COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - Under this scheme, F1 international students who are unable to report to campus this fall due to COVID19 are able to pay a reduced rate of tuition. • This will only be for the Fall 2020 semester as the students should be on campus in Spring 2021 paying regular rates. • Any UMSL Global scholarship awarded for Fall 2020 would be deferred until Spring 2021. • Students must be enrolled in a degree program conducive to online learning.

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$24,406.00 (18,11,840) per year
COVID - 19 Fee Changes-Online Start: UMSL Cyber Start Grant for Fall 2020 - USD $550 per credit hour for Undergraduate tuition + fees (Normally USD $976.50 per credit hour + fees)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1 University Boulevard,

303 Lucas Hall,



63121, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on minimum of 30 transferable credit hours (excluding nursing course work)

For international students

Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.
Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.
Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.
Proof of English proficiency: 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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Missouri - St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a global university in the heart of America, offering quality degrees in a world-class metropolitan location.

  • No. 63 in the Times Higher Education “Golden Age” rankings
  • Tier 1 national research university with STEM degrees
  • State-of-the-art, subject-specific facilities and labs
  • Low cost of living in a city with high starting salaries