Biological Sciences
105 Schrenk Hall
400 W. 11th St.
Rolla, MO
(573) 341-4831
biosci@mst.edu

Biology Undergraduate Course Requirements

Courses of Study

I. Bachelor of Science

 130 total semester hours

   A. General Courses

        12 semester hours in Humanities, including English 20 and English 60

        9 semesters hours of Social Science, including at least one course dealing with the U.S. Constitution (History 112, 175, 176 or Political Science 90)

        2 semesters of Physics (21 or 31, 22, 25 or 35, 26)

        22 semester hours of Chemistry, including General Chemistry (Chem 1, 2, 3, 4), Biochemistry (Chem 361), and two semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs (Chem 221, 226, 223, 228)

        10 semester hours of Mathematics, to include Calculus I (Math 8 or 14)

     B. Biology Courses

        102 - Introduction to Biological Sciences (1 Credit)

        111 & 112 - Principles of Biology and Lab (5 Credits)

        113 & 114 - Biodiversity (4 Credits)

        211 & 212- Cellular Biology and Lab (4 Credits)

        221 & 222 - Microbiology and Lab (5 Credits)


        231 - General Genetics (3 Credits)


        251 - Ecology (3 Credits)


        310 - Seminar (1 Credit)

        20 Semester hours of Advanced Biology Electives or approved advanced coursework in other science or engineering disciplines.

 Advanced Biology Electives include:

218 - Plant Biology

235 - Evolution

241 - Human Anatomy


242 - Human Physiology

243 - Human Physiology Lab


300 - Independent Study


311 - Bioinformatics


315 - Developmental Biology

321 - Pathogenic Microbiology


327 - Plant Physiology


331 - Molecular Genetics


332 - Molecular Genetics Lab


340 - Biomaterials I


342 - Exercise Physiology


345 - Comparative Chordate Anatomy


352 - Biological Effects of Radiation


354 - Freshwater Ecology


358 - Advanced Biodiversity

361 - Cell Physiology


370 - Toxicology

390 - Undergraduate Research


391 - Virology

301 - Tissue Engineering

301 - Environmental Microbiology

301 - Environmental Microbiology Lab

301 - Genomics

301 - Cellular Neurobiology

301 - Pharmacology

301 - Cancer Cell Biology

301 - Global Ecology

Other Approved Advanced Courses in Science or Engineering 

 

 

II. Bachelor of Arts

 120 semester hours

  A. General Courses

        18 semester hours in Humanities, including English 20 and English 60

        18 semester hours of Social Science, including at least one course dealing with U.S. Constitution (History 112, 175, 176 or Political Science 90)

        11 semester hours Foreign Language

        17 semester hours of Chemistry, including General Chemistry (Chem 1, 2, 3, 4) and two semesters of Organic Chemistry (Chem 221 and 223)

        9 semester hours of Mathematics and Physical Science (Proficiency in College Algebra must be demonstrated by a grade of "C" or better in a College Algebra course or by examination)

        3 semester hours of Computer Science or Statistics

  B. Biology Courses

        102 - Introduction to Biological Sciences (1 Credit)

        111 & 112 - Principles of Biology and Lab (5 Credits)


        113 & 114 - Biodiversity (4 Credits)

        211 & 212- Cellular Biology and Lab (4 Credits)

        231 - Genetics (3 Credits)


        251 - Ecology (3 Credits)


        310 - Seminar (1 Credit)

        9 Semester hours of Advanced Biology Electives or approved advanced coursework in other science or engineering disciplines. (See list above) 

 

III. Bachelor of Arts with a Pre-Medicine Emphasis

120 semester hours

The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts with a Pre-Medicine Emphasis are the same as for the Bachelor of Arts as described above with the following additional requirements:

        2 Semesters of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Chem 226 and 228)

        2 semesters of Physics with Laboratory (21 or 31, 22, 25 or 35, 26)

(NB: All students earning a B.S. in Biological Sciences will have completed the standard requirements for application to medical school.) 

 

 

IV. Bachelor of Arts-Biological Sciences Teacher Certificate Requirements

  A. General Courses

        21 semester hours in Humanities, including English 20 and English 60

        15 semester hours of Social Science, including at least one course dealing with U.S. Constitution (History 112, 175, 176 or Political Science 90)

        17 semester hours of Chemistry, including General Chemistry (Chem 1, 2, 3, 4) and two semesters of Organic Chemistry (Chem 221 and 223)

        9 semester hours of Mathematics and Physical Science (Proficiency in College Algebra must be demonstrated by a grade of "C" or better in a College Algebra course or by examination)

        3 semester hours of Computer Science or Statistics 

B. Biology Courses

     30 semester hours

        102 - Introduction to Biological Sciences (1 Credit)


        111 & 112 - General Biology and Lab (5 Credits)


        113 & 114 - Biodiversity (4 Credits)


        218 - Plant Biology (3 Credits)


        211 & 212 - Cellular Biology with Lab (4 Credits)


        231 - Genetics (3 Credits)


        251 - Ecology (3 Credits)


        History 275- History of Science (3 Credits)

        4 Semester hours of advanced elective coursework 

C. Education Courses

        42 Semester hours of Education coursework 

 

V. Biological Sciences Minor

A minor in Biological Sciences requires a minimum of 20 hours of Biological Sciences coursework, which normally includes Bio 110, 112, 211, and 212 and at least 7 hours of 300 level Biology coursework to be selected in consultation with a departmental advisor. Minors should declare their intentions prior to the start of their junior year. 

 

VI. Bioinformatics Minor

Students majoring in Biological Sciences are eligible to pursue a minor in bioinformatics. Contact the Biological Sciences department for more information