Cell and Molecular Biology


Cell and Molecular Biology (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

The comprehensive major in Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB), is a rigorous and selective program in the sciences that prepares academically-serious students for:

  1. Graduate work in cell biology or molecular biology,
  2. Graduate work in fields such as biotechnology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and microbiology where a strong undergraduate foundation in cell and molecular biology would be an asset,
  3. Professional schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, or other health-related professions and,
  4. Employment in cell biology and biotechnology-based industries.

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:

  1. Completion of at least 25 hours of course work, including BMS 110, BMS 111BMS 231, and CHM 160 and CHM 161,
  2. A cumulative and science GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  3. A student must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all specific general education requirements (item 1 below), all required BMS core courses (item 2 below), and all requirements from other departments (item 3 below).
  4. A grade of "C" or better must be obtained in a prerequisite course prior to taking a sequential course.
  5. In the terminal semester, student is required to take a comprehensive assessment examination in Cell and Molecular biology.

Major requirements (65-69 hours)

  1. Specific General Education requirements: BMS 110(3), 111(1); PHY 123(4) or 203(5); MTH 287(3) or 261(5).
  2. Biomedical Sciences courses: BMS 231(4), 321(4), 494(1), 521(4), 525(4).
  3. Required courses from other departments: CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1), 342(3), 343(3), 345(2); PHY 124(4) or 204(5).
  4. 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 312(3), 313(2), 511(4); CHM 504(3), 505(1), 556(3), 557(2).
  5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of BMS 494(1) and any combination of the following courses equaling three total hours: BMS 300(1), 380(1-3), 400(2), 490(3), 498(1-3).

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Accelerated graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology

Eligible Missouri State undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Cell and Molecular Biology program and begin taking graduate course work as they complete the work for a bachelor’s degree. A maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree (Mixed Credit). Refer to the Graduate Catalog for specific admission requirements.

Refer to Undergraduate Students Taking Graduate Classes for additional information and procedures for obtaining permission for Mixed Credit.