Are you intrigued by the complex relationships between organisms and their environments? The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree, focused on Integrative Biology, at the University of Central Missouri may be right for you.
Choose the emphasis in Animal Biology to study the molecular engines that animals use to relate to — and impact — their environments.
We will teach you the skills and techniques that form a bedrock for research teams studying integrative biology. Most of your UCM courses will be held face-to-face and concentrate on lab work and research, with some lecture courses available in hybrid and online formats.
What is integrative biology?
UCM’s Integrative Biology program in Animal Biology will cover the gamut of life, from molecules to the ways organisms interact with each other and their physical environments. Our Animal Biology majors concentrate on discovering and understanding the mysteries of life on both micro and macro levels. You’ll study organisms and their interrelationships with larger ecosystems, as well as the vital internal relationships that occur on a cellular and genome level.
On-campus nature preserve for fieldwork
Diverse undergrad research projects
Ph.D. faculty lead labs in specialty areas
Small, teamwork-oriented labs & classes
Hengshui University exchange program
Large animal & aquatic research center
Integrative Biology majors at the University of Central Missouri study and learn research methods to understand the diversity within the major groups of living organisms. These include fungi, algae, plants, insects and other invertebrates, amphibians, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. You’ll learn the structure, functions, classification, development and evolution of your favorite organism.
To earn your Integrative Biology degree in Animal Biology, you’ll complete core coursework, followed by courses in specialty topics. The classes you may take as an Animal Biology major include:
Research lab work is at the core of our Animal Biology degree
UCM offers a full range of specialized lab-based courses for Animal Biology majors.
Ph.D. faculty, not graduate assistants, teach the vast majority of all lab courses to give you expert guidance in the specialized areas that help you understand what integrative biology is, including molecular biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, ecology and evolution.
In the real world, many Animal Biology majors work in labs, often conducting animal research in integrative biology. We prepare you for this and other career paths with an Animal Biology degree.
The UCM approach to learning is active, lab-based and focused on real-world skills and knowledge you’ll need to reach your career goals as an Integrative Biology major in Animal Biology.
UCM professors have long-standing relationships with many regional government agencies in fields related to your Animal Biology degree. Coursework and internships can open career opportunities for Integrative Biology majors in Animal Biology with agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Natural Resources or the Missouri Department of Conservation.
With your Animal Biology degree, you could also consider job opportunities with nonprofit organizations, research laboratories, businesses or educational institutions.
What is Integrative Biology and what careers can I pursue?
Since the study of integrative biology ranges from the molecular level to large ecosystems, your career choices are exciting and diverse. With your Integrative Biology major in Animal Biology, you could work in agriculture, regulatory affairs, food sciences, bioinformatics, animal breeding or forensic science and many other career fields. Many UCM Animal Biology majors choose to continue their studies to become veterinarians, pharmacists, senior researchers, medical doctors or geneticists and more.
Use the interactive tool below to explore potential career pathways and salaries with an Animal Biology degree from the University of Central Missouri.
The University of Central Missouri offers a variety of ways to finance your education, including university scholarships, awards and other financial aid.
Many scholarships are also available specifically for Biology majors, including undergraduate students in UCM’s Animal Biology degree program. You may qualify to apply for opportunities such as these:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
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