Undergraduate Degrees

The Biological Sciences Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis areas in Secondary Education and Pre-medicine.

All biological sciences students are required to take basic courses in introductory biology, biodiversity, cellular biology, evolution, genetics and ecology. The Bachelor of Science curriculum requires two semesters of higher-level math courses, including Calculus I and Biostatistics, while the Bachelor of Arts curriculum requires College Algebra and Biostatistics. 

Students working on a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in pre-med are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take a number of human anatomy and physiology courses to prepare them for med school, while students working on a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in secondary education are required to student teach at a public school for one semester before receiving their degree.

Degrees Offered


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Minors offered

The biological sciences department offers three minors:

  • Biological sciences – Students minoring in biological sciences must take a minimum of 20 hours of biological sciences course work, and at least seven hours of advanced coursework to be chosen in consultation with their advisor.
  • Bioinformatics – Students majoring in biological sciences are encouraged to pursue a minor in bioinformatics – a rapidly developing field that applies computational methods to address biological questions, and includes new advances in computer science, mathematics and biology.
  • Biomedical Engineering -- Core courses used toward a student's major degree requirements cannot be used for the minor degree program in BME.  Elective courses used toward a student's major degree requirements or another minor degree program cannot be used unless they are approved by the biomedical engineering program committee.  
  • Pre-medicine – Students completing the pre-medicine minor curriculum will have completed all requirements for admission to most medical, dental, veterinary and health professions programs. This minor is not intended for students majoring in chemistry, biological sciences or chemical and biochemical engineering, all of which offer a pre-medicine approved curriculum.
  • Sustainability -- This minor has applications in the management of natural resources, such as energy and agriculture, and also in the development of businesses and engineering solutions.  This multi-disciplinary undergraduate minor will prepare students to evaluate efficient energy and materials usage, and greenhouse gas emissions in a global society.  Any undergraduate student at Missouri S&T can pursue a sustainability minor.