May 30, 2024  
2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Minor

Department of Biology, College of Science and Engineering

43 Credits


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

Program Coordinators for Advising
Maren Brinson and Keeley Mathews
Biology 315

 Sample Careers


 Major/Career Resources

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.


  • Choose one of the following series:

  •          or

  • 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