The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.
Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.
Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- Identify fundamental concepts in the biological sciences, including the relationship between structure and function at all levels of biological organization, evolution and the role of natural selection in the process, ecological relationships between organisms and their environment.
- Describe cellular structure and explain the major biochemical processes that occur in cells.
- Describe and explain the mechanisms of heredity and the flow of genetic information.
- Apply knowledge in basic mathematics, chemistry, and physics to solve biological problems.
- Employ techniques and procedures commonly used in modern biology laboratories.
- Analyze and critically evaluate scientific data.
- Write clearly about topics in the biological sciences for a peer or professional audience.
The B.S. degree program is a rigorous curriculum designed for students interested in preparing for graduate studies or a professional school, or pursuing entry level employment in a science-related field.
Students interested in pursuing undergraduate degree programs offered by the School of Biological Sciences are admitted through the UMKC Office of Admissions. Transfer and Readmitted students should contact the University admissions office and the School of Biological Sciences for information about transfer admissions and evaluation of transfer coursework. Transfer admission eligibility includes an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0 for all college-level coursework attempted at previous institutions, an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in courses used to fulfill School of Biological Sciences major requirements, and a University of Missouri Biology GPA of at least 2.0.
Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A 1||3|
|Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
Constitution Course Requirement
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process|
|U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1|
|Constitutional History of the United States|
|Honors American Government (Focus C) 1|
|American Government (Focus C) 1|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:
- Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
- Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
- Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
- Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
Biology Course Requirements
The following core courses are required:
|BIOLOGY 108||General Biology I (Focus B)||3|
|BIOLOGY 108L||General Biology I Laboratory||1|
|BIOLOGY 109||General Biology II (Focus B)||3|
|BIOLOGY 109L||General Biology II Laboratory||1|
|BIOLOGY 202||Cell Biology||3|
Biology Lab Requirements
Two of the following laboratory courses are required. One of these courses must be a Writing Intensive (WI) course. The second may be taken using the non-WI option.
|Select two of the following:||5|
|Laboratory in Developmental Biology, Genetics and Cell Biology|
|Laboratory in Microbiology (WI)|
or LS-MCRB 313L
|Laboratory in Microbiology|
|Laboratory in Histology and Cellular Ultrastructure (WI)|
or BIOLOGY 328L
|Laboratory in Histology and Cellular Ultrastructure|
|Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory|
|Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (WI)|
or LS-BIOC 360L
|Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|Introductory Anatomy Laboratory|
Biology Synthesis requirement:
|Select from the following for a total of three credit hours:||3|
|Critical Analysis of Biological Issues (WI)|
|Undergraduate Research- Biophysics|
|Undergraduate Research-Cell Biology|
|Undergraduate Research-Biological Sciences|
|Undergraduate Research-Biological Sciences Honors|
|Directed Studies - Biochemistry|
|Directed Studies - Biophysics|
|Directed Studies-Cell Biology|
|Directed Studies - Neuroscience|
|Directed Studies - Ecology|
|Directed Studies - Biological Sciences|
|Directed Studies - Biotechnology|
|Directed Studies: Behavioral Biology|
Students must complete additional biology majors coursework for a total of 42 credit hours of biology courses with grades of C- or better. 26 of these hours must be 300- or 400-level. A minimum of 21 credit hours of biology courses must be taken from the School of Biological Sciences. The UM Biology GPA Must be at least 2.0.
|Additional Biology Coursework Options||17|
|Preparing for Careers in Biology|
|Marine and Freshwater Biology|
|Global Health: New and Emerging Infectious Diseases|
|Biogeography and Biodiversity|
|Assisting Undergraduate Learning in Biology|
|Introduction to Evolution|
Physical Sciences and Mathematics Course Requirements
The following courses must be completed with grades of C- or better.
|MATH 216||Calculus for Biological Sciences||4|
|or MATH 210||Calculus I|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Biomath II: Statistics and Modeling|
|PHYSICS 210||General Physics I||4-5|
|or PHYSICS 240||Physics For Scientists and Engineers I|
|PHYSICS 220||General Physics II||4|
|or PHYSICS 250||Physics For Scientists and Engineers II|
|CHEM 211||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 211L||Experimental General Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 212R||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 212LR||Experimental General Chemistry II||1|
|CHEM 321||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 321L||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||1|
|CHEM 322R||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 322L||Organic Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
A maximum of 12 hours for a combination of 399, 497, and 499 coursework may be applied toward with major with only 4 credit hours at the 400-level.
Minimum GPA: 2.0 (UM cumulative; UM Biology)
Total Credit Hours: 120
Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements
UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years. Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”. In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.
UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.
UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.