a related field—all with the support of a faculty mentor.
  • Many students choose to do an internship at a lab, hospital, public health agency or other organization (on-campus or off-campus).

You can also make friends, build your network and meet speakers by joining student clubs and attending events on campus throughout the year.

Student Clubs

What can I do with a biomedical sciences degree?

Because this is such a broad, holistic degree, you'll have plenty of choices for what comes next.

Many students go on to medical school, dental school, veterinary school or other professional health programs—or to graduate school for something related to biology, health or medicine.

There are various careers available to you; some might require additional training/certification. 

  • Biological scientist.
  • Dental assistant.
  • Genetic counselor.
  • Health information technologist.
  • Health practitioner.
  • Health science manager.
  • Health writer/editor.
  • Life science teacher.
  • Medical assistant.
  • Physician assistant.
  • Research scientist.
  • Research technician.
  • Science technician.
  • Toxicologist.

Who will I learn from?

Ask our students and they'll tell you our faculty members are here to prepare you for success. 

"I’ve had a lot of encouragement from professors."

"Being able to be here with the professors that also teach dental school courses is a huge advantage."

"They don’t allow you to slack off because they want the best for you ... they know that you are going into a professional field after undergraduate education."

As a biomedical sciences major, you’ll typically learn from faculty throughout UB’s medical school, dental school and other areas across the university. Here, you’ll find faculty who are world-renowned researchers, practicing physicians, recognized leaders in their field, exceptional mentors and, of course, award-winning teachers.