Requirements for the Minor

The minor in Biological Sciences, administered through the Division of Life Sciences Office of Undergraduate Instruction, requires:

  • General Biology (01:119:115, 01:119:116, and 01:119:117 or 01:119:101 and 01:119:102)
  • Four life science elective courses that are  three or more credits each.    A minimum of three of the courses must be at the 300 level or above. Therefore, only one, 200 level life science elective can be used.

Approved Life Science Electives- only courses that are 3 credits or more from the list may be applied.

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  • Students pursuing a Bio minor and another life science major  are required to complete as part of the Bio minor requirements,  a minimum of  two ( 3 or more credit) approved life science electives that are not applied toward fulfilling their major requirements. 
  • Students should be sure to meet with a Bio Advisor to ensure they understand which two courses will be utilized in fulfilling this requirement, as DN may not accurately reflect restrictions on coursework being applied to their Bio minor that counts for their major. 

Worksheet for the Biological Sciences Minor

Click Here for the Biological Sciences Minor Worksheet-Use this form to keep track of the courses which you have completed for your minor.

Should you take General Chemistry if you are minoring in Biological Sciences?

  • Though courses in chemistry cannot be used towards the minor, General Chemistry 161, 162, and lab 171 (01:160:161, 162, and 171) are very useful for completion of the minor, as these courses are pre-reqs for many of the life science electives that could count towards the minor.
  • It is possible to complete the minor without chemistry, but there are many fewer possible courses from which students can choose.
  • Though not quite as critical, the first semester of Organic Chemistry (01:160:307) is a pre-req for several popular courses, such as Intro to Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and General Microbiology.