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With better information and scientific data available, the methods that scientists and theorists use to study biological sciences are evolving. At Webster University, biological sciences majors and minors engage in a rigorous, cross-disciplinary educational program in the physical and biological sciences designed to help them keep pace with that evolution. Coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers from science teaching or field studies to biotechnology to medicine. Students in the biological sciences program also have the option to focus their degree with an area of emphasis.

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Why Webster for Biological Sciences?

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  • Small classes and labs: an ideal environment for learning, interaction, and discovery.
  • Full-time faculty: experts in a range of fields including genetics, biochemistry, plant physiology, neurology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Facilities and equipment: supports a comprehensive range of subject matter, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cellular biology.
  • Curriculum includes extensive laboratory experience: each student will develop proficiency in a wide range of lab techniques, as well as in the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of scientific data.

Webster's Biological Sciences degree program details

 

Designed for students interested in data-based research careers in biological sciences, medicine, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and more. It is designed to provide a cross-disciplinary experiences in biology, data science, computer programming, and math, with the flexibility to allow the student to focus on their areas of interest and strengths.

Designed for students who wish to further expand and deepen their knowledge in the field of chemistry. It is particularly well suited for students who are interested in pharmaceuticals and for those pursuing laboratory positions or graduate studies in areas involving chemical techniques.

Designed for students interested in a continuing education in any of the various medical fields, particularly those pursuing a pre-professional program like pre-medical or pre-veterinarian. It is meant primarily for students preparing for careers such as medical doctors, physician's assistants, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, physical therapists, or athletic trainers.

Designed primarily for students pursuing a career path in: (a) commercial, academic, or government research, (b) high-demand technical and laboratory positions, and (c) graduate studies in advanced biology fields and related areas such as biochemistry and biophysics.

The 117 credit hours required for the psychological science/exercise science dual major include the exercise science core curriculum, except PSYC 2300, and the following courses.

Curriculum

  • WRIT 1010 The Craft of College Writing (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 hour)
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2975 Sophomore Assessment (0 hours)
  • PSYC 3025 Psychology and Ethics (2 hours)
  • PSYC 4750 Advanced Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4925 Senior Capstone: History, Philosophy and Systems of Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4950 Senior Assessment (0 hours)
  • Psychology electives (at least 3 hours at the 4000-level) (6 hours)
  • Psychology content areas (15 hours)
  • BIOL 1550 Essentials of Biology I (4 hours)
    and BIOL 1551 Essentials of Biology I: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 1560 Essentials of Biology II (4 hours)
    and BIOL 1561 Essentials of Biology II: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 2010 Evolution (3 hours)
  • BIOL 3010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 hours)
    and BIOL 3011 Human Anatomy & Physiology I: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 3020 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 hours)
    and BIOL 3021 Human Anatomy & Physiology II: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 3050 Genetics (3 hours)
    and BIOL 3051 Genetics: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 3080 Cell Biology (3 hours)
    and BIOL 3081 Cell Biology: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL 4400 Research Methods (3 hours)
  • BIOL 4430 Senior Thesis for BS in Biological Sciences (4 hours)
  • CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I (3 hours)
    and CHEM 1101 General Chemistry I: Lab (1 hour)
  • CHEM 1110 General Chemistry II (3 hours)
    and CHEM 1111 General Chemistry II: Lab (1 hour)
  • CHEM 2100 Organic Chemistry I (3 hours)
    and CHEM 2101 Organic Chemistry I: Lab (1 hour)
  • CHEM 2110 Organic Chemistry II (3 hours)
    and CHEM 2111 Organic Chemistry II: Lab (1 hour)
  • CHEM 3100 Biochemistry I (3 hours)
    and CHEM 3101 Biochemistry I: Lab (1 hour)
  • MATH 1610 Calculus I (5 hours)
  • PHYS 2030 University Physics I (3 hours)
    and PHYS 2031 University Physics I: Lab (1 hour)
  • PHYS 2040 University Physics II (3 hours)
    and PHYS 2041 University Physics II: Lab (1 hour)
  • BIOL, CHEM or PHYS upper level electives (3 hours)

Minors in the Biological Sciences Department

Each of these three minors require 18 credit hours and are only offered at our St. Louis home campus. You can read more about each specific program requirements, learning outcomes, and how to apply from our undergraduate catalog.

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Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities allow undergraduates to gain research experience at organizations like the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Saint Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Children’s Aquarium, and the St. Louis Department of Water Facilities.

Alumni Success

Graduates pursue careers in biotechnology, medicine, science-based research, various health professions, chemical and molecular disciplines, and advanced graduate studies.

  • Analytical Chemist at Monsanto
  • Medical school at SIU
  • Research Associate at Benson Hill Biosystems
  • Veterinary school at Univ of Missouri, Columbia
  • Senior Computational Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • PhD Plant Biology program at Cornell University

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