Emphasis areas

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Health and Disease

Admission requirements

  • For entering freshmen, there are no special requirements beyond those for general admission to the university.
  • Students with prior college coursework must have earned a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in all attempted courses.
  • In addition, students must have a 2.0 GPA in all math and science courses, including biology.   


  • UMKC is a founding stakeholder in the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.
  • The School of Biological Sciences houses state-of-the-art research facilities, including facilities for X-ray crystallography and diffraction analysis, high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry, cryo-electron microscopy, gene expression and genome analysis, protein characterization and dynamics, and mass spectrometry/proteomics.
  • Courses focus on the cellular and molecular aspects of modern biology, preparing students for today's careers in genetics, microbiology, healthcare, biotechnology, bioinformatics and more.
  • Students are encouraged to gain hands-on research experience while working one-on-one with a faculty mentor. Research experience expands critical thinking and problem solving skills while developing an in-depth understanding of the biological sciences.
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Fast facts

  • Undergraduates in the School of Biological Sciences receive the highest number of SEARCH (Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research) awards on campus.
  • The School of Biological Sciences is home of the world’s Fungal Genetics Stock Center, which preserves and distributes fungal strains and other materials important for genetics research to more than 35 countries annually.


  • The full-time faculty members all hold doctoral degrees and offer the most extensive bio-science courses and research options in the region.
  • Each year the faculty brings in millions of dollars in research funds, including grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
  • Faculty research interest areas include structural biology, proteomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, genetics, cell biology, neurobiology and biochemistry.  

Student organizations

  • Biology honors program
  • Biological Sciences Student Government
  • Pre-Medical Society
  • Pre-Dental Society


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

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Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.