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Minor in Biological Sciences

Students may obtain an undergraduate minor in biological sciences by taking 15 hours of coursework from the Division of Biological Sciences.

  • 5 hours of introductory biology (BIO_SC 1500 or BIO_SC 1200)
  • 10 hours of additional courses at the 2000-level or above from at least two of the following areas: Genetics, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, and Biological Diversity (contact the  Undergraduate Advising Office for a list of available courses).

At least one of the additional courses must include a laboratory. Problems, service learning, internships, readings and research (e.g., BIO_SC 2010, 2060, 2100, 2940, 2960/2965H, 4085, 4950/4952, 4960) may not be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.  MICROB_3200 may not be used to satisfy the laboratory course requirement.

All courses in the minor must have a grade of C- or higher with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in the minor. At least 9 of the 15 credit hours in the minor must be taken in residence at MU.

Application Process

  1. Print and complete the appropriate form.
  2. Submit the completed form for approval to the Division of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office.
  3. Submit the signed form to the College of Arts and Sciences (107 Lowry Hall).

For More Information

Contact or visit the Undergraduate Advising Office
Tucker Hall, Room 3
Phone: 573-882-4068

Anjali Dogra Gray, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Biology and Health Sciences, Lourdes University

Dr. Anjali Dogra Gray

“I received a top-notch education and research experience at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which prepared me for the rigors of the work in the “real world.” My graduate studies made me more aware of what is expected of science majors when they graduate with their degrees. Now I am a professor and I feel well equipped to guide students towards careers in science. Mizzou will always have a special place in my heart.”

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