What will I learn?

Students in the pre-optometry program will have the option of enrolling in one of three programs: Biology, Biology/Biotechnology, or Biomedical Science. Students will complete their general education requirements, the pre-requisites for the University of Missouri-St. Louis optometry program, and most of the requirements for the bachelor degree at Maryville. Basic science courses taken at University of Missouri-St. Louis will fulfill the requirements for the B.S. degree. The biology major (courses in biology, chemistry, physics) at Maryville totals 73 hours. The 3+4 program will count the 33 credits completed at University of Missouri-St. Louis toward the Maryville major. At least half of the required credits for the biology major must be completed at Maryville. The biology major does not require a minor.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Biology major totals 73 hours, The 3+4 program will count the 33 credits.)

Tuition fees
US$26,070.00 per year

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

Start date

26 August 2019, 13 January 2020


College of Arts and Sciences

650 Maryville University Drive,



63141, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have: A high school diploma with a minimum of 22 units of credit including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social sciences (social studies) and three additional units in any of the above areas or in a foreign language; A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Required High School Coursework for full admission consideration: 4 years of English, 3 years of History of Social Science, 3 years of Math, including coursework in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, 3 years of Natural Science, including coursework in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

For international students

Maryville requires that international students score a 61 or higher on the TOEFL or a 6.0 or higher on the IELTS exam before beginning full-time undergraduate academic work.

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About this uni

Maryville University is a highly-respected institution offering more than 90 degree programs to a diverse student body.

  • Ranked amongst America’s top colleges.
  • Prides itself on outstanding and innovative teaching.
  • Excellent graduate outcomes with 97% job placement rate.
  • Diverse student body of over 9,000 people.