Biology (Minor)

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A minor in biology, can be a valuable asset particularly when paired with an appropriate major. For instance, a minor in biology paired with a major in political science would provide a good background for someone who wanted to practice environmental law.

A minor in biology can be a valuable asset, particularly when paired with an appropriate major. For instance, a minor in biology paired with a major in political science provides a good background for someone who intends to practice environmental law.

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Biology (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in biology consists of 19 credit hours, of which 11 must be upper division. A minimum of eight upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Coursework taken to fulfill the requirements of the minor may not be used to fulfill requirements of a student's major. Consult with an academic advisor prior to enrollment. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 8 credit hours
Ecology, Cell Biology, or Genetics Requirement (select one combination) -- 4 credit hours
Upper-Division Electives -- 7 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

Required Courses:
BIO 181 General Biology I, SQ (4)
BIO 182 General Biology II, SG (4)
BIO 320 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)
BIO 353 Cell Biology (3)
BIO 354 Cell Biology Laboratory (1)
CHM 113 General Chemistry I, SQ (4)
CHM 116 General Chemistry II, SQ (4)
LSC 322 Fundamentals of Ecology Laboratory (1)
LSC 347 Fundamentals of Genetics (3)
LSC 348 Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory (1)

To receive this minor, a grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA and BS in biology; BA and BS in environmental science; BS in biology (environmental science); BS in biology (pharmacology/toxicology); BS in biotechnology and bioenterprise; BS in forensic science; BS in pharmacology and toxicology

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Graduates who have included this minor with their major have a wide variety of options. They prepared to pursue graduate studies or to seek careers in diverse areas, like environmental management and conservation, health professions, laboratory research, primary and secondary school teaching, science advisement to businesses and government, and science writing.

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