Mar 04, 2024
Offered by the Department of Natural Sciences
The minor in biology is designed to broaden and expand the knowledge of students especially those in biology-related curricula. The requirements for a minor are a total of at least 18 hours of semester credit.
Broaden and expand the knowledge of students in the field of Biology to prepare them for Biology-related careers.
Success in any field within biology requires students to be able to identify and describe the basic principles on which our current understanding of the biological world is based. By the end of his/her program each student is expected to be able to explain and/or analyze the following:
- Distinguishing characteristics of living systems
- Hierarchical organization of living systems
- Structure and function of cells
- Energy transformations of living system
- Patterns of growth, reproduction, and development in living systems
- Structural and functional features that allow organisms to carry out fundamental life processes (e.g., resource acquisition, gas exchange, transport of materials, maintenance of homeostasis, response to stimuli, reproduction, etc.)
- Principles of heredity, including Mendelian and molecular genetics
- Ecological interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environments
- Evolutionary history and mechanisms of evolutionary change in populations
- Biological diversity and a familiarity with the organisms and ecosystems of the local landscape.
18 - 20 s.h.