This option is designed for students preparing to do graduate work in any area of the laboratory life sciences or to seek full-time employment. There is high demand for graduates with laboratory research training in the public and private sectors. Required and supporting courses provide the background that is essential for admission into life sciences graduate programs or for employment in biotechnology

What You'll Do

  • Meet their advisor each semester to assess their progress towards their post-graduation goals.
  • Take a core of courses that prepares them for any area of biology.
  • Take rigorous coursework in general microbiology, laboratory methods in biotechnology, and molecular genetics
  • Select additional courses and electives in virology, immunology, investigative molecular biology, epidemiology, physiology, bioinformatics, health physics, and toxicology.
  • Complete 80 hours for 2 credit hours of experiential learning in labs on-campus or summer programs.
  • Complete additional coursework in chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics to make them competitive for admission to graduate programs.
  • Attend classes in the newly renovated Magill Hall furnished with modern equipment.

What You'll Study

  • BI404 Cell Biology
  • BI173 Cell & Organismal Biology
  • BI283 Genetics
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Monsanto
  • Pfizer
  • Biokyowa
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • Washington University
  • St. Louis University
  • Zoetis

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Washington University
  • Missouri State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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