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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Oct 19, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

Biomedical Sciences (T300) (B.S.)


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Bachelor of Science

The Program

The Biomedical Sciences program consists of a rigorous, hands-on laboratory-based curriculum that prepares 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 biology- and chemistry-based courses to suit students' 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.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all upper division courses.

Embedded Certificate(s)

Two technical certificates are available within this degree program: Chemical Laboratory Specialist (6501) (T.C.)  and Scientific Workplace Preparation (6502) (T.C.) . Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.

Program Requirements

Applicants interested in the Biomedical Sciences B.S. degree must satisfy the bachelor's degree general admission requirements . The Biomedical Sciences B.S. degree has rolling admissions throughout the term; a bachelor's degree admissions application may be submitted at any time throughout the term. Apply online at apply.fscj.edu.

The below criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences Program:

  1. While working toward the general education requirements for the associate degree, all students must complete the below prerequisite courses with grades of "C" or higher prior to starting upper division coursework.
  2. Baccalaureate degree programs are Selective Access. Students should minimize second attempts and withdrawals in all prerequisite courses to have the most competitive application.
  3. 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.
  4. Students must meet program level chemistry,   and mathematics,   to be considered for admission.

Note: incomplete admission 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 an advisor at any campus.

Need More Information? Contact:

To learn more about the Biomedical Sciences degree, email biomedicalsciences@fscj.edu.

Prerequisite Coursework


The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to starting upper division coursework:

Curriculum


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 51

Lower Division Coursework

Credit Hours: 23

Upper Division Coursework

Credit Hours: 30

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Upper Division coursework.

Upper Division Elective Coursework

Minimum Credit Hours: 16

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Upper Division Elective coursework.
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 a 3 credit statistics course.

Foreign Language Requirement for Baccalaureate Degree


Baccalaureate 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:

  1. Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in Florida Statute 1007.262 at bit.ly/FS-foreign-language and DOE Board Rule 6A.10.02412 at bit.ly/FR-foreign-language. The student is responsible to send official high school transcripts to the Registrar's Office for evaluation.
  2. 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). Visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members. Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates at jsilny.com and World Education Services at wes.org.
  3. Also, appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will be accepted.

Course offered are in American Sign Language (ASL 1140  and ASL 1150 ), Brazilian Portuguese (POR 1120  and POR 1121 ), Chinese (CHI 1120  and CHI 1121 ), French (FRE 1120  and FRE 1121 ), French Conversation (FRE 2210  and FRE 2211 ), French Intermediate (FRE 2200  and FRE 2201 ), German (GER 1120  and GER 1121 ), German Intermediate (GER 2200  and GER 2201 ), Latin (LAT 1120  and LAT 1121 ), Spanish (SPN 1120  and SPN 1121 ), Spanish Conversation (SPN 2210  and SPN 2211 ), and Spanish Intermediate (SPN 2200  and SPN 2201 ) fulfill this eight credit hour requirement. Students may use the ASL prefix course combination to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College.

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).

Graduation Requirements


To receive a bachelor's degree, students must:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the selected bachelor's degree with at least a 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale for an all college cumulative grade point average. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower and upper division courses;
  3. Earn at least a "C" in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a "C" or better in each course.
  4. Earn a minimum of 25 percent of all credits counting toward the baccalaureate degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville (for example, a minimum of 30 credits for a 120-credit bachelor's degree). Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Fulfill the 36 college credit Florida General Education Requirements (note: 42 semester hours of required General Education for the B.S.N. degree);
  6. Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by demonstrating foreign language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to 2-years in high school or a sequence of two college credit courses in a single foreign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
    1. Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in s. 1007.262 Florida Statute and State Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible for sending official high school transcripts to the Registrar's office for evaluation.
    2. Submitting a transcript from the country of origin; exit test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students may be required to have an English translation performed, at students' expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
    3. Appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will also be accepted.
  7. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  • Students who enter under the (2019/2020) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2019/2020 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. 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 corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of "C" or better regardless of program of study.

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