BA Four-Year Degree Plan: Biology Track

You can complete your biology degree in eight regular semesters.

Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss schedules and options. Review the projected course offerings schedule before registering.

Sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives and placement in English and mathematics.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 5
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BIO 235 Genetics 3
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Language course 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Upper division BIO elective 4
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II 5
Fine Arts Course 3
Language Course 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ANT 125 Exploring Our Human Ancestry 3
BIO 320 Introduction to Cellular Biology 4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
HST 103 World History to Circa 1600 C.E. 3
Language Course 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Fine Arts Course 3
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
HST 104 World History since 1600 C.E. 3
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions 3
BIO 550 Statistical Methods for Biologists 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II 4
BIO 367 General Ecology 3
BIO 368 General Ecology Lab 1
Language Course 3
BIO 494 Senior Seminar 1
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Upper division BIO elective 4
General Education: Public Issues 3
Fine Arts Course 3
HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877 3
Total hours13
Degree plan last reviewed 04-30-2018.