Students interested in a career as a physician can accomplish their goal via two routes: becoming an allopathic doctor (M.D.) or becoming an osteopathic doctor (D.O.). Both M.D.s and D.O.s are licensed physicians, fully qualified to practice medicine in all 50 states. These programs require students to successfully complete a four-year degree program at an accredited medical orosteopathic school.
The Biology Department at Missouri Southern offers a pre-medicine program that allows students to meet the requirements for admission to either medical program while completing the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. The admission requirements to the various medical and osteopathic colleges vary, but students should expect to take courses in anatomy, chemistry (including general, organic, and biochemistry), genetics, histology, molecular biology, physiology, and physics as well as courses in the humanities.