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Minor in Biology

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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. At least one BIO class used to satisfy the minor requirements must be classified as an open, unrestricted or free elective course on the student's Academic Evaluation/Progress Report. 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 adviser to biology minors within the Biology Department to design a minor that best meets their needs.

Possible courses include:
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
BIO 105
& 105L
Introduction to the Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Lab
BIO 106
& 106L
Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues
and Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues Lab
BIO 120The Biology of Beer3
BIO 121Human Genetics from ACTG to XY3
BIO 128
& 128L
Global Health Challenges: A Human Perspective
and Global Health Challenges Lab
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
BIO 152
& 152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
BIO 161Introduction to the Biological Aspects of Science and Society3
BIO 205Bioethics3
BIO 208
& 208L
Introduction to Forensic Science
and Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIO 218Vertebrate Natural History4
BIO 225
& 225L
Physiological Diversity
and Physiological Diversity Lab
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 250Biology Journal Club1
BIO 259Biology Elective1-15
BIO 282
& 282L
and Genetics Lab
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
BIO 317
& 317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
BIO 323
& 323L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
BIO 328
& 328L
Human Clinical Parasitology
and Human Clinical Parasitology Lab
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 346
& 346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
BIO 350Cardiovascular Physiology3
BIO 352
& 352L
and Botany Lab
BIO 356
& 356L
Aquatic Ecology
and Aquatic Ecology Lab
BIO 358
& 358L
Life on a Changing Planet
and Life on a Changing Planet Lab
BIO 365Cancer Biology3
BIO 375
& 375L
Physiological Models for Human Disease
and Physiological Models for Human Disease Lab
BIO 382
& 382L
Human Genetics
and Human Genetics Lab
BIO 383Evolution3
BIO 385Experiential Inquiry in Biology1-4
BIO 471Molecular Genetics3

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