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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Minor


Department of Biology, College of Science and Engineering

43 Credits

Introduction

Biology is the study of living organisms. As scientists, biologists have three prime motivations: (1) intellectual curiosity about biological systems, (2) the philosophy that creating and disseminating reliable knowledge has intrinsic worth, and (3) the confidence that research into the history of life on earth and how biological systems work can be used to solve problems faced by our society today. Thus, we intend for our intensive academic program to stimulate our student’s curiosity and appetite for life-long learning about biology.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Joann Otto
Biology 315
360-650-4044
Joann.Otto@wwu.edu

Program Coordinators for Advising
Maren Brinson and Keeley Mathews
Biology 315
360-650-6165
biologyadvising@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

 

 Major/Career Resources

http://www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

The Biology Department has a two-step process for admission into our degree programs. Phase I students are students who have declared their intent to major or minor in biology and are in the process of completing the introductory biology and general chemistry series. Admission to Phase II is based on academic performance in the introductory courses. Students must achieve an average grade of 2.9 or higher in their introductory biology and general chemistry courses before they can advance to Phase II and begin taking upper-division coursework.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Requirements


  •  BIOL 204 - Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
  •  BIOL 205 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
  •  BIOL 206 - Introduction to Organismal Biology
  • Choose one of the following series:

  •        CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
  •        CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II
  •        CHEM 123 - General Chemistry III
  •          or

  •        CHEM 125 - General Chemistry I, Honors
  •        CHEM 126 - General Chemistry II, Honors
  •        CHEM 225 - General Chemistry III, Honors
  • 15 credits of upper-level courses

  •     Any upper-level biology course, with the exception of BIOL 395, 494, 495, 496 or 498, can be used to fulfill this requirement

        Up to 6 upper-division credits may overlap and be applied to both the biology minor and the student’s major degree requirements