Admission Requirements

After you have been admitted to Missouri State University, if you wish to major in the cell and molecular biology program, formal admittance into the program and declaration of major is required.


To begin course work in the field of cell and molecular biology, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

Declaring a cell and molecular biology major

  1. To declare your major as cell and molecular biology visit the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109. Please note that declaring your major in CMB does not formally admit you to the program. See the information below for the formal admission requirements for CMB.
  2. If you need assistance in finding an advisor you should contact the biomedical sciences department who will assess your academic and pre-professional needs and assign you an advisor with in-depth knowledge in your areas of study.

Because of sequential prerequisites, limited course offerings, and tight course scheduling, students seeking formal admission to the degree program must begin to plan their program with a Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) advisor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences early during their freshman year.

Admission Requirements

Formal admission to the Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) major requires completion of at least 25 hours of course work, including BMS 110, BMS 231, and CHM 160 and CHM 161, and a cumulative and science GPA of 2.50 or higher. A student must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all specific general education requirements (A below), all required BMS core courses (B1 below), and all requirements from other departments (B2 below). A grade of "C" or better must be obtained in a prerequisite course prior to taking a sequential course. In the terminal semester each CMB major is required to take a comprehensive assessment examination in Cell and Molecular biology.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the cell and molecular biology program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major or change your major to cell and molecular biology by visiting the Academic Advisement Center, University Hall 109
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements
  4. Work with the biomedical sciences department to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

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