Morehead State University has long been a destination for students looking for a high quality undergraduate education that prepares them for continuing their schooling at the graduate level. Taking this into account, the Department of Biology and Chemistry has developed two new programs that will make that transition to graduate school even smoother.
MSU now offers bachelor’s degrees in the fields of biomedical sciences and biomedical chemistry. Dr. Geoff Gearner, MSU professor of biology and interim department chair for the Department of Biology and Chemistry, said that both programs were created with the health field in mind.
“Our goal, from whatever program they pursue, is we do a good job preparing students for success in the professional curriculum,” he said.
The biomedical sciences and biomedical chemistry programs are advantageous to students in several ways.
MSU has partnered with numerous professional schools across the state so they can take dual-credit courses that will count towards their bachelor’s degree at MSU and their graduate education.
Both programs are geared more toward students interested in life sciences, with curriculum maps for fields like pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy and pre-physician assistant among others.
Gearner said both programs also allow more flexibility, with fewer core requirements and a broader choice of electives in various aspects of biology.
“A student could put together a set of electives that can be more focused on their particular interest,” Gearner said.
Courses like human anatomy and physiology also include laboratory components, giving students the chance to get more hands-on experience.
Since both programs were implemented in Fall 2013, Gearner said enrollment in each program has increased significantly. With MSU’s biomedical sciences and biomedical chemistry programs, the University is aiming to not only increase students’ preparedness for graduate school but also to serve a regional need.
“It’s just an effort to fulfill a need that a lot of people recognize,” Gearner said. “All of this is an effort to get the right sort of expertise to improve the health of our population.”
For more information on MSU’s biomedical sciences and biomedical chemistry programs, call the Department of Biology and Chemistry at 606-783-2945 or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/biochem