Department of Biological Sciences
Minor in Biology
Students in other fields of study receive a minor in Biology when they demonstrate they have taken a rigorous and comprehensive set of courses within the discipline.
The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the minor: 18. A grade of C- or higher is required for all courses in the minor.
The minor consists of 18 credit hours of biology coursework. There are two different paths to the minor. Students can begin with the general biology sequence of BIO 105, BIO 106, BIO 107, and BIO 109, and then take additional credit hours of upper-level electives (200 or above) to equal a total of 18 credit hours.
The other path is to begin with the human biology sequence of BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 113, and BIO 114, and then take additional credit hours of upper-level electives (200 or above) to equal a total of 18 credit hours.
Note: For both of these pathways to a minor in biology, at least 6 credit hours of upper-level courses must be taken within the Department of Biological Sciences (i.e., they have a BIO prefix).
Students majoring in other fields frequently earn a minor in Biology, which demonstrates that they have taken a rigorous and comprehensive set of courses within the discipline. In particular, Nursing students often choose to minor in Biology.