Pre-Nursing Curriculum Plan

The first steps in your nursing career

Pre-nursing keeps you on track for applying to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

To apply to the Missouri State BSN program in your sophomore year, you first need to:

  • Complete (or be in progress of completing) all pre-nursing course work listed below.

You need to complete all General Education requirements before you can start taking BSN course work.

Pre-nursing curriculum plan

The following degree plan is based on the 2020-21 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I
or COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
MTH 134 Algebraic Reasoning and Modeling
or MTH 136 Precalculus 1
or MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
or MTH 261 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
or MTH 287 Computational Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
BMS 110 Introduction to Human Biology 3
BMS 111 Introduction to Human Biology Laboratory
or BIO 121 General Biology I
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours 14-17

Second semester (spring)

CHM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry
or CHM 160 General Chemistry I
CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
or CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
The Arts and American History - General Education 6
Total hours 17

Third semester (fall)

BMS 307 Human Anatomy
or KIN 250 Applied Human Anatomy
DTN 240 Introduction to Nutrition 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring)

BMS 308 Human Physiology
or KIN 252 Applied Human Physiology
BIO 212 Elements of Microbiology 2
BIO 213 Elements of Microbiology Laboratory 1
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
Writing II - General Education 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Total hours15-16

Grade requirements for courses

BMS 307 (preferred): A grade of "B" or higher is required. Class must be taken within eight years of your application.

BIO 212 and BIO 213: A grade of "C" or higher is required. Classes must be taken within eight years of your application.

General Education course selection for dual credit

Note: Courses are three credit hours each. Any dual credit course work counts in your overall GPA.

  • ENG 110
  • COM 115
  • MTH 130MTH 134, MTH 138, MTH 261 or MTH 287
  • PSY 121 (General Education Course 110 - Social & Behavioral Sciences)
  • SOC 150 (General Education Course 110 - Social & Behavioral Sciences)
  • General Education Course (GEC) 111 - Humanities
  • General Education Course (GEC) 112 - The Arts
  • General Education Course (GEC) 113 - US & MO Constitutions/American History & Institutions
  • General Education Course (GEC) 114 - MO Constitution Study
  • General Education Course (GEC) 115 - Cultural Competence
  • General Education Course (GEC) 116 - Public Issues
  • Statistics (see section below)

Statistics courses at Missouri State

Some courses are preferred. However, you can select any course. 



These courses require a course exception form.

Degree plan last reviewed 10-19-2020.