Have you ever wanted to learn more about what happens to the
human body when we exercise? Exercise physiology is a course option
in the biomedical science
program at National University. It combines metabolic
biochemistry, cellular and organ system physiology, as well as
anatomic structure and function in order to understand and explain
physical and athletic performance and how the body adapts to
In addition to learning the basics of exercise physiology, NUHS
students go deeper.
Instructor Nancy Stienke gives students the chance to explore
personal interests and take more control over what they learn. "The
students write a paper reviewing the scientific literature on any
exercise topic of their choosing. They also create a poster based
on that information, and make a presentation on the topic the last
week of class," she explains.
The students get lots of help in their research. "Our Learning
Resource Center provides a workshop for them, teaching them how
to search our electronic databases for the information they need,"
says Nancy. "They learn how to choose a topic that is broad enough
to provide enough research to prepare a good review, but not so
broad that it pulls up too much research to read."
Below are some of the research posters prepared by biomedical
science students enrolled in the NUHS exercise physiology course.
They cover topics such as health benefits of Yoga or Tai Chi,
sports benefits for amputees, or resistance training for
"The goal of this project is to give students a chance to work
with the scientific literature and get a glimpse of what it takes
to communicate information to the scientific community," says Nancy
Stienke. "Professional posters are very common at scientific
meetings. This project shows students the steps involved with
creating a scientific poster, while also giving them greater
expertise on their topic."
For those who are eager to learn more about the human body from
a sports medicine perspective, NUHS also offers courses in sports
nutrition and kinesiology.
course descriptions for the biomedical science program at
A biomedical science degree falls in the category of biological
science degrees. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
provides a website with a wealth of career outlook information for
those with biological science degrees. On www.bls.gov you'll
find several career categories in biomedical science, a job outlook
for each profession, average salary information, descriptions of
each career as well as necessary educational requirements.
For example, on www.bls.gov,
you can explore biological science careers, such as:
Or you can search on the site for any term you like to find
other science related careers and salary information.
The good news is that between 2008 and 2018, the demand for
biochemists should increase by 37%, and demand for microbiologists
by 12%. All other biological scientists should see an increase in
job growth of 19%.
Many biomedical science degree graduates from National
University of Health Sciences go on to earn an advanced or
professional degree in health care. The great news from the Bureau
of Labor Statistics is that the health care sector will continue to
grow between now and 2020.
Learn more about finishing your bachelor's degree in
biomedical science so that you can take advantage of the great
momentum these statistics point to for those in science and health
In this video, hear Daniel Richardson, PhD, assistant dean for
the College of Allied Health Sciences, explain the unique
advantages of National University's bachelor degree completion program
in biomedical science. A BS in biomedical science can be a
springboard to excelling in advanced degrees and a variety of
Dr. Richardson teaches botanical medicine to students in the BS
program, and also teaches pharmacology courses in National
University's graduate programs. This is one example of how our
undergraduate students benefit in learning directly from
graduate-level faculty members.
more about how to complete your bachelor's degree in
biomedical science at NUHS.
Are you still wondering what you can do with a bachelor's degree
in biomedical science? Check out the American
Institute of Biological Sciences' website. You'll
find helpful career information, even a career brochure for what you can do with a
The AIBS is a nonprofit scientific association dedicated to
advancing biological research and education for the welfare of
society. They are a resource for Congress when legislative
decisions have a biological science component. They also have an
informative website called Action
Bioscience that keeps the public up to date on biological
science issues affecting our world and affecting public policy.
Would you like to network with other students in the biological
sciences? You can join the AIBS Facebook group for students in
AIBS is yet another organization echoing what National
University has said all along: Career prospects in the biomedical
and biological sciences are growing and can be found in a diverse
range of industries.
Konstantina Adams knew NUHS was her dream school after visiting
the campus on a high school anatomy tour. In this video she
shares her favorite aspects of the BS program, as well as her
experience in on-campus housing. Konstanina plans to use her bachelor's
degree in biomedical science as a foundation for a future
career in chiropractic medicine.
"You're being taught by professors who actually care and who are
part of the field that you are eventually going into. I've been
taught by chiropractors, I've been taught by naturopaths...people
who are passionate about what they're teaching." -- Konstantina
Adams, biomedical science student
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