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If I get a Bachelor's in biology, can I get a Master's and PhD in biomedical science?

I'm a high school student who wants to be a biomedical researcher, but most of the colleges that I'm looking at only offer biology and not biomedical science as a major. I'm wondering if I can jump to biomedical science in grad school, even though I didn't major in it in undergrad. #biology #research #biomedical #medical-research #biomedical-science #science-phd


Hey Katia, fellow high school student here as well. In my most recent college searches I believe that you can major in biomedical science in most prestigious universities such as UC Irvine and one of the colleges in the Claremont Consortium. I'm sure many other colleges that are worth it offer this as well. You should broaden your search a little so you won't have to compromise your education with studying something you don't want to study necessarily. Good luck, Katia!! -Nada Nada D.

Hi Nada! Thanks for your answer and advice. I will definitely use your guidelines to broaden my search. Katia D.

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Courtney’s Answer

Hi Katia,


To find out, I would research the grad schools that have biomedical science as a master and see what the requirements are. They will list all acceptable majors and coursework they expect grad students to have completed.


Hope this helps!


Thank you for your advice! Katia D.

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Keith’s Answer

I would take a look at some PhD programs that interest you, and see what their admission requirements are. You can also look for professors whose research interests you, and see what their grad students majored in, or write to the professors. Although I'm inclined to think that you will not have an issue getting accepted to a PhD program in biomedical engineering with an undergrad degree in biology.


Thank you for your answer! I was thinking about following the same path. Katia D.

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Sarah’s Answer

Yes, you can. Most schools require major coursework in biology to be eligible for these advanced degress.

Sarah recommends the following next steps:

Research potential schools and check that you will have all the classes that are required by the program you choose before applying.

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Professor SIR Lloyd’s Answer

as a high school student who wants to be a biomedical researcher, you begin now with all science related classes available to take now. also now go online and apply for online classes while in high school if you are financially able to pay for immediate college classes during the summer to give you ahead start now.


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Thank you! I will check it out. Katia D.

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