Minor in Biology

Program Contact: Lisa Kaplan   203-582-3588

Biology forms the foundation of a diverse array of fields, from zoology and botany to veterinary medicine and genetics. What’s exciting about this minor is that you’ll have a tremendous amount of control over the direction your experience takes. With an adviser from the Biology Department, you’ll chart your own path through the curriculum, choosing from a range of courses that fit your interests and your career ambitions. Our biology minor perfectly complements majors in the other sciences and related fields, such as chemistry and engineering.

In this program, you’ll have the flexibility to choose electives that broaden your knowledge and understanding of biology, or you can focus on a specific area of interest, such as ecology or physiology. 

Biology Minor Curriculum

A minor in biology requires the completion of at least 20 BIO credits, 12 of which must be beyond the 100-level courses. At least one BIO class used to satisfy the minor requirements must be classified as an open, unrestricted or free elective course on the student's Academic Evaluation/Progress Report. A minimum grade of C- must be achieved in all courses for the minor with an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who wish to minor in biology are required to consult with the adviser to biology minors within the Biology Department to design a minor that best meets their needs.

Possible courses include:
BIO 101
101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
BIO 102
102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
BIO 105
105L
Introduction to the Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Lab
4
BIO 106
106L
Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues
and Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues Lab
4
BIO 120The Biology of Beer3
BIO 125Cross My Heart: An Introduction to the Human Cardiovascular System3
BIO 128
128L
Global Health Challenges: A Human Perspective
and Global Health Challenges Lab
4
BIO 150
150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
BIO 151
151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 152
152L
Ecological and Biological Diversity
and Ecological and Biological Diversity Laboratory
4
BIO 161Introduction to the Biological Aspects of Science and Society3
BIO 205Bioethics3
BIO 208
208L
Introduction to Forensic Science
and Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory
4
BIO 211
211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 225
225L
Physiological Diversity
and Physiological Diversity Lab
4
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 250Biology Journal Club1
BIO 282
282L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 298Research Methods in Biology3
BIO 317
317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BIO 323
323L
Invertebrate Zoology
and Invertebrate Zoology Lab
4
BIO 328
328L
Human Clinical Parasitology
and Human Clinical Parasitology Lab
4
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 346
346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
BIO 350Cardiovascular Physiology3
BIO 352
352L
Botany
and Botany Lab
4
BIO 356
356L
Aquatic Ecology
and Aquatic Ecology Lab
4
BIO 358
358L
Life on a Changing Planet
and Life on a Changing Planet Lab
4
BIO 365Cancer Biology3
BIO 375
375L
Physiological Models for Human Disease
and Physiological Models for Human Disease Lab
4
BIO 382
382L
Human Genetics
and Human Genetics Lab
4
BIO 383Evolution3
BIO 385Experiential Inquiry in Biology1-4
BIO 471Molecular Genetics3