Are you fascinated by insects or plants? Do you like looking at organisms under a microscope? Would you like to run the family farm and want more scientific knowledge to do so? The University of Central Missouri’s Biology Bachelor of Science program in General Biology covers a full breadth of biological topics, ranging from animal and plant diseases and parasitology to ecology, evolution, genetics and medicine.
The General Biology major at UCM is designed so you can let your curiosity lead the way to help you discover what you want to do in your career. Choose from a wide variety of elective courses to explore specialized areas.
Transfer credits for General Biology majors
If you’re a transfer student, the General Biology area of UCM’s Biology BS allows you to transfer in a significant number of credits to earn your undergraduate degree faster or complete prerequisites for advanced electives.
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UCM’s Bachelor of Science degree program curriculum in General Biology offers a breadth of coursework, labs and research projects in a variety of scientific fields.
The full array of elective courses in specialty areas offers opportunities to study everything from cellular and molecular functions to big picture topics such as environmental studies and ecology. Learning multiple areas of biological studies will prepare you for a strong entry into the job market.
Lab work is key to your General Biology bachelor’s degree
Conduct research and use the latest scientific tools in lab-based classes taught by Ph.D.-level faculty who are experts in their respective fields.
You’ll also learn to use scientific research methods with your peers in labs and teamwork-centered projects at our renovated Warrensburg facilities. This allows you to hone in on the structures, functions and classification systems for the organisms that interest you most.
Some courses you may take in UCM’s General Biology bachelor’s degree program include:
At the University of Central Missouri, lab-based classes and fieldwork are the centerpiece of the General Biology Bachelor of Science program. You’ll focus on developing the skills and hands-on experience needed to be a strong candidate for Biology BS jobs.
General Biology majors from the University of Central Missouri are well-prepared for a wide variety of Biology bachelor’s degree jobs.
UCM Biology students enter careers that run the gamut, from counteracting climate change and conducting research studies to taking on important roles in health care, teaching and conservation.
Biology bachelor’s degree jobs are varied and exciting
This undergraduate degree path offers the potential to work at a regional, state or federal agency such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other employers with a scientific focus.
With the hands-on experience, research skills and knowledge you’ll gain from completing UCM’s General Biology BS, you could be a trainer at a government agency, work in a research lab or become a public educator working for a nonprofit or health care organization.
Many graduates with a General Biology bachelor’s degree choose to continue their studies at UCM to earn a master’s degree or certification to teach biology at the K–12 level.
Explore the interactive tool below to learn more about Biology bachelor’s degree jobs and potential salaries after graduating from the University of Central Missouri.
The University of Central Missouri offers several ways to finance your education, including general university awards, scholarships and other financial aid.
Beyond these resources, numerous scholarships are available specifically for Biology BS students, including those enrolled in the General Biology degree program. You may be eligible for opportunities such as these:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Make yourself more marketable.
Add an undergraduate certificate to your studies at UCM and make yourself more competitive for Biology bachelor’s degree jobs.