About Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences

Offering degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences offers degree programs that prepare graduates for rewarding careers in biotechnology, biomedical device and pharmaceutical firms, medical and research laboratories, hospitals or public health agencies. You'll learn from notable faculty with research expertise in food safety, nutritional epidemiology, diet and chronic disease risk, immunology and more.

Biomedical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science Undergraduate Programs 

The Clinical Laboratory Science - Clinical Sciences Option prepares students with life long career skills in the biomedical sciences. Students take a core of laboratory science courses as well as Directed Study and Senior Research courses. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the biomedical laboratory. Students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree. 

The Clinical Laboratory Science - Medical Laboratory Science Option is a nationally accredited program that prepares students with lifelong career skills in laboratory science. Students receive an in-depth education in the Clinical disciplines of Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology (transfusion medicine), Immunology, and Microbiology. Students also experience internships at area hospital laboratories. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to each area in laboratory medicine. Students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree. After completing their degree, students are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The Medical Laboratory Science program recently received the maximum award of 10 years from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Clinical Laboratory Science Graduate Programs 

The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Program is intended for experienced professionals or new graduates with a background in clinical sciences/medical laboratory science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or related areas who want to develop and expand their expertise in the clinical sciences. This program provides individuals with the level of graduate education to develop those skills required to upgrade the quality of their job performance and enhance their opportunities for advancement in their professions. Students will develop skills and knowledge required for the advanced degree, including critical and independent thinking, research design, normal and pathophysiology, analytical method evaluation and scientific literature assessment. 

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Pathology is offered in on-campus and online formats. Pathophysiology and cutting edge diagnostic technology are covered. Certificate courses may be counted towards the MS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. 

Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate Program 

Students in the Nutritional Sciences BS Program will study food, nutrients and other food substances, the intake and biochemical processing of food substances, their relationship to health and disease, and the application of this information to policy and programs. Professionals who work in the field of nutritional science also draw on knowledge of the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing food choice and health status. Focused areas within the field include diverse approaches, including the study of biochemical pathways and interactions with genetics, observing population intake and relationship to health outcomes (nutritional epidemiology), designing and testing nutrition interventions to improve community health, managing nutrition programs and policies to ensure access to nutritious food.

Nutritional Sciences Graduate Programs 

The Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), Dietetics option is an accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics that combines both the coursework and internship to sit for the national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. 

The Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), Nutrition option prepares students for careers in public health nutrition. 

The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology program is organized so each student can pursue a sequence of courses and complete a focused research project leading to a doctoral dissertation in a specialization option including study in Nutritional Biochemistry and/or Food Science Technology. 

Pharmaceutical Sciences 

The department offers several options for graduate students interested in pursuing degrees in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including: 

Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences—learn core pharmaceutical sciences principles that can be applied to the development of new drug therapies 

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences—evaluate the safety and effectiveness of drug therapies and support technical roles in research and production settings that will meet the demand for new therapeutic agents that treat human disease. 

PSM (Professional Science Master’s Program) in Pharmaceutical Sciences – gain both technical and business skills to work in the laboratory and assume leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences—discover and develop new drug entities that treat human disease and evaluate the effectiveness and safety of drug therapies. 

Research Opportunities

The Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences provides opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to perform research with one of our faculty members. Explore research opportunities:

Faculty Research 

Student Research

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