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Why Study Biology - Biomedical Sciences?

A fascinating field that combines pioneering advances with established scientific knowledge, biology - biomedical sciences is the perfect major if you’re interested in attending medical school or working in fields like microbiology. At UW-River Falls, our award-winning Biology Department offers an option in biomedical sciences where you’ll have access to hands-on learning opportunities including internships, cutting-edge technology and research work as early as your first semester.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the language and significance of scientific information in the field of biology.
  • Verify scientific knowledge and recognize the importance of detail, accuracy and honesty in scientific reporting.
  • Practice collaboration, oral presentation, scientific writing and laboratory safety skills.
  • Gain experience with modern research and scientific methods.
  • Develop proficiency with state-of-the-art equipment and data interpretation.


Types of Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Virology

Affiliation agreements are contracts between UWRF and external colleges to provide academic credit and a seamless transition for students. In most cases, you’ll begin your academic career here and receive a B.S. from UWRF following one or more years of study at an affiliated school. We have agreements in place with several schools, including an early provisional acceptance agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

Many biology – biomedical sciences majors enter the medical field, requiring they attend graduate or medical school after earning their undergraduate degree, while others enter the workforce. Examples of careers biology graduates pursue include:

  • Chiropractor
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Microbiologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Surgical Assistant