Bachelor in Biomedical Science


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Program Description

Students who study biomedical science are problem-solving visionaries. You'll build a base of knowledge and skills in biology, disease research, and technical design to imagine and create medical equipment that improves lives locally, nationally or internationally. You'll learn to use computer skills to show how organs and internal systems work and to test and demonstrate how a body would react to a medical device. Your class and fieldwork will prepare you for work in the laboratory and health-related jobs or to continue your study for an advanced degree.

Biomedical engineers conduct experiments for blood filtering treatment

Program Highlights

  • A strong base of scientific knowledge established through biology, chemistry and physics courses.
  • Opportunity to participate in field-based or laboratory-based faculty research on a short-term or long-term basis that may culminate in publishing papers and presentations at scientific conferences.
  • High-demand for graduates who complete advanced work.
  • Biology Tutoring Center positioned near a new anatomy and physiology suite is open weekdays.
  • Collaboration on the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) molecular mechanisms of disease research.

Program Distinctions

  • Opportunity to develop relevant skills in classwork, laboratory research, and fieldwork with nationally-recognized faculty members.
  • The program operates in a state with more than 480 medical device firms registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Completes preparation for professional study programs required for health-care degrees such as medical doctor, dentist, and pharmacist.
  • Notable alumnus: Bruce Johnson '83, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, studies how the human body reacts to extreme conditions in locations such as Mount Everest.

Student Organizations

  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Medical Professions Association (MPA)
  • Pre-Dental Organization
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club (RxC)
  • Pre-Veterinary Society
  • Gerontology Club
  • Student Health Action & Advisory Committee (SHAAC)

University Facts & Statistics

  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • 31% increase in Honors Program enrollment in fall 2013
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 1 million hours of campus, community volunteer service
  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Product development
  • Clinical technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Medical device/Pharmaceutical sales
  • Physician/Dentist/Pharmacist

Job/Career Titles

  • Biologist/Scientist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chiropractor*
  • Clinical Technician
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dentist*
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Government Lab Services
  • Health Services Administrator*
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Device/ Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Medicine/Physician*
  • Occupational Therapist*
  • Optometrist*
  • Pharmacist*
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Physician Assistant*
  • Podiatrist*
  • Product Development
  • Professor/Teacher*
  • Public Health*
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Research Chemist
  • Veterinarian*

*Advanced education preferred


General Industry

  • Federal and State Government
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Laboratories
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Public Health Departments
  • Research and Biotechnology Firms
  • Universities and Colleges

Minnesota Employers

  • 3M
  • Beckman Coulter
  • BioAmber, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brennen Medical
  • Ecolab
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Pace Analytical
  • R&D Systems
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • University of MN
  • Upsher-Smith
  • Viromed
  • Xcel Energy

Skills and Traits

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Desire to help others
  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of scientific methods
  • Manual dexterity
  • Multicultural competence
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong math and science background
  • Work well on a team
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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