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Bachelor of Science
Note: In addition to the membership application above (“Apply for this Program Now”), students must also meet the program requirements for this program.
The Biomedical Sciences program consists of a rigorous, hands-on laboratory based curriculum that emphasizes concentrations in biological sciences and biochemistry to prepare students for direct entry into analytical/research laboratories and health sciences. This degree also prepares students for a variety of science-related positions in pharmaceutics, medical manufacturing, clinical and environmental chemistry, laboratories, health departments, zoos, and museums. Course work includes physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics with a variety of upper-level concentrations to suit a student’s individual interests.
Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the core prerequisites necessary to succeed in graduate programs in the sciences as well as a variety of professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and physician assistant programs.
Applicants interested in the Biomedical Sciences B.S. Degree must:
- Satisfy the bachelor’s degree general admission requirements .
- Submit a bachelor’s membership application by the
- Provide a one page letter of interest describing the reasons for your desire to pursue a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences degree and your future career goals. Your letter should be 12 point Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins. In your letter, please include your name (same as on transcripts) and the term and year for which you are seeking admission.
- Applicants must provide a copy of their official transcript(s).
The below criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences Program:
- Applicants must have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.) or higher from a regionally accredited college or university and completed a minimum of 60 transferable college credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
Lower division students who qualify for the Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars award may be guaranteed admission to a baccalaureate degree program.
- The student must meet all entry requirements for the specified baccalaureate degree while completing the relevant associate degree.
- Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars who have not completed the associate’s degree or other baccalaureate admissions requirements may participate in upper division courses with the approval of the appropriate dean or dean’s designee.
- Upon completion of the relevant associate’s degree, Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars will be admitted to the upper division program of study with no additional application process.
- While working toward the general education requirements for the associates degree, all students must complete the below prerequisite courses with grades of “C” or higher prior to starting upper division coursework.
- Bachelor’s degree programs are selective access. Students should minimize second attempts and withdrawals in all prerequisite courses to have the most competitive application.
- Applicants must provide a copy of your official college transcript(s). Applicants not currently enrolled in Florida State College and/or who are transferring college credit courses are required to have a copy of their official transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 2550, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2550. A second copy should be provided to the program for which you are applying.
- Applicants should develop an educational plan with a program advisor to complete the necessary steps to be considered for acceptance into the bachelor’s program of their choice. An evaluation to determine what additional coursework may be needed in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
Submit your letter of interest (program requirement number 3) via email as an attached Word or PDF file to:
Dr. Sondra Evans and Ms. Cindy Lyle-Faustino at BiomedicalSciences@fscj.edu by the published term deadline. In the subject line of your email please type “B.S. Biomedical Sciences letter of intent” as well as the term and year for which you are applying for admission.
Please note: incomplete application packages and packages received after the published term deadlines will not be reviewed until the subsequent application deadline.
For additional information please consult with a student success advisor at any campus.
Already spoke to an advisor and you still have questions? Contact:
Mrs. Cindy Lyle-Faustino, Baccalaureate Degree Advisor, Kent Campus, (904) 381-3709 or email@example.com
Total Credit Hours: 120
Credit hours may vary depending on whether a student has satisfied the foreign language requirements of the College as well as if the student chooses to take a 4 credit Calculus II course instead of the 3 credit statistics course.
Lower Division Courses (Credit Hours: 74)
*Refer to A.A. General Education Requirements .
*Communications Credit Hours: 9
*Humanities Credit Hours: 6
*Social and Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 9
Biomedical Sciences Upper Division Core (Credit Hours: 32)
Upper Division Concentration (Credit Hours: 14)
Students choose either Biological Sciences or Biochemistry as a concentration.
Concentrations are upper level coursework in a designated track and should be selected based on student interest and career goals.
Note: MCB 4203 may be repeated with different topics up to two times.
Note: CHM 4253 may be repeated with different topics up to two times.
Foreign Language Requirement
Bachelors degree-seeking students must meet a foreign language requirement prior to graduation. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in statute 1007.262 and DOE Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible to send official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.
- Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin, exits test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
- Also, appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will be accepted.
Courses are offered in Chinese (CHI 1120 and CHI 1121 ), French (FRE 1120 and FRE 1121 ), Spanish (SPN 1120 and SPN 1121 ), and German (GER 1120 and GER 1121 ) that fulfill this eight semester hours requirement. Students may use American Sign Language I and II (ASL 1140 and ASL 1150 ) to satisfy foreign language requirements.
Writing and Mathematical Skills Requirement
The Florida State Board of Education Rule regarding the required writing and mathematical skills was revised in December 2005. 6A-10.030 specifies the policies and procedures for implementing the requirement (Table 5).
To receive a bachelor’s degree, students must:
- Fulfill the academic requirements for the chosen major;
- Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the selected bachelor degree with at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) for an all college cumulative grade point average. This includes Florida State College college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding prep) in lower and upper division courses;
- Earn a minimum of 25 percent of all credits counting toward the baccalaureate degree from Florida State College (note: this means, for example, a minimum of 30 credits for a 120 credit bachelor’s degree).
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level from Florida State College.
- Apply no more than 45 semester hours in any combination of extension, correspondence, CLEP, University Credit by Examination and Armed Forces credits toward an undergraduate degree;
- Fulfill the 36 college credit Florida General Education Requirements (note: 42 semester hours of required General Education for the B.S.N. degree);
- Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in status 1007.262 and State Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible for sending official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.
- Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin; exit test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
- Appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will also be accepted.
- Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College before they may graduate.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which students complete all requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are an applicant. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation date, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.).
- If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within seven years or they will automatically be reassigned to the catalog in effect during their seventh year. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2012/2013) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2018/2019 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.