Kevin Jansen
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Biology
Office: (417) 873-6398

Biology Major

Courses in the department of biology are designed to provide a broad cultural education and prepare students for graduate studies, the teaching profession, medical and allied health professions and positions in resource management, environmental science and research. Students pursuing a major in biology must take a minimum of 36 semester hours in the department.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester.

BIOL 171: Scientific Endeavors
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
BIOL 182: Evolution
BIOL 200: Ecology
BIOL 201: Biodiversity
BIOL 351: Junior Seminar I
BIOL 352: Junior Seminar II
BIOL 493: Senior Seminar I
BIOL 494: Senior Seminar II

At least thirteen (13) additional hours of courses selected from the following list:

BIOL 301: Advanced Evolutionary Biology
BIOL 306: Medical Botany
BIOL 307: Botany
BIOL 308: Immunology
BIOL 309: General Zoology
BIOL 310: Field and Systematic Botany
BIOL 312: Advanced Ecology
BIOL 313: Pathogenic Microbiology
BIOL 314: Field and Systematic Zoology
BIOL 316: Comparative Anatomy
BIOL 317: Vertebrate Embryology
BIOL 320: Vertebrate Physiology
BIOL 321: Comprehensive Human Anatomy
BIOL 322: Genetics
BIOL 324: Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 325: Epidemiology
BIOL 329: Intro to Marine Biology
BIOL 330: Field Study in Marine Biology
BIOL 333: Histology
BIOL 334: Developmental Biology
BIOL 337: Intro to Virology
BIOL 341: Limnology
BIOL 373: Herpetology
BIOL 378: Advanced Human Physiology I
BIOL 379: Advanced Human Physiology II

Other Required Courses:
CHEM 238 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 315-L Organic Chemistry Lab

MATH 227 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 231 Calculus I

PHYS 211 General Physics I

At least one (1) additional course selected from the following list:
CHEM 336 Biochemistry
ENVR 344 Toxicology
EXSP 350 Exercise Physiology
PSYC 327 Psychopharmacology
PSYC 348 Psychoneuroimmunology
PSYC 356 Biopsychology