Our undergraduate curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and the principles of scientific discovery; the essential tools to prepare you for advanced study or direct entry into the workplace. From conservation to medicine, an undergraduate degree in biology lays a solid groundwork for success. Together with advisers and faculty, you will identify your goals and interests and design the academic program to best meet those goals.
General education requirements are the same for all students seeking a degree in biology at the School of Biological Sciences. Students may pursue programs of study leading to the following degrees:
Exclusive Access to Professional Courses
In the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Emphasis program, you’ll have access to classes otherwise reserved for UMKC’s six-year medical degree curriculum and the opportunity to learn from medical professionals.
As a BMS Emphasis student, you’ll take part in courses that introduce you to the fundamentals of medicine and seminars offering exploration of health care professions. In addition, you’ll participate in facilitated shadowing experiences with professionals in the field.
Medical School Readiness
This program will give you the rigorous training to prepare yourself for medical school entrance at UMKC or elsewhere. You will also be prepared for dental school, pharmacy school and numerous other grad/professional health sciences programs.
The BMS Emphasis program begins the third year of undergraduate study. Students may apply at the end of their sophomore year and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
During the first three years of the program you will be completing those prerequisites at UMKC that prepare you for admission into the clinical program. UMKC’s School of Biological Sciences is currently affiliated with the schools of clinical laboratory science at both St. Luke’s and North Kansas City Hospitals. Admission into the hospital programs is competitive, and although our students receive preferential consideration, admission into the clinical program is not guaranteed. As a student pursuing a B.S. in Biology degree with an emphasis in clinical laboratory science, you will be eligible upon completion of your clinical year (senior year) to take the national certification examination. Should a student not gain entrance into the hospital program, they can complete course work during their senior year at UMKC to satisfy the requirements for the B.A. or B.S. in Biology degrees.
This instructional program fully prepares individuals for admission to a professional school in medicine, including allopathic, osteopathic or podiatric medicine programs. By completing the requirements of the bachelor of science in biology with the cellular and molecular basis of health and disease emphasis, students will complete all of the minimum prerequisites and the upper level biology electives which are highly recommended by most medical schools.
The courses selected provide a foundation of knowledge in modern cellular and molecular biology, essential for understanding medical science. The curriculum of general education and biology majors courses, combined with the mathematics, chemistry and physics components, provides the background essential to understanding the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Through proper planning with a School of Biological Sciences adviser, biology majors can use their electives and general education requirements to complete the healing and humanities minor.
This instructional program incorporates courses from biology, computer science and mathematics. Students will obtain skills for the analysis of complex data, extraction of information from genomic and proteomic databases, and the design and development of software and algorithms to support these activities.
The curriculum of general education and biology majors courses, combined with the mathematics, chemistry and physics components is designed to provide undergraduate students with a clear program for the undergraduate background needed for a career in bioinformatics or to provide them with a solid, biologically oriented curriculum to pursue graduate level research in this area.
Our combined bachelor’s and master’s degree option is a unique, accelerated program for motivated students interested in graduate or professional schools or in entering the biological sciences workforce. Students are encouraged to enroll in the program as early as possible, preferably before their sophomore year. It is essential that students pursuing this fast paced program work closely with their adviser every semester for proper selection of courses. Successful students will complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree in 3 1/2 years and begin graduate level courses for a master’s degree during the spring semester of their fourth year. They complete the combined B.S. in Biology / M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology in a total of five years.
Students interested in more information on this program can contact Tammy Welchert, Student Services Coordinator in the School of Biological Sciences.