Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Core Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Evolutionary Ecology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
MAT 132Elementary Statistics3
PHY 110College Physics I4
Option Requirements
Select one of the following options:21-26
Major in Biology
Zoology Concentration
Botany Concentration
Health Science Concentration

Major in Biology Option

Organismal Diversity
Select three courses from at least two of the following areas:12
Area 1:
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Entomology
Area 2:
Plant Systematics
Plant Morphology
Area 3:
Microbiology
Medical Parasitology
Physiology
BIO 311Animal Physiology4
or BIO 340 Plant Physiology
Biology Electives
Select an additional six credit hours of upper-division Biology courses6
Total Credit Hours22

Botany Concentration Option

Organismal Diversity
BIO 350Plant Systematics4
BIO 351Local Flora2
BIO 407Plant Morphology4
BIO 455Entomology4
Physiology
BIO 340Plant Physiology4
Biology Electives
Select an additional four credit hours of upper-division Biology courses4
Total Credit Hours22

Zoology Concentration Option

Organismal Diversity
Select 2 courses from each of the following 2 areas:16
Area 1:
Invertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Entomology
Area 2:
Ornithology
Herpetology
Vertebrate Biology
Mammalogy
Physiology
BIO 311Animal Physiology4
Biology Electives
Select an additional 1-4 credit hours of upper-division Biology courses1-4
Total Credit Hours21-24

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. 

Health Science Electives
Select 5 of the following courses:20-21
Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Physiology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Immunology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Molecular Biology
Virology
Science Electives
Select an upper-division Biology or Chemistry course(s)1-5
Total Credit Hours21-26

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 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.