2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
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2011-2012 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Minor

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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Biology offers courses that prepare students for careers in the biological and biomedical sciences. The Department provides support for other programs within the University that require students to obtain a background in one or more subfields of biology and meets the needs of nonscience majors who wish to integrate the science of biology into a liberal-arts curriculum. The major in Biology is suitable for students who intend to go on to professional schools in the health sciences (such as medical,dental, or veterinarian school), graduate studies in the biological sciences, or have careers in biomedical research, biotechnology, education, environmental sciences, or conservation biology.

The Department encourages students to obtain a broad foundation in biology and then identify an area of emphasis within the biological sciences. In consultation with faculty advisors, students select courses that provide depth of exposure to topics in their area of specialization, which can include research experiences. Two general curricula are offered on the Department of Biology web pages: one in cell and molecular biology and one in ecology and evolution. Curricular plans are also provided for pre-health students interested in majoring in biology. Early consultation with a faculty member in biology is strongly recommended to enable students to acquire the necessary background to participate in specially-designed research courses, internships, or research in faculty laboratories. 

Visiting Faculty

Craig Magie, Ph.D.


Program Minor

The requirements for a minor in Biology are:


Four additional courses spanning at least two of the three subject categories set out in the Generalized Biology Major. A selection of appropriate courses in each designation is listed in the description of the major, but students are not restricted to selecting from this list. At least one of the four must be at the 200 level and none can be below the 100 level.  All students wishing to complete a minor must select courses, receive approval from their biology faculty advisor and declare the minor by the end of the junior year, although earlier is recommended.


Biology courses used to fulfill the requirements for the minor in biology may not be taken with the pass option.

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