Biotechnology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biotechnology is designed to prepare students for careers in the growing biotechnology industry in St. Joseph and beyond. Students with a B.S. degree in Biotechnology will be qualified to enter the workforce as bench scientists.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
Life Science Courses:
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 331Bioinformatics2
BIO 390Microbiology4
BIO 410Molecular Cell Biology4
or BIO 431 Molecular Biology
BIO 421Immunology4
Physical Science Courses:
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
MAT 132Elementary Statistics 13
PHY 110College Physics I4
Business & Ethics Courses:
GBA 210Business Statistics I 13
GBA 211Business Law I3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
PHL 230Ethics3
Select an additional six credit hours of upper-division Biology or Chemistry courses6

Students must select either MAT 132 Elementary Statistics (from Physical Science Courses) OR GBA 210 Business Statistics I (from Business & Ethics Courses).

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.