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.

Option 1
Students can begin with the general biology sequence of:
BIO 105 Biological Principles I: Cellular Biology (3 cr)
BIO 106 Laboratory Biology (1.5 cr)
BIO 107 Biological Principles II: Evolution, Biodiversity, & Ecology (4.5 cr)
BIO 109 Functional Biology (3 cr)

and then take additional credit hours of upper-level electives (200 or above) to equal a total of 18 credit hours.

Option 2
Students can begin with the human biology sequence of:
BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr)
BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I (1.5 cr)
BIO 113 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr)
BIO 114 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology II (1.5 cr)

and then take additional credit hours of upper-level electives (200 or above) to equal a total of 18 credit hours.

Nursing majors may count 1 credit of NUR 424 Clinically-applied Genetics toward the Biology minor. 

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.