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Requirements for the Biology Minor
Students pursuing a College of Arts and Sciences major other than Biology may obtain a minor Biology. Requiremenst are given below. You may declare a minor online using the Minor Declaration Form available on the Arts & Sciences Forms for Students page.
The Biology minor introduces students to foundational and advanced courses
across the major subdisciplines of modern biology. Lecture and lab experiences
are grounded on fundamental principles. In addition to the General Biology
courses, a diversity of life science topics
are available in upper division courses at the cellular, molecular, organismal, and ecology and evolutionary biology levels. Students can design a study plan which allows an in-depth exploration of one area or a broader survey of several subdisciplinary areas of biology.
Requirements for the Biology minor are a minumum of eighteen hours of
BIO 201, 202, 205 & 206 - General Biology (8 credits total)
BIO 201 (lecture) and 205 (laboratory) replace the older course, BIO 212 (lecture + laboratory), which also applies toward the major.
BIO 202 (lecture) and 206 (laboratory) replace the older course, BIO 211 (lecture + laboratory), which also applies toward the major.
At least ten additional credits in upper-level BIO courses.
Upper-level biology courses include those numbered 300 and above. (Note that BIO 493, 495, and 497 do not apply toward this requirement.)
These ten credits must include:
- At least one upper-division laboratory in the form of a lecture + laboratory or laboratory-only course.
Important note: Courses from other departments will not be accepted toward the Biology minor. This includes courses that do count towards the biology major.
There are no support course required for the Biology minor.