Biomedical Health Sciences, Pre-Professional Program
(STEM CIP Code: 26.0102)

The newly renamed Biomedical Health Sciences (BMHS) major, formerly Health Science Pre-Professional (HSPP), is designed to prepare students for entry into professional and graduate schools in a wide arena of health professions and health sciences. Newly admitted students for Fall 2021 are admitted to the original HSPP major, and will have the option to switch to the BMHS major or stay in the HSPP major as best fits their educational needs and in consultation with their academic advisor.  For Fall 2021 the degree requirements for the BMHS and HSPP majors are the same, with the new name adopted to reflect the STEM and biomedical focus of this major. The coursework builds a solid foundation in the biomedical health sciences to prepare our undergraduates for the challenges of pursuing a career in the diverse and ever-changing industry of healthcare and health science. Due to the thoughtful design of our curriculum, students take similar coursework the first two years of enrollment, allowing the flexibility of switching from one BMHS program to another. The most outstanding feature of BMHS is that the course requirements for entry into professional or graduate school are incorporated into the plans of study, resulting in no extra coursework for our undergraduates.

Across the 5 concentrations currently available, required courses include biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, public health, environmental health science, radiological health science, medical terminology, calculus, statistics for biology depending on the concentration selected.  In addition, students take courses from a growing list of research-focused HSCI Selectives that include basics of oncology, imaging in medicine, immunology, industrial hygiene engineering control, healthcare leadership, applied anatomy for medicine, toxicology, analytical toxicology and pathology, and occupational health sciences.  Four of the concentrations contain curriculum specific for academic preparation for either dental school, medical school, optometry school, or physician assistants school.  While our newest concentration, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, allows students maximum flexibility.  This new Interdisciplinary Health Sciences concentration is also suited for students who are potentially interested in variety of health careers, including those aligned with our now expired concentrations (Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health), as it is designed to broadly prepare students for the wide-range of human health professions and health sciences careers.  

Helpful Information for Biomedical Health Sciences (BMHS) and Health Science Pre-Professional Students


Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Pre-Dentistry (Pre-Dent)

Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med)

Pre-Optometry (Pre-Opt)

Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA)

Potential Careers Fields with Additional Education

  • Surgeon
  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Cardiologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Pediatrician
  • University Faculty
  • Product Research and Development

Additional Career and Post-Bachelor's Options

Beyond the Classroom

HHS and Krannert School of Management 3 + 2 Program

The "3+2" program is available to outstanding undergraduates in Health Sciences Pre-Professional. The program allows students to complete their B.S. and M.B.A. in five years. Students receive their B.S. degree in May of their fourth year and their M.B.A. in May of their fifth year. To be considered for this program, the student’s grade point average must be a 3.7/4.0 at the beginning of their junior year. If eligible, the student completes the application process for graduate school during the junior year.


Masters in Public Health (MPH) 4+1 Program

"There is a possibility for students to do a 4+1 BS/MPH program in collaboration with the Department of Public Health. Students may apply for admission to the MPH program in their junior year. Undergraduate and graduate courses will be combined over the next two years, permitting completion of both the BS and MPH degrees in five years for students engaged in full-time study. Students applying to this program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5."

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