Balancing strong preparation in the life sciences with an intensive year of pre-clinical education, the medical studies major provides you with nationally normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education or other medically based programs.
Medical Studies, B.S.
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Take the next step toward completing your Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Learning Outside the Classroom
In addition to extensive laboratory experiences through biology, chemistry and physics courses, there are many opportunities for you to learn and develop skills outside of the classroom.
You may choose to participate in practicum experiences in a wide array of medical and healthcare settings. Work-study opportunities are also available on campus, through which you can serve as a lab and/or faculty assistant.
The College Natural Sciences and Mathmatics hosts the Steelman Lecture Series through which renowned scientists and scientific writers are invited to speak to the campus and surrounding community.
Career and graduates school nights are also held annually. These events feature former students and respected professionals in the field who speak with current students, offering information and guidance about various career options.
With a bachelor's degree in medical studies from LR, you will be qualified to pursue a variety of graduate programs in medicine in addition to physician assistant programs.
These would include medical technology, physical therapy and other graduate programs in biology.
Balancing strong preparation in the life sciences with an intensive year of pre-clinical education, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies (BSMS) provides students with nationally-normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education or other medically based programs.
Students majoring in Medical Studies judged qualified by the faculty may, upon invitation, pursue honors work in Biology. To graduate "With Honors in Biology," students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum major GPA of 3.2. They must complete BIO 390 and BIO 391 in the junior year and Biology 490 and 491 in the senior year with a minimum grade of "B" in each course. In addition, they must present the research at a seminar before the Biology faculty. BIO 390, BIO 391, 490, and 491 may count for BIO 400 and 4hrs of general elective for the B.S. degree.
- Core Curriculum Requirements (55-62 Hours)
- Technical Requirements
- BIO 121 - Principles of Biology I
- BIO 122 - Principles of Biology II
- BIO 200 - Biology Seminar(to be taken twice, one credit hour each)
- BIO 220 - Microbiology
- BIO 281 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 282 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- BIO 305 - Genetics
- BIO 400 - Research Problems
- CHE 103 - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I
- CHE 103L - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I
- CHE 104 - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II
- CHE 104L - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Laboratory II
- CHE 201 - Organic Chemistry
- CHE 201L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
- CHE 202 - Organic Chemistry
- CHE 202L - Organic Chemistry Laboratory
- CHE 411 - Biochemistry I
- CHE 411L - Biochemistry I Laboratory
- HES 305 - Medical Terminology
- PHY 121 - General Physics I
- PHY 122 - General Physics II
General Elective Credits
Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128
This track is available to students who not part of the University's special "3 +2" cohort program but who wish to complete a standard four-year Bachelor's degree in this field. Completion of this program does not ensure admissions into Lenoir-Rhyne University's MSPAS.
On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.
All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.
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