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Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biosciences

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Molecular Biosciences

KU Edwards Campus

This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and plan to complete a bachelor’s degree. It can be completed in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213.

Majors and Concentrations

Bachelor’s degree requirements in biology are modified as necessary. Current requirements are available in the KUUB office and online. Major programs are offered in biochemistry, biology, human biology, and microbiology. Students may choose to concentrate in a range of specialties in the biological sciences, such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (invertebrate or vertebrate).

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Because biology study requires preparation in other sciences, students should begin meeting major requirements in the first year. It is particularly important to take CHEM 184 and CHEM 188 in the first year and, for several majors, to take CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627 in the second year. Ideally, most majors should also take BIOL 150 and BIOL 152 during the first year. Students who have taken BIOL 100 and BIOL 102, have earned an A or B in both courses, and have decided to major in a biological science should consult a KUUB adviser to request permission to substitute BIOL 100 and BIOL 102 for BIOL 150.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree in Molecular Biosciences

The program offers students a strong background in genetics, microbiology, cell biology, and biochemistry, as well as laboratory skills in genetics and microbiology. Graduates have entered medical school, dental school, and graduate school with high success rates. Contact the CLAS undergraduate adviser on the Edwards Campus, Dan Mueller, dmueller@ku.edu, 864-8659 (from Lawrence) or 913-897-8659 (outside of Lawrence) for more information.

General Education Requirements
33 hours

The following general education requirements must be completed by all students pursuing a B.S. in biochemistry, biology, microbiology, or molecular biosciences.

Molecular Biosciences Requirements 29 hours
  • BIOL 150 (or BIOL 151 Honors) Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
  • BIOL 152 (or BIOL 153 Honors) Principles of Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology (or BIOL 401 Honors) (3)
  • BIOL 402 Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory (2)
  • BIOL 405 Laboratory in Genetics (2)
  • BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3)
  • BIOL 430 Laboratory in Molecular Biology (3)
  • BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Molecular Biosciences (must be taken in senior year) (1)
  • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures (4)
General Science Requirements 36-37 hours minimum
Electives, Seminar, and Laboratory Requirements 11 hours
  • Biology courses numbered 400 or higher, including 2 hours of laboratory credit and 2 hours of a seminar/topics course (BIOL 419, BIOL 420, BIOL 701). No more than 3 hours of BIOL 423 Nonlaboratory Independent Study and/or BIOL 424 Independent Study (combined) can be applied toward the elective requirement with no more than 2 hours of BIOL 424 applied toward the laboratory requirement.

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