Department of Biology

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Explore life at all levels

Biology is the study of living things, from cells and animals to entire ecosystems.

At Missouri State, we'll help you grow, evolve and thrive in your field.

Undergraduate programs

Biology is far-reaching, and we have all the options you need to meet your career goals.

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This customizable degree leads you to a biology or health-related career. Pair your degree with a second major or minor.
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Want a deeper focus in biology? Try this tailored degree and find the best fit for you.

Option areas

Angelina Call, a biology Missouri State alum, teaches her class at Marshfield High School.
Become a certified biology teacher (grades 6-12).
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Part biology, part agriculture. One goal: Protect and preserve natural resources and wildlife.

Add a certificate or minor to your degree

Looking to enhance your education? A certificate or minor is a great add-on to any major.

The certificates are offered jointly with other MSU departments.

Graduate programs

A master's degree can further your career or prepare you for advanced study.

Lyndsey Rightnowar, a biology graduate student, handles plants in a greenhouse.
Fuel scientific discovery in a program built for your interests. Conduct original and meaningful research.
Christian Madsen, a science teacher at Greenwood Laboratory School, poses in his classroom with students in the background.
Elevate your teaching credentials and know-how.
Rubina Sherchan, a biology graduate student, wearing a plastic face shield takes a close look at a substance in a container.
Like biology and another science field? Combine both into a unique degree.
Dr. Lazslo Kovacs and a student study grapes on a vine in a vineyard.
Spread your roots and cover all aspects of plants in this interdisciplinary program.

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