Biomedical Science and Enterprise, B.I.S.

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in Biomedical Science and Enterprise (BSEN) program prepares graduates for a range of exciting careers in the biomedical industry or advanced degrees in science, business or law. The program offers an innovative approach to education that combines studies in biomedical science, business, entrepreneurship and law, and teaches students the scientific, legal and commercial aspects of scientific discovery.

The BSEN program is a perfect fit for anyone passionate about patient care, intrigued by the scientific study of human diseases or interested in creating and marketing the next generation of disease-preventing therapeutics or wearable health devices. It’s also for those who have dreams of working in a hospital, pharmaceutical company or biomed startup.

Our versatile graduates possess diverse skills sought by leading industry employers, and they’re ready to make a lasting difference that advances human health and improves the quality of human life.

The program is offered by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Law, Honors College, J. Mack Robinson College of Business and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute.

Biomedical Science and Enterprise, B.I.S.

Institute for Biomedical Sciences


Area A – E Core Curriculum (42 HRS)

Area F (18 HRS)

Area G (31 HRS)

Area H Allied Areas and Electives (~29 HRS)- Students are able to select Standard or Pre-Med Track

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a BIS in Biomedical Science and Enterprise will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate conceptual knowledge and critical thinking skills gained through a broad core curriculum and progressing to a focused advanced course sequence in life sciences, entrepreneurship and pre-law.
  • Acquire and apply professional skills anchored in basic scientific research, innovation and value creation, ethics and legal affairs, including scientific and business communication, collaboration and leadership.
  • Identify needs and opportunities at the intersection among basic science, clinical applications and patient care.
  • Use current methods and theoretical approaches to formulate and answer experimental questions related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases.

How is the BSEN program unique?

Studies show that some employers are concerned that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates lack skills beyond technical knowledge. Employers are looking for personnel with a combination of technical and non-technical skills, such as leadership experience, problem-solving, critical-thinking, teamwork, and written and oral communication.

The BSEN program seeks to bridge this skills gap and help students develop these skills by requiring courses across several disciplines and providing practical learning experiences through research and internships. This unique approach to education ensures that our graduates stand out from the competition as they pursue rewarding career opportunities.

In the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, students can gain research experience by working on exciting and innovative projects in the institute’s four research centers. They can train in modern facilities with professors who are developing vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tools to improve patient outcomes for a variety of important human diseases.

Through the institute’s biomedical industry collaborations, students can participate in internships based on their career goals, such as a master’s degree training program with the global biopharmaceutical company UCB Inc. These career-enhancing opportunities are only a short drive away.

Join the Biomedical Student Association and connect with peers and graduate students for mentorship, networking and career development events.