BS 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
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
Total hours14

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 136 Precalculus 1 3
Total hours14

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BIO 235 Genetics 3
BIO 236 Genetics Laboratory 1
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
MTH 181 Trigonometry 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BIO 310 Microbiology 5
MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II 5
General Education: Public Issues 3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
BIO elective (upper division) 4
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I 4
General Education: The Arts 3
BIO 302 Biology Seminar 1
General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BIO elective (upper division) 4
Elective 3
ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
General Education: The Humanities 3
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II 4
BIO 367 General Ecology 3
BIO 368 General Ecology Lab 1
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Total hours14

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
BIO Capstone (upper division) 4
BIO 550 Statistical Methods for Biologists 3
Any elective 3
General Education: Cultural Competence 3
Elective (upper division) 3
Total hours16
Degree plan last reviewed 09-14-2018.