Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree is a combined degree offered through the Chemistry and Biology Departments. A Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology prepares graduates for entry-level work in areas such as life science industry or entry into graduate schools. It is also ideal for students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in graduate, medical, dental or pharmacy schools. Students have the option to earn this degree with American Chemical Society (ACS) certification, allowing them to graduate college with professional certification.
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.
Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.
|Students must complete General Studies courses
|Principles of Organismal Biology
|Principles of Cell Biology
|Molecular Cell Biology
|or BIO 430
|Molecular Basis of Disease
|General Chemistry I
|General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis
|Organic Chemistry I
|Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
|Foundations of Physical Chemistry
|Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
|College Physics I
|College Physics II
|Select one of the following:
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (No Certification)
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ACS Certification)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (No Certification)
|Select a minimum of twelve credit hours from Biology or Chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ACS Certification)
Students are eligible to receive certification in the area of Biochemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS) if the following course work is completed.
& CHE 313
|Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
|Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
|Advanced Physical Chemistry
|Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
|or MAT 287
Program Graduation Requirement
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
University Graduation Requirements
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- 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.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.