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Program Overview

Program Overview

With a Lipscomb M.S. degree in Biomolecular Science, you will be better positioned for admission into health related professional school or an advanced career in research.  You will graduate from our faith-based program prepared for your future and a successful career. 

Our Biomolecular Science program emphasizes an understanding of the application of experimental research to medicine. Students will complete courses both in the lab and in the classroom. Current primary literature based courses include “Cancer Biology”, “Clinical Research”, “Immunology”, “Cellular Molecular Physiology”, “Stem Cell Biology” and others. Choose a concentration in either Human Disease or Laboratory Research, and we will give you the experience, opportunities and skills necessary to stand out. 

Whatever your ultimate career goal, be it clinical or laboratory in nature, the Lipscomb BMS program and faculty will provide you the guidance, education and experience necessary to ensure that you are a strong applicant and valuable asset in a growing market.

Program Outcomes

Our established program with over 10 years experience has produced students with a proven track record of success.

  • 77% of our pre-med grads are accepted to medical school
  • 90% acceptance to Ph.D. programs

Not going to med school right away? This program is an excellent addition for your medical school application. It also serves as a great boost to your professional resume and future employment opportunities.

Other graduates from our program have achieved their goals and become dentists, started their own biotech companies, found success in medical sales and clinical research. 

Why earn a degree at Lipscomb?

Lipscomb University is located in the heart of Nashville, providing our students with healthcare and research opportunities both while in the program and beyond. Let Lipscomb’s Career Development Center help you improve your resumes, give you a mock interview and connect you with local job or shadowing opportunities to gain valuable experience in your chosen field. If you hope to progress onto a health related professional school, Lipscomb’s Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) office can help revise your personal statement and provide valuable counseling to help strengthen your application.

With an average cohort size of less than 15, you'll get the attention you crave and deserve from proven faculty who are not only extensively published and performing cutting-edge research but are passionate about mentoring students. Our faculty are deeply committed to your academic, professional and spiritual preparation throughout the program and beyond.
Our research based program will provide you experience that will help you stand out as an applicant for a professional program while also providing you a marketable degree that you can leverage to gain an exciting career following graduation.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application

  2. Official transcripts from all schools attended
  3. 3.0 GPA
  4. 1-2 page Personal Statement 
  5. Resume or CV
  6. The ideal candidate has undergraduate lab experiences, courses in cell or molecular biology, infectious disease and statistics, an average GPA of at least a 3.2 and a test score above the 50th percentile.

Priority deadlines

Fall, spring and summer cohorts:

  • Fall — July 1 
  • Spring — November 1 
  • Summer — April 1 
    • We do still consider applications received after the application deadline. However, you risk being put on the waitlist for that cohort.
Courses

Courses

All students in this program must complete the following Biomolecular Science courses:

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is $1,080 per credit hour.

Types of Aid

11

Month program

Program Highlights

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Alumni and Student Stories

Jazmine S. ('19)

“When I was accepted into the Biomolecular Science master’s program, I initially planned to become a competitive dental applicant. What I didn’t know was that during this process, in Dr.G’s words “I would become a scientist”. Not only did the BMS program allow me to become a competitive applicant and later be accepted into all the dental schools I applied to, it also allowed me to advance my overall knowledge of science and it helped me discover a love for research. This experience was a huge stepping stone to living out my dream to be a dentist."

Jaclyn C. ('17)

“The program in its entirety taught me how to be confident in myself, as well as in my knowledge. I learned a wide array of research techniques and how to effectively apply those in an independent lab. When I talk about this program to anyone who will listen, the most important thing I want to share is that Lipscomb is family and the faculty cares about each of their students. This family pushed me to pursue my dream when even I didn’t believe it was possible. Before this program I had been rejected from PA school twice, but now because of what the program has done for me I am able to say that I will be entering into medical school.”

Etherton J. ('18)

“The journey to be an MD has seemed less daunting because of the acquired independence and investigative skills that I had to apply to be successful in this program. I can look back at all the hours I spent preparing for a short presentation just to make it the way I wanted it, and that is not the dedication I had prior to this program. This program has been the growing experience that I needed to be able to succeed and go to medical school. If I have learned only one thing in this program, it is that if you want something, YOU have to put in the time for it.”

Charles Lanman (’16)

Lanman’s research in genetics and computational biology has led him on a quest to develop custom health, nutrition, fitness and wellness programs through the exploration of an individual’s DNA. The result? The launch of HealthCodes DNA.

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Lindsay Davison (’17, ’18)

Davison was one of the co-authors of a study on the effects of progeria on mice. Progeria, a rare genetic disease that causes accelerated aging, is one of the leading causes of heart disease among humans.

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Student-to-faculty ratio

Our Faculty

  • Bonny Millimaki headshot

    Bonny Millimaki

    Associate Professor and Director of the Biomolecular Science

    Bonny Millimaki is an associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University in...

    Meet Bonny Millimaki
  • Amanda Williams headshot

    Amanda Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Amanda Williams was raised in Providence, Kentucky. She met her husband, Rick, at the Green Hills Starbucks when they were both college students at Lipscomb (B.S., Biology). Upon graduation, she...

    Meet Amanda Williams
  • Jon Lowrance headshot

    Jon Lowrance

    Department Chair - Biology

    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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  • Florah Mhlanga headshot

    Florah Mhlanga

    Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Science

    Florah Mhlanga serves as the Associate Dean and Professor of Biology the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Lipscomb University. She also serves as the Director of the Lipscomb...

    Meet Florah Mhlanga
  • Brian Ellis headshot

    Brian Ellis

    Assistant Professor

    After completing my Ph.D. studying viral delivery systems for carrying targeted gene therapy components in the lab of Matt Porteus (now at Stanford), I went on to do postdoctoral research...

    Meet Brian Ellis
  • Kyle Brawner headshot

    Kyle Brawner

    Assistant Professor

    Kyle Brawner joined the Lipscomb Biology Department in August 2020 as an assistant professor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Lipscomb in 2012 and his Ph.D....

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Career Paths

Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis.

Doctors

Doctors are in charge of all aspects of patient care from diagnosis to treatment plan. Any area of expertise is a helpful aid for this responsibility.


Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.