Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences Degree

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Start your career strong with a KU applied biological sciences degree

Health care industries are among the top 10 most profitable in the nation according to Forbes Magazine. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029. This field includes a variety of in-demand professions, including medical health care, veterinary health care, immunology and animal science. This program can also put you on a pre-health path.

A health science professional’s duties might include:

  • Working with patients in a clinic setting
  • Performing tests to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases
  • Helping patients recover from injury or surgeries as a physical therapist
  • Studying and discovering new disease treatments


What jobs can I get with an applied biological sciences degree? 

A bachelor’s degree in applied biological sciences offers a strong background in genetics, microbiology, cell biology and biochemistry, as well as hands-on lab experience. As with those with a biology degree, many students continue on to pursue medical, dental, nursing or pharmacy school, or graduate work in the health sciences with high success rates.

Graduates have pursued careers at Kansas City institutions and organizations such as the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, KU Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City Kansas Crime Laboratory, Clinical Reference Laboratories and Quintiles, United State Department of Veteran Affairs, GlaxoSmithKlin and the U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency.

Applied Biological science jobs


Is the B.S. in applied biological sciences right for me?

KU’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences degree is designed for undergraduate students who have completed an associate’s degree or equivalent hours, and want to complete the final two years of a bachelor’s degree program. This pathway is an excellent choice for students who are critical thinkers and who enjoy synthesizing data and working on teams or individually to solve problems. The degree is often used as a stepping stone to medical school or other post-graduate education, but can also be used as an introduction to a career in lab-based bioscience.


Renee Williams
  • MS Ed
  • Senior Academic Advisor
Undergraduate degree

Class Format for non-lab classes

  • on-campus, late afternoon and evening with online (hybrid)

How is the applied biological sciences program structured?

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences program consists of 120 credit hours, including 36 hours of general science requirements, 32 hours of biological sciences core classes, 12 hours of biological sciences electives, 24 hours of KU Core requirements and 16 hours of open electives.

Molecular Biosciences program consists of 120 credit hours - 36 hours of general science, 32 hours of bioscience core courses, 12 hours of molecular bioscience electives, 24 hours of KU core, 16 hours of open electives
Why a KU applied biological sciences degree?


  • Evening classes
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree in two years
  • MetroKC tuition rate available for Missouri students


  • Credentialed, experienced faculty
  • Globally recognized academics
  • KU is one of 38 public university members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a group of America's leading research universities


  • Prepares students for medical school and secondary degrees
  • Strong alumni network with connections to Kansas City institutions and organizations
  • Hands-on curriculum with real-world application

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A fall start is recommended, but not required.

Spring: December 15

Summer: May 15

Fall: August 1