Biomedical Sciences: B.S.
Are you looking to combine your love of science and passion for serving other people? Do you want to be challenged, both academically and personally, and also be able to enjoy your college experience? Consider Ouachita’s Biomedical Scholars Program.
A rigorous healthcare profession preparation program for ambitious, high-achieving students, the Biomedical Scholars Program is designed to make you a competitive candidate for professional school and equip you to be successful in the healthcare field. You will minor in chemistry or physics, complete Ouachita’s Honors Program and study abroad – and you will do it all alongside professors who believe in you and with peers who have the same professional goals.
Freshman Research Experience
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Honors Directed Study
Cell & Molecular Biology
View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.
This honors degree program thoroughly equips you for a health professions career, including the coursework and experiences necessary to prepare you for your professional exam and give you a firm foundation for professional school. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.
Learn more about the Biomedical Scholars Program.
Learn more about the Department of Biology.
Hours of Clinical Shadowing
Hours of Documented Community Service
Study Abroad Experience of Your Choice
Graduates in Jobs/Grad School (2019)
In their words
hear from a faculty member & student
"The Biomedical Scholars Program is the reason I came to Ouachita. This program stood out to me above any of the other schools I was looking at because of the opportunities and challenges provided by the program. From studying abroad in Costa Rica to doing some research in Liverpool, England, the Biomedical Scholars Program encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and see the world around me so that I can be the best equipped future physician that I can be."
Class of 2021 biomedical sciences major from Batesville, Ark.
WANT NEXT-LEVEL PREPARATION? YOU’VE GOT IT
The Biomedical Scholars Program is the best of Ouachita’s biology degree but with even more perks for students pursing health professions. With integrated requirements in Ouachita’s Honors Program, you will grow academically and personally as you pursue a study abroad program of your choice, complete 60 hours of community service and conduct 50 hours of clinical shadowing with healthcare practitioners. Convinced yet?
WHERE PROFESSORS ARE INVESTED IN YOUR SUCCESS
Unlike larger schools, Ouachita is known for its 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and the Biomedical Scholars Program is even smaller. Not only will you benefit from class and laboratory time with full-time professors, not teaching assistants, you also will receive professional development and coaching from our Health Professions Advisory Committee as you prepare for graduate and professional school.
A PROGRAM GEARED TOWARD GOAL-ORIENTED STUDENTS
If you are debating whether the Biomedical Scholars Program is something you want to commit to, you have options. You will begin in the pre-biomed track and can opt-in to the Biomedical Scholars Program as a rising sophomore through our course-based admission process if you meet the requirements (a 3.5 GPA in General Biology & General Chemistry). If you’re eager to rise to the challenge, let’s get started!
BIOMEDICAL SCHOLARS ENJOY OUACHITA'S
unique student life, too!
One of the most frequently asked questions we answer is, Can I still be involved in Ouachita’s extracurricular activities? The short answer: Yes! All of our Biomedical Scholars are involved in the Ouachita campus community in some way, such as Tiger Tunes, intramural sports, social clubs or other student organizations. In fact, we encourage campus involvement because we believe that participating in these activities will keep you connected to Ouachita’s tight-knit culture, broaden your point of view and ultimately help you become a better healthcare professional.
Program APPLICATION & details
Due to the rigorous nature of the Biomedical Scholars Program, it is one of the few Ouachita programs that has elevated requirements for acceptance and requires an additional application. View the requirement, application and helpful FAQ information below.
Faculty Profile: Ruth Plymale, holder of the J.D. Patterson Chair of Biology
Hamilton awarded $20,000 Arkansas INBRE grant to purchase lyophilizer, enhance Ouachita's School of Natural Science laboratories
Memorial gift honors Ouachita student Charlee Morrison, invests in cancer research at Ouachita
Hamilton awarded $297,000 Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence grant
Ouachita and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education sign Affiliation Agreement
PATTERSON SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES
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