Minor in Biology

Minor Overview

Biology forms the foundation of a diverse array of fields, from zoology and botany to veterinary medicine and genetics. What’s exciting about this minor is that you’ll have a tremendous amount of control over the direction your experience takes. With the guidance of the department chair, you’ll chart your own path through the curriculum, choosing from a range of courses that fit your interests and your career ambitions. Our biology minor perfectly complements majors in the other sciences, such as chemistry and physics.

In this program, you’ll have the flexibility to choose electives that broaden your knowledge and understanding of biology, or you can focus on a specific area of interest, such as ecology or physiology. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Biology Minor Curriculum

A minor in biology requires the completion of at least 20 BIO credits, 12 of which must be beyond the 100-level courses. A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all courses for the minor with an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who wish to minor in biology are required to consult with the department chair to design a minor that best meets their needs.

Possible courses include:
BIO 101General Biology I3
BIO 101LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 102General Biology II3
BIO 102LGeneral Biology Lab II1
BIO 105Introduction to the Biological Sciences I3
BIO 105LIntroduction to Biological Science Lab1
BIO 106Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues3
BIO 106LScience and Society: Concepts And Current Issues Lab1
BIO 120The Biology of Beer3
BIO 121Human Genetics from ACTG to XY3
BIO 128Global Health Challenges: A Human Perspective3
BIO 128LGlobal Health Challenges Lab1
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 150LGeneral Biology for Majors Laboratory
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
BIO 151LMolecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
BIO 152Ecological and Biological Diversity4
BIO 152LEcological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
BIO 161Introduction to the Biological Aspects of Science and Society3
BIO 205Bioethics3
BIO 208Introduction to Forensic Science3
BIO 208LIntroduction to Forensic Science Laboratory1
BIO 211Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 211LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab I1
BIO 212Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO 212LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
BIO 218Vertebrate Natural History4
BIO 223Invertebrate Zoology4
BIO 223LInvertebrate Zoology Lab
BIO 225Physiological Diversity3
BIO 225LPhysiological Diversity Lab1
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 250Biology Journal Club1
BIO 259Biology Elective1-15
BIO 282Genetics3
BIO 282LGenetics Lab1
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
BIO 317Developmental Biology2
BIO 317LDevelopmental Biology Lab2
BIO 323Invertebrate Zoology3
BIO 323LInvertebrate Zoology Lab1
BIO 328Human Clinical Parasitology3
BIO 328LHuman Clinical Parasitology Lab1
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 346Cell Physiology3
BIO 346LCell Physiology Lab1
BIO 350Cardiovascular Physiology3
BIO 352Botany2
BIO 352LBotany Lab2
BIO 356Aquatic Ecology2
BIO 356LAquatic Ecology Lab2
BIO 358Life on a Changing Planet2
BIO 358LLife on a Changing Planet Lab2
BIO 365Cancer Biology3
BIO 375Physiological Models for Human Disease3
BIO 375LPhysiological Models for Human Disease Lab1
BIO 382Human Genetics3
BIO 382LHuman Genetics Lab1
BIO 383Evolution3
BIO 385Experiential Inquiry in Biology1-4
BIO 471Molecular Genetics4

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