The undergraduate study program for a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences lasts three years and aims to provide students with knowledge of human biology in its various forms and of its expression in the normal and abnormal functioning of the human body. The Teaching Division prepares students for further academic studies and research towards Master’s and doctoral degrees in all branches of life sciences and medicine at higher education institutions in Israel and worldwide. Graduates are also trained for professions requiring broad knowledge of human biology, such as work in research laboratories and diagnostic laboratories in hospitals, health funds, the Ministry of Health, the pharmaceutical industry, and biotechnology industries. The program also provides training for administrative work in institutions and organizations that require premedical background and knowledge.
Candidates with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences are accepted into training programs for teachers of biology.
Currently 150 credits are required to complete the program. According to a decision of the Curriculum Committee, approximately top 93% of the graduating students’ grades are used to calculate their GPA. Students receive a detailed explanation of the degree completion requirements.
The first-year curriculum includes statistics, basic courses in natural sciences (chemistry, physics, physical chemistry), and basic courses in the structure of the human body (anatomy), human biology, biochemistry, and experience with selected research methods in the genetics and biochemistry of proteins.
The second-year curriculum includes expanded courses on the structure and function of the human brain, cellular physiology, molecular biology, metabolic and physiological biochemistry, microbiology, histology, and practical experience in molecular biology.
The third-year curriculum includes courses in pharmacology, embryology, human genetics, human physiology, and basic tools in bioinformatics and immunology.
From the second year onward, elective courses in various branches of natural sciences, life and medical sciences, and experience in laboratory research work are included. This allows students to expand their areas of interest.
Terms for advancing from one year to the next: a passing grade (60) in every course (unless otherwise specified in the course syllabus) and a GPA of at least 60.
Note: Every year students must pass examinations in all mandatory courses of that year.
List of Undergraduate Courses in Medical Sciences (B.Sc.Med.)
69101 Physical Chemistry for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
69118 Organic Chemistry for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
69132 General Chemistry for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
69160 Chemistry Lab. For Bio-Medical Sciences Students
77112 Electricity, Waves and Optics - for Med. Stud
77188 Mechanics for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
80126 Basic Calculus
94606 The Medical Library
94607 Statistics for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
94612 Introduction to Human Anatomy
94625 Human Biology (Cellular and developmental)
94627 Introduction to General Genetics
94650 Structure and Function of Biomolecules
94674 Selected Methods in Genetics and Protein Biochemistry
Exemption from the General Chemistry course (69132)
Exemption is granted to graduates of expanded courses in chemistry completed within the framework of the pre-academic preparatory program of the Hebrew University, with a grade of 85 or above.
Exemption from the course in Physics-Mechanics (77188)
Exemption is granted to:
- Graduates of expanded courses in physics within the framework of the pre-academic preparatory program of the Hebrew University, with a minimum grade of 85, provided that the studies took place in the year preceding the application to the Faculty.
- Graduates of the summer course within the framework of the pre-academic preparatory program of the Hebrew University, with an expansion of at least 8 hours
and a minimum grade of 85.
Exemption from the course in Basic Calculus (80126)
Exemption is granted to:
- Students who achieved a grade of at least 85 on the 5-unit matriculation exam in mathematics or a grade of at least 90 on the 4-unit matriculation exam in mathematics.
- Students who in the last two years completed a mathematics course at the Hebrew University within the framework of the Natural Science track of the pre-academic preparatory program, with a minimum grade of 85.
- Students who within the last two years have graduated from the Natural Science track of the preparatory school for overseas students of the Hebrew University and achieved a grade of 85 or above in course number 48088.
- Students who have completed a summer course at the pre-academic preparatory program with a grade of at least 85.
First-year students are advised to acquire on their own skills in MS-Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point) before the beginning of their studies or in the course of the first year, because they will be required to submit printed papers, presentations, etc. as part of their projects. The computer support staff of the Medical Faculty will assist students if necessary.
As a rule, administrative processing of students is carried out at the Faculty of Medicine, except for handling of requests regarding courses of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (exemptions, special dates, etc.), which should be submitted through the office of the Teaching Division of Biomedical Sciences to the office of the Faculty of Sciences.
94609 General Histology for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
94101 Human Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology
94605 Physiology A for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
94608 Physiology for Bio-Medical Sciences Students - Lab
94623 Microbiology- Lab
94664 Introduction to Applied Molecular Biology
94668 Biochemistry- Gene Sructure and Expression
94673 Metabolic and Physiologic Biochemistry
94610 B. Sc. Seminar
94622 Human Genetics
94624 Immunology for Bio-Medical Sciences Students
94634 The Fundamentals of Embryonic Development
94639 Human Physiology B
94682 Principles in Pharmacology
94665 Bioinformatics: Basic Sequence Analysis Tools
94611 Experience in a Research
Courses in life sciences and medicine taught within the framework of the Bachelor and Master’s programs of the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Natural Sciences, or the other faculties of the Hebrew University, towards the completion of a total of 150 credits for the degree. Ten of these credits can be earned by courses from outside of life sciences and medicine (the "Cornerstones" (avnei pina) program). Most courses are designed for third-year students, unless otherwise specified.
Some courses are offered once every two years. Before registering for a course, make sure that it will take place.
List of elective courses
64302 Biotechnology Management
64752 Medicinal Plants in Modern Medicine
64880 Genetic Engineering in The Development of Drugs
64885 Brain Metabolism and Energy
72359 Biology of Fungi
72501 Microbial Ecology
72527 Undergraduate Seminar: Molecular Microbiology
72651 Molecular Biology of Animal Cells
72664 Molecular Biology of Bacteria and Bacteriophages
72669 Molecular Biology of Viruses
72671 Special Topics in Parasitic Protozoa
72672 Biological Aspects of Medical Entomology
72687+72677 Bioinformatics-Computerized Analysis of Biomolecules Sequences + Lab
72679 Applied Microbiology
72707 Molecular Signaling in Prokaryotes
72745 Molecular Biology as a Basis for Gene Therapy
75122 Human Growth and Development
75202 System Histology B
75306 Pathopsychology and Medical Psychology
81806 System Biology of Transcription
81808 Computer Analysis of Genomic Data
81813+81855 Workshop in Structural Biology
81817+81821 Structure and Function of Proteins
81822 Microbiology - a Centenary of Perspective
81852 Computational Processing and Visualization of Biological and Medical Data
81864 Biotechnolagy and Environment Sciences
81865 From Networks to Molecules: Experimental and Computational Approaches for the Study of Protein Interactions
94104 Pathogenesis of Birth Defects (Seminar)
94305 Channels and Transporters: From Gene to Mechanism
94407 Physiology and Pathophysiology of Heat Stress
94412 New Molecular Insights in Renal Diseases
94621 Studies in Biochemistry
94628 Viruses Inducing Cancer
94630 From the Receptor to The Gene
94631 Hallmarks of Cancer
94646 Clinical Genetics
94661 Selected Research Projects in Bio-Medical Sciences.
94662 Comparative Developmental Biology of Marine Organisms
94667 Stem Cells
94675 Molecular Genetics of Prokaryotes
94676 From Cell to Tissue : Advanced Cell Biology
94677 Cell Cultures as Models for Signaling Contribution to the Development of Targeted Therapy
94678 Scientific Writing Workshop
94679 Genetic Engineering of Bactria and Phages
94680 Introduction to Matlab as a Research Tool
94681 Advanced Imaging Methods for Preclinical Researc
94704 Liposomes: Theory and Application
94803 Molecular Mechanisms of Aging
94809 Genetic Aspects of Neoplastic Transformation
94813 Medicine in Judaism
94818 Aspects of Culture and Medicine
94821 Introduction to Gerontology
94838 Selected Topics in Nutrition
94843 Adhesion Molecules and Cell Recognition
94848 Selected Topics in Neurogenetics
94849 Regulation of Gene Experssion in the Endocrine System
94851 Selected Topics in Endocrinology of Human Reproduction
94853 Human Endocrinology
94857 Biological Approaches to Cancer Therapy
94858 Metabolic Syndrome
94859 Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission
94864 Mitochondria: Molecular; Metabolic and Medical Aspects
94926 Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
98105 Mechanisims of Pain Perception and Perpetuation
98121 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Neuro-Imaging
98122 Development of the Nervous System – Cellular and Molecular Aspects
98123 Psychiatry Neuropsychiatry and Immunology
98501 Environmental+Genetic Influences on Neurobehavior
98817 Neurons and Networks in the Mammalian Motor System
98819 Open Questions and Research Methodologies in Neurosciences
98822 The Biology of Aging and Degenerative Brain Diseases
98825 Demyelination Diseases and Regeneration in the CNS
98827 Highlights of Neurological Sciences: Basic and Clinical Aspects