Earlier this year the National Science Foundation posted a
survey to test basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, astronomy,
geology and physics. The quiz was
reposted on Huffington Post. Unfortunately, most Americans
didn't pass the test.
Take the quiz yourself and see how you do, then check your
answers and link to the article at the bottom to find out how most
How did you do? Check out how others fared here:
NPR article on quiz results.
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
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
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.
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