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A Biomedical Science Degree - Springboard for an Exciting Career

A bachelor of biomedical science degree can be the start of a satisfying career in a wide variety of job sectors. 

Biomedical science careers infographic

That's why a degree in biomedical sciences is so valuable: It is versatile in today's ever changing job market, and can support your qualifications for wherever your life's path take you.

Come explore how completing your bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences at National University can open more doors in your future.

Can You Pass the Science Test Many Americans Failed?

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 Americans fared:

Quiz

  1. 2014-08-11_atomsThe center of the Earth is very hot.
    True or false?
  2. The continents have been moving their location for millions of years and will continue to move.
    True or false?
  3. Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?
  4. All radioactivity is manmade.
    True or false?
  5. Electrons are smaller than atoms. 
    True or false?
  6. Lasers work by focusing sound waves. 
    True or false?
  7. The universe began with a huge explosion. 
    True or false?
  8. It's the father's gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or girl. 
    True or false?
  9. Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria.
    True or false?
  10. Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.
    True or false?

Answers

  1. True
  2. True
  3. Earth around the sun
  4. False
  5. True
  6. False
  7. True
  8. True
  9. False
  10. True

How did you do? Check out how others fared here: NPR article on quiz results.

The Future Looks Bright for STEM Bachelor Degrees

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.

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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:

  • Workers with associate's degrees in STEM fields out-earn 63 percent of people who have bachelor's degrees in other fields.
  • Almost half of workers with bachelor's degrees in STEM fields out-earn workers with PhDs in other fields
  • Regardless of occupation, people with a bachelor's degree in a STEM major make roughly $500,000 more over their lifetimes than non-STEM majors.
  • Over the past 30 years, salaries in STEM-related jobs have jumped faster than those in any other occupation other than healthcare professionals and managerial occupations.
  • STEM wages jumped 31 percent over the past 30 years, compared with 23 percent for all non-STEM occupations.

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 events.

BS Program at NUHS Gives Students an Edge

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 naturopathic physician.
 

Biomedical Science Students Explore Exercise Physiology

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 it.

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 children.

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"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.

Read course descriptions for the biomedical science program at NUHS.