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 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
Approved statistics course3
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
History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Plant Physiology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Lichenology
Development of Federal Wildlife Law
Pathophysiology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Plant Morphology
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
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Botany Concentration Option

Select twenty-four credits from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following areas:24
Biology Concentration Courses:16
Plant Physiology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Lichenology
Plant Morphology
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
Molecular Biology
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.