Biological Sciences (Minor)

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The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences offers an undergraduate minor in Biological Sciences that is intended to enhance the programs of students whose major fields are outside the biological sciences.  The required courses (8 hours) provide an overview of the field of biology and students then select additional courses (at least 7 hours) within the biological sciences that best match their interests. It is possible to complete this minor entirely through distance education course offerings.

The minor in Biological Sciences is open to all baccalaureate students except those majoring in Animal Science; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology: Conservation Biology; Fisheries Science; Wildlife Science; Genetics; Microbiology; Nutrition; Plant Biology; Plant and Soil Sciences; Science Education – Biology Concentration; Turfgrass Science; or Zoology. Courses will count toward the minor only if they are completed with a grade of C- or better.


Students who plan to minor in Biological Sciences can do so by using the online CODA system, available through MyPack Portal. Students can also go to Add a Minor to apply. 


When you are getting ready to graduate, you will submit a graduation application (online) that includes your major(s) and minor(s). The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which you expect to graduate from your degree program. Information about declaring a minor is available on the Student Services Center website.

Contact People

Biological Sciences Student Services Team
2727 Bostian Hall

SIS Code: 17BLM

Plan Requirements

Required Courses8
Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Elective Courses7
Principles of Biochemistry
Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
Survey of Animal Diversity
General Entomology
Principles of Genetics
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
Plant Life
Plant Biology
Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Systematic Botany
Plant Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
Principles of Plant Pathology
BIO or ZO 2** 1
BIO or ZO 3** 1
BIO or ZO 4** 1
BIO or ZO 5** 1
Total Hours15