A Bachelor of Science 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.


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. Our students go on to be teachers, researchers, doctors, dentists, conservationists, ecologists, environmentalists, paleontologists and so much more. Being a biology major leads to numerous opportunities for lab and field research, teaching assistant positions, and presenting and publishing original research.

Microbiology students in a lab

The 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
General Studies
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
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
Molecular Cell Biology
Animal Physiology
Introduction to Paleontology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Development of Federal Wildlife Law
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Biology Internship 1
Molecular Basis of Disease
Plant Physiology
Independent Research/Project 1
Aquatic Ecology
Total Credit Hours24

No more than four credit hours combined of BIO 420, BIO 425, and BIO 450.

Health Science

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
Molecular Cell Biology
Animal Physiology
Developmental Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Science Electives:
Select three to four credit hours of biology or chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher 13-4

 No more than four credit hours combined of BIO 420, BIO 425, and BIO 450.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (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. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. 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.