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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology2020-06-12T14:07:05-05:00

Why choose Biochemistry & Molecular Biology?

Our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree is a combined degree offered through the Chemistry and Biology departments. This program prepares students for careers in the dynamic life science industry.  It is also ideal for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in graduate, medical, dental or pharmacy schools.

ACS Certification in Biochemistry

Our American Chemical Society approved option is the most comprehensive program available. If you are working toward an advanced degree in chemistry, biochemistry or planning a career in the chemical industry, Missouri Western’s ACS track in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is strongly recommended.

American Chemical Society



Graduates often go on to attain one of our masters degrees in chemistry or industrial life science. Others can be found in Ph.D. programs at the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois, Baylor College of Medicine and more.



Missouri Western graduates can be found working in the laboratories of many regional life science employers in the Kansas City and St. Joseph area including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Midwest Research Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Two students working in the chemistry lab

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the departments of Biology and Chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for graduate level education or careers in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and related biotechnology fields.

General Studies
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 410Molecular Cell Biology4
or BIO 430 Molecular Basis of Disease
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 340Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences4-5
or CHE 383/384 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
CHE 470Biochemistry II3
CHE 495Seminar in Chemistry2
Select one of the following:8-10
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
Select one of the following:5-6
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation
and Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Integration
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Select a minimum of twelve credit hours from Biology or Chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher. 112

ACS Certification in Biochemistry

Students are eligible to receive certification in the area of Biochemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) if the following course work is completed.

Certification Requirements
CHE 383
CHE 384
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Thermodynamics and Kinetics
PHY 210
PHY 211
University Physics I
and University Physics II
CHE 312
CHE 313
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 381
CHE 382
Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4-5
or CHE 426 Instrumental Methods
CHE 441Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
MAT 177Calculus with Analytic Geometry II5

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 Chemistry Department.

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