As a biochemistry major, you’ll dive into an exciting interdisciplinary field that explores the chemicals and chemical reactions in living systems. You’ll learn to use powerful analytical tools — including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and fluorescence spectroscopy — to study the molecules that power life.
Biomedical Sciences Major
Biomedical science puts foundational scientific knowledge into practice, spurring innovation in interventions, technology and biomedical engineering. With recent advancements opening countless clinical and research opportunities, you can push healthcare and research into uncharted territory with a biomedical sciences degree.
As a biomedical sciences major at Saint Joseph’s University, you’ll have the opportunity to design a personalized degree in the health concentration of your choice. The only program in the Philadelphia area focused primarily on the health sciences, this program offers a rigorous and flexible curriculum. It includes every area of biomedical science, including neuroscience and biotechnology, as well as a variety of electives.
Customize Your Degree
The hallmark of our BS in biomedical sciences program is the flexibility of the curriculum. You have the freedom to shape customized degree tracks based on your interests. Choices for possible tracks could include:
- Clinical science
- Physician assistant
We also offer a wide variety of electives that allows you to construct a course of study that best suits your career goals.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Saint Joseph’s University is affiliated with a range of world-class institutions, and our faculty maintain connections across the public and private sectors.
Unmatched academic and research training keeps you competitive with opportunities to conduct primary investigative research early in your undergraduate career. You’ll also have access to an array of internship, professional and fieldwork opportunities.
Enjoy access to labs, equipment and resources at the forefront of science in our McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC).
You’ll often collaborate with peers and faculty in physics, pharmacology/toxicology and chemistry programs.
Low student-to-faculty ratio provides you unparalleled access to our accomplished faculty.
What Can I Do With a Biomedical Sciences Degree?
With recent advancements opening up a slew of clinical and research opportunities, you can push healthcare and research into uncharted territory. A degree in biomedical sciences from Saint Joseph’s University prepares you for a spectrum of careers — from laboratory research to biomedical engineering — and graduate studies in biomedical sciences.
The biomedical sciences curriculum will expose you to numerous scientific disciplines while also delving into the humanities and social sciences. The 2022-2023 Academic Catalog will be available mid-June 2022. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Customizable Degree Tracks
Working closely with your advisor, you can craft your own degree track based on your personal and career interests. Possible tracks could include biotechnology, clinical science, neuroscience and physician assistant.
Pre-Physician Assistant Program
Saint Joseph’s offers a pre-professional physician assistant program for biomedical sciences majors who are interested in attending graduate PA school and pursuing a career as a physician assistant. You can choose from a three-year accelerated or traditional four-year undergraduate track to earn a biomedical sciences degree. If you meet all progression requirements, you’ll be granted an interview for admission to Saint Joseph’s physician assistant program.
The tuition for a biomedical sciences major entering fall 2022 is $49,410/year*.
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page for a detailed breakdown.
Financial aid in the form of scholarships, federal and state grants, loans and discount eligibility may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Why Study Biomedical Sciences in Philadelphia?
Our biomedical sciences major is one of two programs of its kind in the region. It’s the only program in the Philadelphia area focused primarily on the health sciences. Learn from and work with the city’s diverse population and gain access to its many internship and fieldwork opportunities. The greater Philadelphia region is home to multiple world-class, U.S. News and World Report–ranked hospitals and doctors, giving you opportunities to build local and regional healthcare networking and employment after graduation.
Biomedical Sciences Major Admissions Information
To apply for the Biomedical Sciences BS program, complete an application online. SAT and/or ACT scores are optional but you can submit them if you think they’ll strengthen your application.
Learn more about admissions requirements and how to apply as a first-year student, transfer student or international student. You can also get a feel for life as a Hawk with our in-person and virtual visit opportunities.