Dual Degree: Biology BA-MD

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

First Semester Experience Course3
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences3
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Culture & Diversity Course3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course3
Math Pathway (Satisfied in major requriements below)
ENGLISH 110English I: Introduction To Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
COMM-ST 110Fundamentals Of Effective Speaking And Listening3
Total Credits27

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
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

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.

Program Prerequisites

PSYCH 210General Psychology (Focus C)3
SOCIOL 101Sociology: An Introduction3
SOCIOL 211Social And Psychological Development Through The Life Cycle3
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Biology course requirements. Biology courses that fulfill the BA degree requirements are listed below. A grade of C- or better is required in each course used to fulfill these requirements.

BIOLOGY 108General Biology I (Focus B)3
BIOLOGY 108LGeneral Biology I Laboratory1
BIOLOGY 202Cell Biology3
BIOLOGY 206Genetics3
BMS 9265Human Biochemistry 1 - Medical5
Total Credits15

Specialized requirements:

Take all of the following:
LS-ANATO 219Functional Anatomy I3
LS-MCRB 121Human Biology III (Microbiology)3
BMS 9296Human Structure Function I6
BMS 9297Human Structure Function II5
BMS 9298Human Structure Function III5
BMS 9399Human Structure Function IV6
Total Credits28

Biology Required Labs

LS-ANATO 219LFunctional Anatomy I Laboratory1
LS-MCRB 121LHuman Biology III (Microbiology) Lab1
Total Credits2

Biology Synthesis Requirement

BIOLOGY 498WICritical Analysis of Biological Issues3
Total Credits3

Physical sciences and mathematics requirements: All of the following courses 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
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus I
Calculus for Biological Sciences
Elementary Statistics
MOTR Statistical Reasoning
Total Credits18-19

Additional information about the BA/MD program may be found on the School of Medicine Website.