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BIMS Directed Electives

This is a partial listing of approved biomedical sciences directed electives available to junior and senior students. These course hour requirements are specific to the 2014-2015 Catalog (Edition 137). If you have any questions concerning directed electives, please contact your academic advisor.

A student may choose 24 semester credit hours from the following:

  • ANSC 107 & 108: Intro to Animal Science w/Lab
  • ANSC 210: Companion Animal Science
  • ANSC 303: Principles of Animal Nutrition (NUTR 303)
  • ANSC 318: Feeds and Feeding
  • ANSC 320: Animal Nutrition and Feeding
  • BIMS 289: Special Topics
  • BIMS 392: Cooperative Education
  • BIMS 405: Mammalian Genetics (GENE 405)
  • BIMS 421: Advanced Human Genetics (GENE 421)
  • BIMS 452: Molecular and Transgenic experimental approaches in Mammalian Development (GENE 452)
  • BIMS 481: Seminar, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • BIMS 484: Biomedical Sciences Field Experience
  • BIMS 485 Directed Studies
  • BIMS 489: Special Topics, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • BIMS 491: Research Credit
  • BIMS 492: Cooperative Education
  • ENTO 208: Veterinary Entomology
  • ENTO 210: Global Public Health Entomology
  • ENTO 423: Medical Entomology
  • ENTO 431: The Science of Forensic Entomology
  • ENTO 432: Applied Forensic Entomology Lab
  • FSTC 326 & 327: Food Bacteriology w/Lab
  • GENE 431 & 432: Molecular Genetics w/Lab
  • URPN 370: Introduction to Health Systems Planning
  • VIBS 204: Food Toxicology & Safety
  • VIBS 277: Intro to Neuroscience (NRSC 277)
  • VIBS 343: Histology
  • VIBS 401: Developmental Neurotoxicology
  • VIBS 413: Intro to Epidemiology
  • VIBS 420: Computer Applications in Public Health Research
  • VIBS 432: Public Health Practices
  • VIBS 443: Biology of Mammalian Cells and Tissues
  • VIBS 450: Comparative Mammalian Neurology
  • VIBS 485: Directed Studies
  • VIBS 489: Special Topics, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • VIBS 491: Research Credit
  • VLCS 485: Directed Studies
  • VLCS 489: Special Topics, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • VLCS 491: Research Credit
  • VSCS 485: Directed Studies
  • VSCS 489: Special Topics, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • VSCS 491: Research Credit
  • VTPB 221: Great Diseases of the World [For 2014-2015 Catalog (Edition 137) only]
  • VTPB 301: Introduction to Wildlife Diseases (WFSC 327)
  • VTPB 407: Advanced Veterinary Microbiology Lab (3 hours only)
  • VTPB 408: Clinical Microbiology
  • VTPB 409: Introduction to Immunology
  • VTPB 410: Cell Mechanisms of Diseases
  • VTPB 415: Immunogenetics & Comparative Immunology
  • VTPB 421: Bacterial Diseases of Humans and Domestic Animals
  • VTPB 438: Virology
  • VTPB 452: Clinical Veterinary Mycology
  • VTPB 454: Principles of Ornamental Fish Health Management
  • VTPB 485: Directed Studies
  • VTPB 487: Parasitology
  • VTPB 489: Special Topics, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • VTPB 491: Research Credit
  • VTPP 401: History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe
  • VTPP 425: Pharmacology
  • VTPP 427: Biomedical Physiology II
  • VTPP 429: Introduction to Toxicology
  • VTPP 430: Lab in Toxicology
  • VTPP 438: Analysis of Genomic Signals
  • VTPP 485: Directed Studies
  • VTPP 489: Special Topics, Credit 1 to 4 hrs
  • VTPP 491: Research Credit
  • BIMS 484: Biomedical Sciences Field Experiences
    • 2 hours maximum per semester and only taken pass/fail
    • 6 hours maximum of combined 285, 484, and 485
  • 485 Directed Studies (Research)
    • Courses in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with 6 hours maximum of combined 285, 484, and 485.

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BIMS Writing Courses

BIMS majors are required to complete two writing courses for their degree.  These courses are one semester credit hour (SCH) and must be taken as satisfactory/unsatisfactory.  During the Fall 2013 semester, the BIMS writing courses changed course numbers and titles.

  • BIMS 481 #1: Seminar in the Biomedical Sciences (old) = VIBS 310: Biomedical Writing (new)
  • BIMS 481 #2: Seminar in the Biomedical Sciences (old) = VIBS 311: Biomedical Explorations through Narrative (new)

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Core Curriculum Courses

Students starting at Texas A&M during the Fall 2014 semester will be required to complete the new core curriculum as approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Students will have to complete the following core courses:

  • Communication - 6 hours
  • Language, Philosophy, and Culture - 3 hours
  • Creative Arts - 3 hours
  • American History - 6 hours
  • Government/Political Science - 6 hours
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

For a list of approved courses, please visit the Core Curriculum website (click here).

In addition to the Core Curriculum courses, students will also be required to complete the following:

  • International & Cultural Diversity (ICD) - 6 hours

For a list of approved courses, please visit the ICD website (click here).

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KINE 199 Course Descriptions

Students in the 2013-2014 Catalog and prior are required to complete two Kinesiology courses, KINE 198 and KINE 199 (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory).  A list of KINE 199 course descriptions can be found on this website: PEAP Course Descriptions.  If you have questions regarding a KINE 198 or 199 course, please contact the Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP).  Their contact information can be found here.

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Free Electives

Free electives may be selected from any course offered by the university with the following restrictions --

  • MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 130, and MATH 150 may not be used as free electives
  • No more than 6 hours combined of 285, 484, and 485 courses may be used in this program
  • No more than 9 hours of 489 courses may be used in this program
  • No more than 1 hour of KINE 198 and 1 hour of KINE 199 (S/U) may be used in this program (2013-2014 Catalog and prior)
  • No course can be used as an elective when the course content of the elective is essentially the same as, or lesser than, the subject matter of a required course in the degree plan
  • No MLSC, AERS, or NVSC course or one-hour seminar course may be used as an elective course.
  • Also excluded are CAEN 101/102, ANSC 400, and MUSC 250, 280, 282, 286, and 290.

No Courses other than KINE 199, BIMS 481, BIMS 484, VIBS 310, or VIBS 311 can be taken S/U to be used in the degree plan.