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Minor in Biomedical Sciences


Offered by the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Educational Objectives:  The Minor in Biomedical Sciences is designed for the life sciences major considering a pre-professional curriculum (pre-medical or -veterinary) or a career in biomedical research (graduate school).  The minor comprises undergraduate courses taught primarily by faculty within the College of Veterinary Medicine in Animal Physiology and Microbiology and Immunology. The courses offered will provide depth and breadth in subject areas covered in the preclinical professional medical or veterinary curriculum.  An important focus will be on animal and human disease processes, with an emphasis on animal physiology and infection biology. 

All undergraduates focusing on life sciences (Biology majors are not eligible for this minor) are eligible to participate in this minor.

This Minor can be completed with 12-17 credit hours of required and elective coursework.  Minor Advisors will be available to provide guidance on career development of pre-professional undergraduates.

Academic Standards:  A minimum course grade of C- is required in each course within the minor.  A cumulative GPA of > 2.0 is required for all courses within the minor.

Biomedical Sciences Required Coursework: 

One of the following two courses is required:

BIOAP 3110 Introductory Animal Physiology (Fall, 3 credits)
BIOMS 3150 Basic Immunology (Fall, 3 credits)

Elective Coursework (Four additional courses must be taken; at least one course must be taken from each of the Core Groups):

Animal Physiology Core Group:

BIOMS/BIOAP 3110**Principles of Animal Physiology (Fall, 3 credits)
BIOMS/BIOAP 3160 - Cellular Physiology (Spring, 3 credits)
BIOMS/BIOAP 3190 - Animal Physiology Experimentation (Fall, 4 credits)
BIOMS/BIOAP 4130 - Histology: The Biology of the Tissues (Spring, 3 credits)
ANSC/BIOAP 4270 - Fundamentals of Endocrinology (Fall, 3 credits)
BIOMS/BIOAP 4580 - Mammalian Physiology (Spring, 3 credits)
BIOMS/BIOAP 4890 - Mammalian Embryology (Spring, 3 credits)

 Microbiology and Immunology Core Group:

BIOMS 3150**- Basic Immunology (Fall, 3 credits)
BIOMI 3210 - Human Microbes and Health (Spring, 3 credits)
PLPA/VETMI 3290Medical and Veterinary Mycology (Spring, 2 credits)
BIOMS/BIOMI 3310 - General Parasitology (Spring, 2 credits)
BIOMS 3350 - Wildlife Parasitology (Summer, 2 credits)
BIOMS/BIOMI 4040 - Pathogenic Bacteriology (Spring, 2-3 credits)
BIOMS/BIOMI/PLPA 4090 - Principles of Virology (Fall, 3 credits)
BIOMS/BIOMI 4310 - Medical Parasitology (Fall, 2 credits)
BIOMS 4340, Cellular and Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis: The Host/Pathogen Interplay (Spring, 3 credits)

 ** If you take BIOAP 3110 as your required course, you may elect to take BIOMS 3150 as an elective course in the Microbiology and Immunology Core Group below.  If you take BIOMS 3150 as your required course, you may elect to take BIOAP 3110 as an elective course in the Animal Physiology Core Group.

How to received credit for the Minor Program of Study in Biomedical Sciences:

  1. Meet with Faculty Advisor and with Dr. Dorothy Debbie (Microbiology and Immunology) or Dr. Nancy Lorr (Animal Physiology) to discuss your interests in Biomedical Sciences and decide which courses you will take to satisfy the minor.
  2. Submit a copy of the enclosed form to the Department of Biomedical Sciences (T4-018, Veterinary Research Tower).  Retain a copy for your records and provide a copy to your major advisor for her/his records.
  3. Complete the courses required for the BMS minor.
  4. In the final semester prior to graduation, bring a copy of your transcript to either Drs. Debbie or Lorr.  Upon verification of the successful completion of all requirements, Drs. Debbie or Lorr will sign the form required for the minor.


Contact Information:

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Dorothy Debbie
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
C5 101 Veterinary Medical Center
dpd22@cornell.edu                                                             
607-253-4017

Ms. Sachiko Funaba
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
C5- 171 Veterinary Medical Center
sf35@cornell.edu
607-253-3402

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Nancy Lorr
Department of Biomedical Sciences
T8-004A Veterinary Research Tower
nal4@cornell.edu
607-253-3457

Ms. May Lovelace                                                                     
Department of Biomedical Sciences
T8-008 Veterinary Research Tower
mrl34@cornell.edu
607-253-3840

Click here for an Application for Admission to Minor Program of Study in Biomedical Sciences Form