Missouri State University

Program Requirements

Completion of program

There are certain graduation requirements that must be met before obtaining a degree from the cell and molecular biology program. A total of 54-57 hours are required to complete the cell and biology program. In addition to required course work for the program, general baccalaureate education requirements as specified by the University must also be completed.


Program Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements - see General Education Program and Requirements section of catalog
    Specific General Education Requirements: BMS 110(4); PHY 123(4) or 203(5); MTH 287(3) or 261(5)
  2. Major Requirements (54-57 hours)
    1. Biomedical Sciences courses required: BMS 231(4), 321(4), 494(1), 521(4), 525(4)
    2. Requirements from other departments: CHM 160(4), 161(1), CHM 170(3), 171(1), 342(5), 343(5) or 344(3); PHY 124(4) or 204(5)
    3. Other requirements: At least 16 hours of appropriate electives, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor, numbered 300 or higher. At least 10 of these elective hours must carry a BMS course code. Recommended Electives: BMS 308(4), 497(1-3), 498(1-3), 514(2), 516(4), 524(3), 529(3), 540(2), 558(3), 569(3), 582(4), 584(3), 585(4); BIO 310(5), 511(4); CHM 505(4), 552(3)
    4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BMS 494(1) and any combination of the following courses equaling 3 total hours: BMS 300(1), 380(1-3), 400(2), 490(3), 498(1-3).
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements - see General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements section of catalog

You must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours of electives in the cell and molecular biology program of study. Electives must be pre-approved by your advisor by completing the advisor-approved elective courses list and at least 10 of your chosen electives must have a BMS prefix.

Cell and molecular biology is a comprehensive program and does not require completion of a minor for graduation. A minor can be added to the  application for a degree program at any time by simply filing out the minor code portion and obtaining the required signatures from the department which houses the minor.

Additional requirement

In your senior year, you are required to take the Area Concentration Achievement Test (ACAT). This examination is administered through the department in late April and late November and there is no cost for this examination.