Minor in Biology
The purpose of the biology minor is to encourage students who are majoring in other disciplines to follow their interest in biology by completing a coherent program of study.
Interested students must submit a completed Application for a Program of Minor Study to the coordinator of the Biology Board of Study. Upon admission to the biology minor, a student is assigned a minor advisor who will assist in designing an appropriate program.
Academic Requirements for the Minor in Biology
A total of 20 credits in biology, including two of the following courses:
- BIO 1510/Human Anatomy and Physiology I: Anatomy and Physiology
- BIO 1520/Human Anatomy and Physiology II: Physiology and Nutrition
- BIO 1550/General Biology I
- BIO 1560/General Biology II
- A biology-related section of FRS 1200/Science in the Modern World
Additional courses needed to complete 20 credits are to be selected in consultation with the biology minor advisor:
- Courses may be chosen from any available biology courses for which the prerequisites are met.
- At least two courses must be at the 2000 level or above. Advanced courses for students not taking the General Biology sequence include the following (with permission of instructor):
BIO 2470/The Marine Biology of the Mediterranean
BIO 3250/Animal Physiology
BIO 3430/Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 4770/Scanning Electron Microscopy and Digital Imaging
ENV 3805/Conservation Biology
ENV 3820/Animal Behavior
ENV 4460/Marine Ecology
PSY 3660/Physiological Psychology
Chemistry Minor for Biology Majors
Many biology majors at Purchase qualify for a minor in chemistry. Biology majors who complete Biochemistry for the BS have already taken enough chemistry and need only submit the Application for a Program of Minor Study. Other biology students must take only one course beyond Organic Chemistry (e.g., CHE 3150, 3510, or 4610).