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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933

Department of Biology and Earth Science


Pre-Professional Studies

The most important consideration in the choice of an academic major for the preprofessional should be a major that the student is interested in and passionate about, not what the student thinks might be the best ticket into medical school.

Admission to professional schools for the MD, MS, DVM or DO remains highly competitive with more students applying than can be admitted. Admission requirements and the long period of educational preparation that are required to become a physician or other health care provider demand that students not only meet the minimum requirements, but present themselves as competitive applicants. A decision to apply to medical school requires a strong personal commitment and a large investment of effort, time, and financial resources. Admission becomes possible only when a student possesses high intellectual abilities and demonstrates a consistent record of academic excellence.

Careers in Science


Biological scientists often obtain the baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Some will work in a laboratory or in the field doing research and development; some will teach. Governmental and private donors fund research projects, and the application processes for funds are competitive. Further classification of biological scientists may occur according to the types of organisms they study or the types of activities they perform.

The Ph.D. degree is usually necessary for independent research. The baccalaureate degree may be adequate for nonresearch jobs. A masters degree is sufficient for some applied research positions and for management, sales, and inspections careers.