Biochemistry focuses on the structure and function of biomolecules—proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids—and encompasses all the chemical processes of organisms. The B.A. Biochemistry major includes one year of biochemistry, including laboratories, as well as upper-division courses in gene expression and biological physical chemistry. The B.S. Biochemistry major includes two semesters of calculus designed for engineering or other physical science students, one year of biochemistry with laboratories, a semester of analytical chemistry with laboratory, a semester of biological physical chemistry, as well as upper-division courses in gene expression and related elective courses.
Biology is the broadest major available in biological sciences at KU. The B.A. Biology degree provides students with much flexibility in their major course choices. Several core course options include ecology, microbiology, organismal physiology, and biochemistry. The B.S. Biology degree allows students to specialize in one of several academic emphases, or subplans. For students who entered KU in or after Fall 2014, there are three options: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; and Teaching Biology. For students who entered KU prior to Fall 2014, available subplans are Cell Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Neurobiology, Organismal Biology, and Teaching Biology. By requiring an area of emphasis, the B.S. degree option allows students to focus on those aspects of biology that most interest them, while retaining a core selection of course options that may include biochemistry, cell structure and function, evolutionary biology, and organismal physiology.
Biotechnology is grounded in biological sciences, technology, mathematics, and computer science. The University of Kansas Edwards Campus Bachelors of Biotechnology degree will prepare you for a life-science career that requires management and communication skills, as well as specific laboratory knowledge. There are over 200 companies, 20,000 employees and $1.8 billion generated annually in the lifesciences in the Kansas City region that offer career options such as lab managers, microbiologists, life scientists, and biological technicians – and Biotechnology can prepare you for work in the industry. KU is the only school in Kansas and the greater Kansas City area that offers this in-demand degree.
Microbiology is the study of bacteria, viruses, fungi, the immune system, and their roles in human health, the environment and beyond. Job prospects for Microbiologists with a bachelor’s or higher degree continue to be strong. The upper-division major courses in immunology, pathogenic microbiology, virology and microbial genetics couple laboratory courses with lecture courses in order to provide students with hands-on practical experience with the material. The B.A. Microbiology major includes a choice of three of the upper-division lecture and laboratory course pairs, while the B.S. Microbiology major includes all four of the upper-division lecture and laboratory course pairs.
The B.S. Molecular Biosciences major is offered only at the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park, KS. This major includes one year of organic chemistry with labs, one semester of introductory biochemistry, a statistics course, and upper-division major courses that include microbiology lecture and laboratory courses as well as laboratory courses in genetics and molecular biology.
For more information, please contact Mr. Dan Mueller, the main advisor for the B.S. Molecular Biosciences major, at (913) 897-8659.