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

BIOLOGY 108L
BIOLOGY 108
General Biology I Laboratory
and General Biology I (Focus B)
4
BIOLOGY 109L
BIOLOGY 109
General Biology II Laboratory
and General Biology II (Focus B)
4
or MOTRBIOL 100LZ MOTR Essentials in Biology with Lab
or MOTRBIOL 150LZ MOTR Biology w/Lab
BIOLOGY 202Cell Biology3
BIOLOGY 206Genetics3
Select one of the following laboratory courses:2-3
Introductory Anatomy Laboratory
Ecology Laboratory
Laboratory in Developmental Biology, Genetics and Cell Biology
Laboratory in Microbiology
Laboratory in Microbiology
Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Laboratory in Histology and Cellular Ultrastructure
Laboratory in Histology and Cellular Ultrastructure
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory
Upper-level Biology Majors Courses 17
Total Credits23-24

Total Biology hours:21

Standards that must be met for the minor:

  1. Only grades of C- or better will be allowed to count toward fulfillment of the required 21 hours of biology coursework.
  2. Students seeking a biology minor must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 UM biology GPA in courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  3. At least 11 of the 21 required hours must be earned from BIOLOGY or LIFE-SCI coursework at UMKC.
  4. At least 4 of the 7 hours of junior/senior level coursework must be earned from BIOLOGY or LIFE-SCI coursework at UMKC.