BS in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Medical Science and Human Biology

Begin Admitting Spring 2020. 

Degree Program Description

The emphasis in Medical Science and Human Biology will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond the BS in Biological Science by allowing them to take additional coursework that will help them on post baccalaureate examinations and entry to a variety of professional programs including pre-med, veterinary medicine and health sciences.     

Major Program Requirements

Department Level Requirements must be completed in addition to all university requirements, including general education, and the degree requirements below.

Major Core Requirements Biology
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO_SC 3400Evolution and Ecology3
or BIO_SC 4600 Evolution
BIO_SC 3750
BIO_SC 3760
General Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4-5
or MICROB 3200 Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Capstone: Select from the following
BIO_SC 4950
BIO_SC 4952
Undergraduate Research in Biology
and Undergraduate Research in Biology
2-6
BIO_SC 4972Developmental Biology3
BIO_SC 4976Molecular Biology3
BIO_SC 4978Cancer Biology3
BIO_SC 4982Human Inherited Diseases3
BIO_SC 4990Vertebrate Histology and Microscopic Anatomy5
BIO_SC 4994Senior Seminar (only specific sections)3
Electives:
BIOCHM 4270Biochemistry3
BIO_SC 3700Animal Physiology5
Ancillary Sciences
Chemistry (all courses required)
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2110Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 2130Organic Laboratory I2
Physical Sciences (select one set of courses)
PHYSCS 1210
1210
College Physics I
and College Physics I
8
PHYSCS 2750
PHYSCS 2760
University Physics I
and University Physics II
10
Mathmatical Sciences (select one calculus option and one statistics option)
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1400 Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences

For students who elect the Foreign Language Substitute, the existing track, Medicine, Health, and Society, will be required.

Behavioral Sciences Requirements
Choose 6 hours from the following:
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
PSYCH 2210Mind, Brain, and Behavior3
PSYCH 2220Drugs and Behavior3
PSYCH 2310Social Psychology3
PSYCH 2410Developmental Psychology3
PSYCH 2510Survey of Abnormal Psychology3
PSYCH 2810Human Sexuality3
SOCIOL 2200Social Inequalities3
In addition: students will need to choose 9 hours in two subject areas from the standard list available to all A&S students
Humanities and Fine Arts Requirements
Students will need to choose 12 hours in three subject areas from the standard list available to all A&S students, including at least one of the following courses:
PHIL 1150Introductory Bioethics3
PHIL 2400Ethics and the Professions3
PHIL 2440Medical Ethics3

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Semester Plan

NOTE: These plans are intended only as general guides. Courses outside Biology and Chemistry are provided only for illustrative purposes. Advanced credit or exemption from the Foreign Language requirement and/or advanced credit in non-science courses, along with the interests of each individual student will determine a final combination of courses in each semester that is unique for each student. Note also that the sample schedules in Semester 5 and beyond are left incomplete on purpose because each schedule should be highly individualized at that point.

Plan 1

A student that is exempt from MATH 1100

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 13204CHEM 13304
ENGLSH 10003BIO_SC 15005
Behavioral Sciences Course3Humanities Course (2000 level)**3
Social Sciences Course (MO State Law)3Social Science Course**3
Elective1-2 
 14-15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 21003CHEM 21103
BIO_SC 22004CHEM 21302
STAT 12003BIO_SC 23004
Foreign Language or Alternative Track3-4MATH 1400*See Grad Plan for Mathematical Sciences Option3
Elective1-2Foreign Language or Alternative Track3-4
 14-16 15-16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Biology Elective Lab (3000 level)5PHYSCS 12204
PHYSCS 12104Biology Elective3
Foreign Language or Alternative Track3-4Behavioral Science3
Elective3Humanities (2000 Level)3
 15-16 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Biology Capstone3Biology Elective- Writing Intensive3
Biology Diversity4Evolutionary Biology 3
Social Science (2000 level)3Humanities3
Humanities3Elective/FLA3
Writing Intensive Elective3Elective3
 16 15
Total Credits: 117-122

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Plan 2

A student that needs MATH 1100

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIO_SC 15005CHEM 13204
MATH 11003ENGLSH 10003
Behavioral Sciences Course3Humanities Course (2000 level)**3
Social Sciences Course (MO State Law)3Social Sciences Course**3
Elective1Elective1-2
 15 14-15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 13304CHEM 21003
BIO_SC 22004BIO_SC 23004
STAT 12003MATH 14003
Foreign Language or Alternative Track3-4Foreign Language or Alternative Track3-4
 Elective3
 14-15 16-17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Biology Elective Lab (3000 level)5PHYSCS 12104
CHEM 21103Biology Elective3
CHEM 21302Behavioral Science3
Foreign Language or Alternative Track3-4Humanities (2000 level)3
Elective 3 
 16-17 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Biology Capstone3Biology Elective- Writing Intensive3
PHYSCS 12204Evolutionary Biology3
Social Science (2000 level)3Biology Diversity4
Humanities3Elective/FLA3
Writing Intensive Elective3Humanities3
 16 16
Total Credits: 120-124

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For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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