Biomedical Sciences, Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences will provide an interdisciplinary academic program of study that will foster competencies in areas related to biomedical sciences as well as core competencies in the liberal arts and sciences. The program will offer two tracks of study: administrative science and basic science. Since the healthcare industry contains a wide range of professions, the administrative track will prepare graduates to identify and address administrative, management, and policy issues within the healthcare industry. The basic science track will prepare graduates for further education and training in clinical practices and advanced scientific research within the health sciences.
Biomedical Sciences has been defined by the National Institute of Medicine and the Department of Health and Human Services as, “an applied science that deals with human and animal health, including the study, research and knowledge of health and the application of that knowledge to improve health, cure diseases, and increase our understanding of how humans and animals function.” Through the study of biomedical sciences, biomedical research is attributed with improving the overall life expectancy in the United States, launching the biotechnology industry, and changing the way pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs and treatments. (National Institutes of Medicine. “Biomedical Workforce Working Group Report.” June 2012. Accessed August 6, 2014.)
The National Institutes of Health have been an in integral part of training biomedical researchers since the 1930s. In 2002, Congress required the regular assessment of the needs of research personnel, the fields of training, and the kinds and intent of such training. However, after a study was completed in 2011, which predicted substantial growth in scientific employment over the next decade, the advisory committee to the director found no such growth. Rather, the number of positions available is fewer then the number of graduates produced every year. “Graduate training continues to be aimed almost exclusively at preparing people for academic research positions. Therefore, the working group believes that graduate programs must accommodate a great range of anticipated careers for students.” Although the report focuses on graduate training and beyond, the following recommendations were made (which will be addressed by the Biomedical Sciences program at St. John’s University):
- Broaden or deepen undergraduate training
- Increase diversity and overall attractiveness of biomedical science and research
In addition, rather than focus solely on graduate research and academic training, the Biomedical Sciences program emphasizes preparation for the healthcare professions, a sector with high demand and significant employment growth.
The Biomedical Sciences program has been carefully constructed to give students fundamental skills, along with a broad understanding of physical, chemical, biological, and biomedical sciences. The program also provides a comprehensive program of biomedical sciences that has traditionally been deemed appropriate for advanced biomedical and/or healthcare professionals and practitioners.
The program has been designed to meet the following objectives:
- Development of critical thinkers with proficiency in scientific methods who are capable of meeting the evolving needs of the biomedical field;
- Preparation of students for entry into medical and/or dental schools, other healthcare-related professional degree programs, as well as graduate programs (M.S. and/or Ph.D.) in biomedical/pharmaceutical sciences;
- Provision of analytical skills and laboratory techniques routinely applied in biomedical and pharmaceutical research;
- Development of students’ written and verbal communication skills, which will enable them to formulate concise and accurate reports and to communicate with the scientific community;
- Development of biomedical professionals who practice within a legal and ethical framework.
The program has been designed to meet the following competencies:
- Scientific competencies:
Graduates will demonstrate competencies related to the knowledge and application of modern biomedical science, along with a general competency in the basic sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Graduates will demonstrate scientific literacy of contemporary biomedical sciences and of future scientific developments. Graduates will have competency in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of scientific data, particularly in fields related to modern biomedical sciences such as physiology, pathology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and pharmaceutics. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical sciences. Graduates will be literate in scientific method and demonstrate the ability to formulate hypothesis-driven research questions and the design and implementation of empirical data collection methods for hypothesis testing, with special focus toward modern questions in biomedical sciences. Graduates will be competent in the implementation of modern laboratory techniques related to biomedical sciences.
- Professional methodological competencies:
Graduates will have acquired the necessary skill set to combine and apply professional skills and knowledge to current biomedical analysis methods and techniques, utilizing knowledge from the relevant scientific disciplines. Upon completion of their education, graduates have developed ethical attitudes which will govern their actions and activities in a biomedical science field in the context of society.
- Social- and self-competencies:
Graduates will have acquired communication skills, critical thinking skills, time management skills, along with a personal sense of self-determination, teamwork, and professional and ethical attitudes toward the practice and application of biomedical sciences. Graduates will demonstrate an awareness of the social impact of modern biomedical sciences and demonstrate consideration of the ethical implications of modern scientific discovery.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences will provide an interdisciplinary academic program of study that will foster competencies in areas related to biomedical sciences as well as core competencies in the liberal arts and sciences. The curriculum in both liberal arts and biomedical sciences aims to enrich lives and serves to unify the undergraduate experience.
The program design will develop students into versatile graduates who can contribute to a complex global modern society underscored with the Catholic and Vincentian values learned during their course of study at St. John’s University. Specifically, this program will prepare students for entry into, but not limited to, graduate and professional programs in medicine, dental, veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, psychiatry, sports medicine, nutrition, and many more.
The Biomedical Sciences program is designed to provide background and preparation for entry into graduate and professional healthcare programs such as medical, pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, physician assistant, public health, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other advanced degree programs such as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs. The students will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist and inform the students of the requirements for admission to these advanced programs and to ensure that the students understand all the minimum admission requirements, excluding any specialized exams such as the MCAT, PCAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. The Biomedical Sciences program does not guarantee admittance into these graduate and professional programs.
The completion of this Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program and curriculum does not lead to any licensed professions.
Students in the Biomedical Sciences program at St. John's benefit from outstanding academic, technological, and pre-professional resources.
St. Albert Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on the Queens campus, features recently renovated, ultramodern science labs. Students have full access to St. John's 40,000-square-foot Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center. The center features modern classrooms and laboratories as well as a library of more than 700 books on topics ranging from accreditation standards to world health, anatomy to pharmaceutics. The Center also provides outstanding placement opportunities, symposiums, and seminars.
Biomedical Sciences students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, including
- American College of Healthcare Executives (Student ACHE)
- Omicron Delta Kappa: Honor society recognizing leadership
- Watson Pre-Health Honor Society
- Kappa Psi Fraternity
- Lambda Kappa Sigma, Alpha Pi Chapter
- Phi Delta Chi (PDC)
- Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS)
- The Rho Chi Society
- Tau Omega Chi
- View an full list of College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences organizations.
View a full list of St. John’s University student organizations.
Of course, Biomedical Sciences students also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy.
Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories, and our library, which houses 1.7 million volumes. Our D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and student center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café, and full-service food court.
Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center advisors have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses such as Discover New York.