Biomedical Science - BAS Specialization
If you have a strong background in biology and are aiming for a medical career or planning to pursue an advanced degree program that involves working directly with patients, EFSC's Biomedical Science BAS Track is the ideal choice for you.
This program is designed to build upon your existing knowledge and enhance important skills, such as communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and research. It also covers leadership theories that will be valuable in your future profession.
Through advanced science courses in areas like biology, biochemistry, emerging and infectious diseases, and cell biology, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how human and animal bodies respond to diseases — as well as how to maintain and promote good health.
Many graduates of this specialization have successfully gone on to medical school or pursued master's programs focused on medical research.
Biomedical Science is one of the six specializations available under EFSC's Applied Health Sciences Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program. You must chose one track and can earn the degree once.
Biomedical Science BAS Track - Course Curriculum
In this program, you'll have the opportunity to explore and analyze biological processes at various organizational levels, develop skills in writing technical biological and biomedical papers, understand key concepts in biology, apply laboratory skills to support biomedical systems, evaluate historical developments and research, analyze data and scientific literature, and apply scientific methods in both laboratory and field-based inquiry.
Biomedical Science - BAS Specialization
- Degree Type
- Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
- Delivery Method
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Health Sciences
- Contact Information
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Additionally, you'll gain awareness of professional, ethical, and global issues in a diverse society.
Since the Biomedical Science Specialization involves hands-on science courses, most of the classes are offered on campus. However, there may be a few select classes that are available in a hybrid format, combining both in-person and online coursework.
Biomedical Science BAS Track - Admissions Information
If you're interested in the Biomedical Science program, the admissions process follows EFSC's general steps for enrolling in a bachelor's degree. It's important to be aware of upcoming deadlines to apply. The program accepts students in the Spring, Summer, and Fall Terms.
To be eligible for the Biomedical Science Specialization, you should have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college. Please note that an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree does not meet the minimum eligibility requirements. If you hold an AAS degree and are interested in transferring into a BAS program, please consult with a bachelor advisor to review your coursework and determine your best options.
Before entering the program, we recommend having completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: General Chemistry 1 and 2 with Lab (CHML 1045 and 1046), Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with Lab (CHML 2010 and 2011), and General Biology 1 and 2 (BSCC 1010 and 1011).
While these courses aren't mandatory prerequisites for admission, completing them beforehand can make your transition into higher-level classes smoother and help you progress through the degree more quickly. We recommended staying in touch with a bachelor advisor for guidance on your career and course pathways.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
As a Florida resident, you can take advantage of EFSC's reasonable in-state tuition for this program. The two years of courses can be completed for approximately $7,200 in base tuition; however, please keep in mind that this doesn't include the cost of course materials or lab fees, which are additional expenses.
Since you will have an associate degree and have 60 transfer credits, you'll need to complete an additional 60 credit-hours for the program. Among those credits, around 39 will be for upper-level courses based on the tuition fee schedule.
To help with the costs of the Biomedical Science BAS Specialization program, you may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Be sure to apply for Federal aid, Titan Scholarships provided by the EFSC Foundation, as well as community-based external scholarships to assist in paying for your education.
Biomedical Science Courses You Would Take
The curriculum for the Biomedical Science Track consists of courses that are shared across all six specializations of the Applied Health Sciences degree. Along with these common courses, there are specific required and elective classes that are designed specifically for this specialization.
It's important to keep in mind that the availability of bachelor-level classes can fill up quickly. Therefore, it's essential to plan and register for your courses in a timely manner. This will ensure that you secure the desired classes delivered in your preferred method.
Here are a few examples of the courses you'll be taking:
Discuss the fundamental mechanisms of the immune system, with applications in basic research medicine, public health mechanisms, and immune response regulation.
Learn the fundamental properties of inheritance in eukaryotic organisms, emphasizing examples in human beings.
Gain knowledge of epidemiology-related concepts in the healthcare system through case studies on various diseases, mental disorders, and accidents.
Explore persistent administrative and policy problems, their resolution, and future avoidance strategies from an interdisciplinary approach.
Why Study Biomedical Science at EFSC?
A Direct Pathway to Medical School
As a Biomedical Science graduate, you'll have the opportunity to continue your education through a post-graduate program. One option available is the partnership between Eastern Florida and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).
Lake Erie offers an Early Acceptance Program specifically for EFSC Biomedical Science BAS Track students interested in pursuing graduate studies at their College of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, or School of Dental Medicine.
The $10,000 Bachelor's Degree Program
This specific BAS track, like all other specializations in the Applied Health Sciences BAS program, is eligible for the $10,000 Bachelor's Degree Program. This program is designed to assist students in managing their costs by planning their bachelor's degree pathway while simultaneously starting their associate degree program.
If you're interested in this option, discuss it with a bachelor advisor before you begin your associate program to explore the program's benefits and requirements.
Related Academic Program Options
As you consider your specialization choice, take the time to explore the other options available within the Applied Health Sciences BAS degree program. Additionally, you may want to look into EFSC's Associate in Arts degree, which would allow a focus on biology courses to help prepare you for the Biomedical Specialization.