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Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences: Early Matriculation Partners Program

Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences: Early Matriculation Partners Program2018-04-24T16:04:45-05:00

Missouri Western students have the opportunity to be selected into the Partners Program with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB). This program is designed for outstanding students interested in Osteopathic Medicine to enter KCUMB following their junior year. Following successful completion of the first year of medical school at KCUMB, appropriate credits will be transferred to MWSU and students will be awarded a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Biology/Health Science concentration. Students will be selected in the sophomore year based on the following criteria: 1) ACT score- 28 minimum, 2) Freshman year academic performance (minimum 3.25 GPA/3.50 Science GPA), 3) Community service, 4) Extracurricular activities, 5) Physician shadowing experiences, 6) Knowledge of and dedication to the field of osteopathic medicine.

To be considered, students must make application to the committee no later than the advertised deadline, typically November 1, of the fall semester of the sophomore year. Selection of qualified applicants will be made by the Missouri Western Health Professions Advisory Committee following an interview. Selected students will then interview during a regular interview day at KCUMB. Final selection into the Partners Program is made by the KCUMB Admissions Committee. Selected students must declare a Biology/Health Science Emphasis major at Missouri Western and complete the following academic requirements by the end of the junior year:

A minimum of 94 credits, including:
1. All MWSU general studies courses required for graduation
2. All MWSU Biology Major Core Requirements (see college catalog or department)
3. PHY 111 College Physics II (3)
4. A minimum of three of the following courses:

BIO 250 Human Anatomy and Physiology (5)
BIO 311 Animal Physiology (4)
BIO 390 Microbiology (4)
BIO 410 Molecular Cell Biology (4)
BIO 411 Developmental Biology (4)
BIO 417 Medical Parasitology (4)
BIO 421 Immunology (4)
BIO 430 Molecular Basis of Disease (4)

To remain in the Partners Program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 and a science GPA of 3.5 with all science classes earning a grade of “C” or above. Failure to maintain these academic standards will result in dismissal from the program. The MCAT will not be required for admission through this early matriculation Partners Program. However, selected students must attend a mandatory course conducted at KCUMB following the junior year and prior to matriculation. Additional details and application material can be obtained through the Missouri Western Department of Biology or by visiting http://www.kcumb.edu/programs/partner-programs.

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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 or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the biology department.

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