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Bachelor of Science in Biology University of Missouri - St. Louis




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Biology majors may choose to focus their elective hours in a particular sub-discipline of biology, or academic track. These tracks are groups of departmental courses that fit within sub-disciplines of biology and are recommendations for students wanting to pursue careers in specific sub-disciplines. Academic tracks are NOT majors and are only intended to serve as guides for courses within a particular area of biology and are represented by current faculty expertise. Selecting an academic track does not prevent a student from taking courses in another track. Students should not expect to take all recommended courses for each academic track. Students may choose not to select an academic track. Currently, the Biology Department offers three academic tracks: Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; and Pre-professional/Health Sciences.

Learning Outcomes
Integrative Knowledge

Graduates will demonstrate a clear understanding of the overriding principles and theorems within and between the content areas of anatomy, botany, cytology, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, physiology, and zoology. Specifically, graduates will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

Structure and function of the basic biological units of living organisms
Information flow, exchange and storage from parent to offspring or from parent cells to progeny cells.
Pathways and transformations of energy and matter that govern metabolism
Systems that govern interactions between organisms or between organisms and their environment
Biodiversity at the genetic, organismal, community, and global scales
Evolution, common ancestry, and changes to biological populations over successive generations.

Laboratory Skills
Scientists not only learn the results of others, they work in the lab to generate new knowledge. Graduates will demonstrate basic skills associated with performing laboratory experiments or field studies in biology following a broad introduction of commonly used equipment and procedures.

Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will be able to formulate meaningful hypotheses, design experiments to test them, and evaluate data critically, including an appreciation of the potential sources of error associated with laboratory measurements and troubleshooting technical issues.

Scientific Literacy
Graduates will be able to identify the need for information, procure the information from relevant scientific literature publications and databases, and critically evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias.

Communication Skills
Scientists not only must be able to solve problems, they also must be able to communicate those solutions to others. Graduates of this program demonstrate how to present scientific concepts and information in a clear and accurate manner. Specifically, graduates will be able to write scientific reports and make effective oral presentations of their results and ideas.

Professional and Research Ethics
Graduates will honestly and objectively evaluate and report data in an ethical and legal manner to promote the values that are essential to scholarly work: trust, accountability, mutual respect, and fairness. By doing so, graduates will come to understand and respect the accepted standards of conduct associated with the scientific profession regarding citation, use of privileged information, integrity of data, and authorship.

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Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$23,436.00 (16,75,229) per year

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College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma with an acceptable GPA by the time they begin their course of study. UMSL also welcomes students transferring from other colleges or universities. English language proficiency is required for all non-native speakers of English. This can be shown with an official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE-A score. The minimum requirements are 61 iBT TOEFL, 5.5 IELTS, or 44 PTE-A.

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