Biology certificates as well as a minor in Biology are available to all non-biology majors. The Biology minor is awarded by the registrar’s office and appears on your transcript and diploma. The minor constitutes 15 credit hours of Biology courses, of which 9 credit hours must be at the 3000 level or higher and of which up to 3 credit hours can be Biology Special Topics courses and up to 3 credit hours can be either BIOL 4695, 4697, or 4699. All courses counting toward the minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis and completed with an overall grade point average of at least 2.00. Students may not double-count courses towards more than one certificate or minor. A course may count towards the student’s major and minor if the course:
- Is not fulfilling a core area humanities or social sciences (A-E)
- Is fulfilling a designated block/blocks of courses outside the student's major field of study, as determined by the Major advisor.
Free electives and technical electives may be used towards minors. Further information is available from School of Biological Sciences advisors (note that advisors work with students based on last name).
To declare a minor in Biology, first complete the change/add minor form on the registrar’s website. You should declare your minor as soon as you decide to pursue it, rather than waiting until you have completed the coursework for the minor.
Once you have completed your minor courses, you must complete the Minor Approved Program of Study form and submit it to the registrar's office during the semester you intend to graduate.