College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology

Minor in Biology

The goal of the Minor in Biology Program is to provide non-Biology majors with a broad training in the life sciences.  This includes not only a mastery of the relevant facts, but also an ability to think critically, design and perform experiments, draw appropriate conclusions from data, an communicate results using both the spoken and written word.

To this end, students minoring in Biology will take a total of 8 courses, 6 in Biology and 2 in chemistry.  All Biology Minors must take the following courses:

The Biology Minor consists of 3 core Biology courses, a year of Introductory Chemistry and three upper division electives.

The following courses are prerequisites for all upper division electives

Bio 101 Bio 1: Cells
Bio 102 Bio 2: Genetics
Bio 201 Bio 3: Organismic Biology
CHM 120+Lab Introductory Chemistry I
CHM 125+Lab Introductory Chemistry II

Upper Division Biology Electives:

Student must take courses at the Bio 400 or higher level from at least 2 of the three groups (Group A: Cell structure and function, Group B: Systemic Organization, Group C: Evolution and Diversity of Life).

Group A: Cell Structure and Function

BIO 402

Advanced Cell Biology

BIO 404


BIO 408


BIO 410

Light and Electron Microscopy

BIO 411

Molecular Genetics

BIO 412


BIO 416


BIO 421

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Group B: Systemic Organization

BIO 403

Biometrics and Modeling

BIO 405


BIO 407

Developmental Biology

BIO 413

Plant Physiological Ecology

BIO 415


BIO 417

Systemic Physiology

Group C: Evolution and Diversity of Life

BIO 401

Animal Behavior

BIO 409


BIO 406

Comparative Anatomy

BIO 414

Plant Systematics

BIO 419

Invertebrate Zoology

BIO 420


BIO 423


Students interested in pursuing the Minor in Biology should speak with Dr. Julia Lee-Soety, Professor and Advising Coordinator of the Biology Department.  You can reach her via e-mail at or by phone at 610-660-3439.  Ideally students should begin course work in the minor by the Sophomore year in order to ensure adequate time for completion.