Biology Minor


Students interested in acquiring basic knowledge in biology but not wishing to major in the subject may pursue a minor by successful completion of BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 (Introduction to Biology I and II) or their Honors alternates, BIOL 1911 and BIOL 2912, plus three additional upper-level 2200 or above Biology electives (see course descriptions for exceptions).  At least one of these additional Biology electives must have a laboratory component.

Note that CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 (with labs) or their Honors alternates are the co-requisites or prerequisites for BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112, and that a grade of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 is required to take Biology electives.  BIOL 2227, BIOL 2296, and BIOL 3096 can be taken as electives for the minor.  Please consult the Biology Department's advisor when choosing the three additional courses to ensure that prerequisites have been satisfied.

A minimum of 18 credits in Biology is required for the minor.

Program Goals

After completing the program, students should:

  • thoroughly understanding of the principal levels of organization of living organisms
  • understand the biochemical and biophysical principles that underlie living organisms
  • comprehend principles that govern interaction between and within cells, tissues and organisms
  • understand major principals of the discipline, such as proliferation, generation of diversity, evolution by natural selection
  • critically evaluate experimental data and be familiar with laboratory procedures
  • communicate using oral, written, or electronic media, and understand attribution and acknowledgement of sources

Related Web Sites

Biology Minor Advising Sheet

Department of Biology

Biology Minor Program Requirements


Dr. Allen Nicholson, Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 255

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Faculty Advisor (Last names A-M)
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311

Dr. Angela Bricker, Faculty Advisor (Last names N-Z)
Biology-Life Science Building, Room 248C