By Wendy Sarubbi | April 2, 2012 12:51 pm

UCF will hand out a record number of undergraduate degrees to College of Medicine Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences majors this spring. The 234 Bachelor of Science degrees reflect a 21 percent increase from the spring 2011, reinforcing the fact that the biomedical sciences major is the second-most popular at UCF.

The excellence of the Burnett school students is reflected in the fact that 68 of the majors will receive honors degrees. “Our students are so good that they need a 3.82 to just be cum laude,” said Dr. Roseann White, associate director of the Burnett school.

The majority of UCF students admitted to medical and health professional schools are biomedical majors, said Dr. White. She added that students who switch their majors to biomedical sciences tell advisers that they are interested in fields such as human anatomy, endocrinology and neuroscience.

In addition to going to graduate, medical or dental schools, graduates also find work in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical fields. “All have a genuine interest in science and medicine,” Dr. White said.

The Burnett school graduation is scheduled for May 3. A total of 201 undergraduates are expected to receive degrees in biomedical sciences, 16 in biotechnology and 17 in medical laboratory sciences. Seven minors in biomedical sciences are also scheduled to be awarded.

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