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Minors in Biology

Minors in Biology

Minor in Biology

A minor in biology requires BIOL 113 General Biology and four additional courses in biology, all of which must be designated BIOL and numbered 200 or above. Students should contact the department chairperson to discuss course selection.

No more than two courses can be counted from transfer credits; these must be approved by the department chairperson.

Education Track

This track is recommended for students majoring in elementary school education who desire a general science background with an emphasis in biology. It is not recommended for students planning on graduate school or research careers. Students wishing to teach on the secondary level must take the requirements to fulfill the Major in Biology.

Requirements: Students taking the education track should enroll in BIOL 113 General Biology and CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic in their first year. In subsequent years, students should enroll in four biology courses numbered above 200, one of which should be either BIOL 245 Principles of Ecology or BIOL 333 Marine Biology. Students must also take PHYS/BIOL 103 Great Discoveries in Science and any two of the following: CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science, or PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World: The Way Things Work.

Students taking the education track should enroll in BIOL 113 General Biology and CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic in their first year. In subsequent years, students should enroll in four biology courses numbered above 200, one of which should be either BIOL 245 Principles of Ecology or BIOL 333 Marine Biology. Students must also take PHYS/BIOL 103 Great Discoveries in Science and any two of the following: CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science, or PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World: The Way Things Work.

The independent learning requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing EDUC 382 Practicum: Elementary School(Grades 1—6) or two semesters of BIOL 350 or BIOL 370.

Minor in Exercise Science

The Exercise Science minor allows any interested student an opportunity to gain knowledge of the role that exercise plays in health and disease. The minor consists of the following five courses:

  • BIOL 246 Fundamentals of Exercise and Health
  • BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology
  • MATH 118 Introduction to Statistics
  • SHS 361 Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • Elective from the Exercise Science list

For further information about the program in exercise science, contact Professor Randi Lite (Department of Biology).

Minor in Public Health

The minor consists of the following five courses:

  • BIOL 104 - Introduction to Environmental Science*
  • BIOL 346 - Epidemiology and Infectious Disease*
  • MATH 118 - Introduction to Statistics
  • SOCI 241 - Health, Illness, and Society
  • SOCI 245 - International Health or SOCI 345 - Health Care Systems and Policy

Minor in Exercise Science

The minor consists of the following five courses:

  • BIOL246 Fundamentals of Exercise and Health
  • BIOL332 Exercise Physiology
  • MATH118 Introduction to Statistics
  • NUTR 361 Exercise Assessment & Prescription
  • one elective from the Exercise Science list