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Biology Minor

The biology minor at USciences is built upon the core coursework of the biology major, including fundamental explorations of general biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and genetics. The biology minor is a perfect complement for another major in the sciences, and provides pre-health students with all of the prerequisites to apply to graduate or professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and more.

Coursework & Duration

Required courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 462 Genetics 3 credits
BS 463 Genetics Laboratory 1 credit
BS 243 Microbial Science 3 credits
BS 244 Microbial Science Laboratory 1  credit

Elective courses

10 required hours that may be taken from any category or categories.  See biology major curriculum for more elective information.

Requirements & Expectations

You must complete 18 credits above the introductory level for a minor in biology. Of these 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.


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