BIMS Curriculum


In the Biomedical Sciences curriculum, there are 120 semester credit hours (SCH) to be completed for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. Within that number, there are 78 SCH of specified courses. The remaining 42 SCH constitute electives. Within the elective hours, students have options within certain constraints. Three of the 42 SCH must be taken in approved courses in the Social & Behavioral Sciences, three in Language, Philosophy, & Culture, three in Creative Arts, and 24 must be from the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) Directed Electives. The remaining three SCH of undirected elective courses may be, but are not restricted to biomedical science directed electives, also any other courses the student wishes to experience are acceptable within university offerings, curriculum limitations, and prerequisite requirements.

By proper selection of elective courses within the University Core Curriculum, the 3 SCH of non-directed electives and the 24 SCH of BIMS Directed Electives, students may elect a vocational emphasis. The emphasis pertains to an area in which the student has unique interest and in which the student desires engagement on being graduated with a baccalaureate degree. A vocational emphasis provides increased knowledge and employment potential in a particular vocational area, and indicates to a potential employer a determined effort on the part of the student to become more fully prepared for post-baccalaureate employment.

Students must be CBK complete in order to advance to upper level courses taught by the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.  These will have a BIMS, VIBS, VTPP, VTPB, VLCS or VSCS prefix.

All BIMS students must take a minimum of two core sciences, or 1 core sciences and 1 core math, each semester they are enrolled.

Course Level Descriptions

100-199 Freshman

200-299 Sophomore

300-399 Junior

400-499 Senior

Course Section Descriptions

200-299 Honors (H)

500-599 Standard

700-799 Online (WEB)

900-999 Writing Intensive (W)

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) Requirements

Completion of a set of Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses (35 hours total – see list below) with a grade of “C” or better in each course. Normally, for admission to BIMS upper level courses, a student may have attempted a CBK course no more than twice. A minimum of 55 completed semester hours with a Texas A&M cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.

Any CBK courses transferred in from a community college must have a minimum grade of “B”.

Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II & Lab 4
CHEM 227 & 237 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
CHEM 228 & 238 Organic Chemistry II & Lab 4
PHYS 201 College Physics I 4
PHYS 202 College Physics II 4
MATH 142 Mathematical Concepts – Calculus 3

Scholastic Probation and Suspension:

  1. Please see the attached for Probation and suspension rules for Biomedical Sciences: Scholastic Probation and Suspension
  2. For Scholastic Probation and Suspension rules for USVM, please visit our Concentration page.

Notification of Tracking Satisfactory Academic Progress: Standard for Degree Progress

STANDARD for SATISFACTORY DEGREE PROGRESS: College of Veterinary Medicine undergraduate students (BIMS and USVM) have the obligation to make satisfactory progress towards completion of all degree requirements. A minimum standard to measure degree progress requires satisfactory completion of 75% of attempted course credit hours each academic year. BIMS and USVM students are expected to take course work that applies towards the appropriate BIMS/USVM major.

Scholastic Probation and Suspension