The SBS offers a program leading to a BS degree in Biology with the Clinical Laboratory Science emphasis.  The typical student spends the first three years on the UMKC campus completing the general education and basic science course requirements of the baccalaureate degree. A final 12 month course of clinical studies is completed in an affiliated hospital clinical program, which is approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Affiliated clinical programs are located at North Kansas City Memorial and Saint Luke's hospitals. After completing the clinical program and earning a bachelor's degree, students are eligible to take a national certification board examination. Passing the certification examination is not a condition for receiving the BS degree in Biology with the Clinical Laboratory Science emphasis but is often required for employment in the field.

Acceptance into a hospital clinical program is competitive. Admission into the BS degree in Biology with the Clinical Laboratory Science emphasis at UMKC does not guarantee acceptance of the student by an affiliated hospital
clinical program. Clinical instruction in the hospital is a 12-month, full-time day program.

Application to the clinical program is made directly by the student to any (or all) of the affiliated hospitals. The student should apply during the summer or fall of his/her junior year. A list of program contacts is available from an SBS Advisor. Hospital programs differ in admission criteria, application deadlines and early admission options. Early application is advised.

University Requirements

General Education

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.

Constitution Course 

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.

RooWriter Assessment

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.

Exit Examinations

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.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
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.
Total Credits21
1

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
Total Credits3
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.

Major Requirements

Biology course requirements.  Biology courses that fulfill the BS in Biology with the Clinical Laboratory Science emphasis requirements are listed below. A total of 32 credit hours of biology courses is required and at least  16 of these must be at the 300 or 400 level. A minimum of 16 credit hours of Biology courses must be earned from UMKC SBS. A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to fulfill these requirements.

The following courses are required of all students seeking the BS degree in Biology with the Clinical Laboratory Science emphasis.

BIOLOGY 108General Biology I (Focus B)3
BIOLOGY 108LGeneral Biology I Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 109General Biology II (Focus B)3
BIOLOGY 109LGeneral Biology II Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 202Cell Biology3
BIOLOGY 206Genetics3
LS-BIOC 341Basic Biochemistry3
LS-MCRB 313Microbiology3
LS-MCRB 313WLLaboratory in Microbiology3
LS-MCRB 435Immunology3
LS-PHYS 316Principles of Physiology3
Total Credits29

In addition, students must take 3 or more additional hours to be chosen from:

Choose Three or More Additional Hours (one hour must be upper level)3
Histology
Laboratory in Histology and Cellular Ultrastructure
Laboratory in Histology and Cellular Ultrastructure
Biophysical Principles
Introductory Anatomy
Introductory Anatomy Laboratory
Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
Virology
Total Credits3

Physical sciences and mathematics requirements.  The following are required. A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to fulfill these requirements.

CHEM 211General Chemistry I4
CHEM 211LExperimental General Chemistry I1
CHEM 212RGeneral Chemistry II4
CHEM 212LRExperimental General Chemistry II1
CHEM 320Elementary Organic Chemistry4
CHEM 320LExperimental Organic Chemistry1
CHEM 341Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis4
MATH 210Calculus I3-4
or MATH 216 Calculus for Biological Sciences
or STAT 235 Elementary Statistics
PHYSICS 210General Physics I4
PHYSICS 220General Physics II4
Total Credits30-31

Satisfactory completion of a clinical program at an affiliated hospital. This will allow the student to eam 30 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree. Ten of the clinical hours are allowed as upper level biology toward the 42 hours required for the BS. Twenty of the clinical hours are allowed as upper level general science credit. Completion of the clinical program also fulfills the Biology Synthesis requirement.

Clinical Program30
General Electives4

A total of 120 credit hours (minimum) is required; these may be taken from any area once other degree requirements have been met. For most students, more than 120 credit hours will be needed to meet all requirements.

Minimum GPA: 2.0

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.