A degree in biological sciences can lead you down a number of successful career paths, including health, teaching, research, pharmacy and environmental science – just to name a few.



Our program provides ample opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in research – from using fruit flies to determine why individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease develop sleep deprivation, to discovering hydrogen-producing bacterium that might one day be used as an alternative fuel source.  Find more information on how to get involved here.

Research interest areas include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Cell biology
  • Energetics
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Plant evolution
  • Sleep
  • Stem cell biology
  • Toxicology


Please read our departmental newsletters or our recent annual reports to learn more about our students, faculty and staff. You can also visit and like our Facebook page to follow the latest updates. Our department also provides a 2017 Success Guide for our students with useful information for everyone majoring in biological sciences.

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Life changers

Katie Payne- future M.D.

Story: Mary Helen Stoltz

Photo: Sam O'Keefe

Katie Payne, the daughter of a logger and a school teacher, knew she wanted to make a big impact on the world, but it took an anatomy class at Cuba (Mo.) High School to guide her decision to go into medicine.

“When I started telling people I wanted to be a doctor, because I come from a small town with no family background in healthcare, their first reaction was to tell me how unpractical this was,” says Payne, a 2014 biological science graduate of Missouri S&T.

Her choice to attend Missouri S&T started out as an economical one, but when she saw how caring the faculty were, and started on her first research project, she knew she was in the right place.