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Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology

A bachelor's degree in biology opens up numerous employment opportunities. The career options for students with biology degree have increased significantly in the past few years. The demand for individuals with life sciences education has grown dramatically. Students can utilize their biology degree in the health care industry, biotechnology, education, environmental, wildlife management, and product manufacturing, to name a few. Many students choose to further their education by attending graduate, medical, veterinary medicine, dental or other advanced professional school. Through the courses offered in biology, our students learn to apply science to real world applications, develop laboratory skills and use critical thinking to evaluate scientific problems.

The mission of the Biology program is to provide educational opportunities for students from various backgrounds to be successful in a complex, technological and diverse society. The program is dedicated to teaching the principles and concepts of life sciences and demonstrating how it applies to our natural and social environment; provides majors with current and relevant programs that prepare them for employment or professional advancement and conducts laboratory and research experiences for undergraduates that reinforce learning and applications of empirical methods of science. The program accomplishes its goals through small classes and individual attention in a nurturing educational environment.

Each of Lincoln's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that must be taken as a part of this specific program.  Most of the Biology courses have an additional laboratory setting or a separate course that accompanies and supplements the lecture portion of the course.

Biology I & II Introduction to concepts in biology including the physical and chemical basis of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, diversity and ecology. These courses also encompass the structure, function and evolutionary history of Bacteria, Potista, Plantae and Animalia.
General Microbiology Coursework designed to facilitate gaining a profound understanding of morphology, classification, phsyiology and the cultivation of micro-organisms.
General Genetics Introduces students to concepts of and relating to the chemical, molecular and cytological basis for inheritance and is designated as writing intensive.
Molecular Biology of the Cell This course introduces material relating to studying the structure and function of cells at sub-cellular and molecular levels.
General Physiology Coursework is devised to expose students to the theoretical and applied concepts of animal physiology.
Critical Examination of Scientific Writing Course work includes but is not limited to the reading, and extensive discussion of material(s) concerning scientific literature.

For the full list of required coursed and course descriptions please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Students receiving a B.S. degree in Biology will take the major field exit exam prior to graduation.  Upon completion of the Biology degree programs at Lincoln University, students will have gained a basic understanding of computers and various software programs.  Students will have the opportunity to gain the necessary computer knowledge and skills in several courses that require the use of the computer.   A minimum of 40 upper division hours (those numbered 300 and above) is required for graduation.

The following are general requirements for all students beginning an undergraduate program at Lincoln. For more information visit Undergraduate Admissions Requirements:



Graduation from high-school, or having the equivalent of a high-school diploma; such as completing of the General Education Development (GED) examination.


Core Subjects

A minimum of a 2.0 GPA in core college preparatory classes (English, Math, Social Sciences and Science with a Lab)


Grade Point Average

A "C" average; however, in some cases a student with weak academic record may be considered eligible for graduation. To remain a student at Lincoln University, a student must meet scholastic requirements.


Standardized Test

Entering freshman should take the ACT and/or SAT test, the codes for Lincoln University of Missouri are: SAT: 6366 ACT: 3614

Degree Pathway
Leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biology


Total Required Hours - 121

*Elective choices within the biology major
^ These courses are required for many pre-professional programs and are recommended for all biology majors. 1Written Communication, 2Oral Communication, 3Mathematical Sciences, 4Natural Science, 5Social & Behavioral Sciences, 6Humanities & Fine Arts, 7Institutional Requirement: International Cultural Diversity, 8Institutional Requirement: General Education Skills. These courses are suggestions from the general education options and can be substituted and are interchangeable in the pathway.

Lincoln's academic programs are designed specifically to prepare students for a career in the real world. But it's more than just job preparation; it's preparing students to make a full impact in their profession through the unique combination learning of concepts and application of those concepts. Here are some of the potential professions for clinical laboratory science majors:

Biologist Technician

Conservation Scientist

Environmental scientist

Food Scientist


Pharmaceutical Sales

Forensic Research



Research Assistant



Biomedical Engineering