University Catalog 2023-2024

Evolutionary Biology (Minor)

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The minor in Evolutionary Biology provides undergraduate students with an understanding of agents of evolutionary change, how evolutionary processes are monitored across various time scales, and how these processes are quantified in extant and extinct populations. Offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Evolutionary Biology Minor is available to all baccalaureate degree students at North Carolina State University except for those in the B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. This minor is especially appropriate for (but not limited to) students majoring in the life sciences, agricultural sciences, physical sciences, natural resources, or science education. At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.


Students who plan to minor in Evolutionary Biology should contact the contact person listed below for information on how to do so. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the minor early in their studies so they receive information on relevant courses, events, and other opportunities from the Department of Biological Sciences.


All requirements for the minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her major degree program. Students apply to graduate in the minor through MyPack at the same time that they apply to graduate in their major program.

Contact Person

Dennis Kauffman
Bostian Hall 2727


Dr. Brian Langerhans
David Clark Labs 246

Plan Requirements

The Evolutionary Biology Minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.

  • A grade of C- or better is required for all minor courses with a 2.0 GPA required in the minor for graduation.
  • No course used in the minor can be taken for credit only (S/U).
  • Courses taken for the minor can also be used toward major requirements, GEP Electives, or Free Electives.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.
Required Courses
GN 311Principles of Genetics4
GN 312Elementary Genetics Laboratory1
BIO 330Evolutionary Biology3
Elective Courses
Select 10 credits of the following: 110
Human Variation
The Science of Studying Dinosaurs
Paleontological Field Methods
The Human Animal: An Evolutionary Perspective
The Biology of Love and Sex
Population, Quantitative and Evolutionary Genetics
Personal Genomics
Microbial Diversity
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Primate Ecology and Evolution
Evolution Research or Teaching Experience (maximum 3 cr) 2
Total Hours18