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The Department of Biology and Chemistry offers a variety of academically rigorous degree programs to prepare you for success as a scientist. Our highly-specialized degree programs let you cater your education to your specific interests and give you the preparation you'll need to enter a career in science or further your education in graduate or professional school. The department is known for its high academic standards and research-focused approach to learning, which will give you both knowledge and important hands-on experience working in various laboratories. You can even work side-by-side with faculty members who are conducting active research as early as your freshman year through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

Our small class sizes ensure you’ll receive personal attention from experience, dedicated faculty members who are committed to helping you succeed, in the classroom and beyond. You’ll have helpful resources like one-on-one tutoring and academic advising to help you every step of the way from the time you arrive on campus until you cross the stage at graduation.

If you’re interested in a medical career, our biomedical sciences degree offers several specializations to prepare you for medical or professional school in your chosen area of study. Graduates of the program are consistently accepted to medical and professional schools at a rate higher than state and national averages.  
 
The best way to learn more about our biology and chemistry programs is to visit MSU. While you're here, you'll get a chance to tour the campus and facilities, talk with faculty members and current students and get a taste of life on campus. 
 

Hands-On Research

The Department of Biology and Chemistry offers robust, hands-on programs to prepare you for a wide range of scientific and medical careers. You can work side-by-side with faculty members through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program as early as your freshman year, and you'll be able to present your findings at at MSU's annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and at state, regional and national conferences.

Biomedical Sciences

Graduates of MSU’s biomedical sciences program are accepted to medical and professional schools at a rate higher than state and national averages:
  • Pre-Medicine: MSU, 68% (M.D. & D.O. combined); national, 32% (M.D. rate)
  • Pre-Dentistry: MSU, 100%: state, 38%, national, 48%
  • Pre-Pharmacy: MSU, 100%; state, 29%
  • Pre-Physical Therapy: MSU, 80%; state, 44%; national, 28%
  • Pre-Physician Assistant: MSU, 50%; national, 33%


    • Information Verified by the Department of Biology and Chemistry, June 2017

Undergraduate Research

As a student in MSU's Department of Biology and Chemistry, what you do in the classroom is just the beginning. Our Undergraduate Research Fellowship program allows you to work side-by-side with faculty on creative projects and in-depth research as early as your first year on campus.

Strong Partnerships

If you choose a degree in biomedical sciences, biology or chemistry and are interested in attending medical school, the MSU-UK Early Assurance Program provides you the opportunity to be assured acceptance at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. The partnership program is designed to groom you for medical school through a combination of prerequisite requirements and special program activities such as professional job shadowing and community service activities.

MSU-UK Early Assurance Program

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