The biology minor—the minor in biology is an option for students who are not majoring in the subject but who wish to enhance their biological background in conjunction with other academic interests. The minor offers students the opportunity to explore one or more aspects of biology or to sample broadly from across the departmental curriculum. A minor in the subject also may help prepare students for postgraduate careers in areas related to the life sciences, including environmental consulting, scientific publishing, environmental law, nutrition, science teaching, and allied health fields. In order to declare a minor in biology and to plan a course of study, a student should meet with the chair of the Biology Department.

The minor in biology consists of 5 courses in the biological sciences (including at least 4 with labs). These 5 courses include (a) BIOL 182L and 183L and (b) 3 departmental electives (at least 2 with labs). Eligible departmental electives include all 200-, 300-, and 400-level biology courses. In addition, students may apply 1 course from the following list toward a biology minor:

  • BIOL 120. Genes, Clones, and Biotechnology 
  • BIOL 124. Genes and Human Disease 
  • BIOL 131. Urban Wildlife Ecology 
  • BIOL 140. Biological Systems 
  • BIOL 141. Global Perspectives on Biodiversity and Conservation 
  • NESC 101. The Brain 
  • NESC 201. Principles of Neuroscience 
  • NESC 210. Neuroendocrinology 
  • NESC 262. Introduction to Animal Behavior 
  • NESC 432. Nutrition and Brain Health

Two semesters of BIOL 425 Research in Biology (Laboratory) may serve as one lab course. Only one of the five biology courses can be a transfer credit except in circumstances approved by the department. No course with a grade less than C- may be counted toward the minor.