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A degree in Biology provides a strong foundation in science while allowing you to tailor a focus to match  your interests. It is ideal for students seeking a career as a professional biologist or researcher or planning to apply to graduate school, medical, dental or veterinary medicine school.

CONCENTRATIONS

General Biology students study life and living organisms, including their physical and chemical structure, function, development and evolution. A degree in Biology opens opportunities in hundreds of areas. Biology students go on to be teachers, researchers, doctors, dentists, conservationists, ecologists, environmentalists, paleontologists and so much more. Being a biology majors leads to numerous opportunities for lab and field research, teaching assistant positions, and presenting and publishing original research.

Microbiology students in a lab

The Department of Biology is committed to providing a collaborative learning environment where students can study all forms of life at the molecular, organismal and population levels. The Biology Major with Concentration in Zoology encompasses courses that focus on the structure, development, evolution, classification, behaviors, and ecology of animals, both living and extinct. Biology graduates with a concentration in Zoology may go on to careers in areas such as the life science industries, research institutes, zoos and aquaria, conservation management agencies and education, as well as graduate and professional schools.

Student holding a bird

The Department of Biology is committed to providing a collaborative learning environment where students can study all forms of life at the molecular, organismal, and population levels. Undergraduates interested in studying plant biology can choose our Biology Major with Concentration in Botany, encompassing course-work, hands-on applied laboratories and field explorations designed to focus on areas of plant biology such as plant anatomy morphology, physiology and eco-physiology, evolution, taxonomy, diversity and species conservation at regional and global levels. A degree in Biology with Concentration in Botany is an excellent credential for a wide variety of field and laboratory-based careers, graduate degrees or professional opportunities, including: plant science and biotechnology, pharmacology, energy, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, agri-business, environmental journalism, science policy, and education.

Student studying plant life

The Biology Major with a Concentration in Health Science is designed to prepare students for entry into graduate and professional schools in many medical fields, including medicine, veterinary, dental and more. We also have program agreements for early entry or pre-admission into select chiropractic, osteopathic and allopathic medical schools.

Two students, one looking in a microscope

Student looking in a microscope

Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4
MAT 111Introductory Statistics3-4
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
Option Requirements
Select one of the following options:24-25
Major in Biology
Zoology Concentration
Botany Concentration
Health Science Concentration

Major in Biology Option

Select 24 additional credit hours from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following:24
Plant Morphology
History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Development of Federal Wildlife Law
Pathophysiology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Immunology
Biology Internship 1
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Plant Physiology
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Concentrations:
Botany
Zoology
Health Science

Botany Concentration Option

Select twenty-four credits from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following areas:24
Biology Concentration Courses:16
Plant Morphology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Plant Physiology
Entomology
Biology Electives:8
Select an additional eight credit hours of upper-division Biology courses, not used to fulfill the Botany Concentration course area above 1

Zoology Concentration Option

Select a minimum of twenty-four credit hours from the following:24
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Biology Internship 1
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Health Science Concentration Option

The courses required for this concentration should prepare the student interested in a health and preprofessional program to apply and, if admitted, to succeed in the health professional program of their choice. Students selecting the Health Science concentration must be aware that additional courses may be needed to complete the admission requirements for the health professional program that they are interested in. 

Select a minimum of twenty-four credit hours from the following areas:24-25
Health Science Electives:20-21
Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Physiology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Immunology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Science Electives:
Select three to four credit hours of biology or chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher 13-4

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Biology Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.