The Honors Biomedical Sciences (HBS) Program is a rigorous Bachelor of Science degree for highly qualified students pursuing a career in healthcare. Created in partnership with the University of Texas-McGovern and University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, it offers students a robust curriculum, with honors-level math and science classes along with the built-in Medicine & Society minor. Such coursework exposes HBS students not only to valuable research experience in the hard sciences, but also interdisciplinary work in the medical humanities that will encourage a deeper understanding of issues of health and disease from a variety of perspectives: social, historical, cultural, ethical, and more.
While housed in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, HBS is the only major at the University of Houston in which students are also required to be members of the Honors College.
From the foundational Human Situation course sequence to Honors courses in Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, the Medicine & Society minor, and more, its curriculum is designed to produce skilled communicators and critical thinkers engaged with both immediate and larger issues of medicine and illness -- resulting in well-rounded, competitive health professions candidates. For more details on the HBS curriculum, please refer to the HBS Degree Plan.
For more information on Medicine & Society please click here.
To major in HBS:
- High School GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum ACT Score of 31 or
a 1430on the SAT
- Complete the Honors Biomedical Sciences Application
August 1st – Apply Texas and Common Application for the University of Houston open, and the application to the Honors College.
August 6th – Honors Biomedical Science Application Opens
February 22nd – Honors Biomedical Science Application Closes
April 19th – Scholars Invitational (Mandatory New Student Orientation)