Have you heard the buzz-phrase "STEM" career or "STEM"
education? STEM stands for
Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics, and it's become an
important acronym for employers, educators and policy makers
nationwide. This is because the demand for professionals trained in
science, technology, engineering and math keeps growing.
What are some of the facts about STEM degrees and STEM careers?
In 2011, Georgetown University Center on Education and the
Workforce did a workforce study focused on STEM education and
workforce issues. Here's what the report found:
What does this mean for you? It means that finishing your bachelor's degree in
biomedical science at National University may be a very smart
decision in building a successful and rewarding career. Learn more
by planning to attend one of our student-for-a-day
In this video, student Greg Swets explains why National
University's bachelor degree completion program in
biomedical science has the edge over similar
programs at other schools. Top instructors and a graduate level
environment are big reasons. Greg plans to use his bachelor's
degree as a stepping stone toward a career as a chiropractic and
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.
One great feature of the bachelor's degree completion program
here at NUHS, is the option to choose an "emphasis in nutrition."
Many students are choosing this, as it's a great complement to a
B.S. in Biomedical Science.
We decided to talk with one of NUHS' favorite professors, who is
the nutrition "guru" here at NUHS. Dr. Daniel Richardson is the
assistant dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences, and holds
bachelors, masters and PhD degrees from Loyola University
Stritch School of Medicine in Pharmacology and Pharmocognosy. He is
a Diplomate in the American Association of Nutrition Consultants as
well as a Certified Nutrition Consultant. (Yes, that's the caliber
of our undergraduate faculty here!)
"There is a growing interest in nutrition in our country, and
people are taking charge of their own health through better
nutrition," he says. "Most medicine is based largely on the body's
ability to heal itself, but that can only happen if the patient has
the right amount of nutrients."
For a student hoping to become a naturopathic physician some
day, Dr. Richardson made it clear that you don't have to become a
nutritionist to benefit from an education in nutrition. He explains
that, "Whatever type of health professional you plan to be, be it a
chiropractic or naturopathic physician, dentist, an M.D., an
optometrist, or a nurse, a solid knowledge of nutrition will help
you make better diagnoses and provide better care for your
The great part about choosing this emphasis is that when you
graduate, it's reflected on your NUHS diploma. To do an emphasis in
nutrition means you can't just take any courses you want, like the
regular BS degree. You need to have 19 hours of credit in nutrition
courses such as:
An "emphasis" is like an added credential or a sub-major within
biomedical science. Dr. Richardson reports that the university
hopes to develop other areas of emphasis in the future.
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