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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

Katie Becklin, Ph.D.

AAUW Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas

Katie Becklin

“The biology department has been an incredible source of support for me as a scientist. During graduate school, I worked closely with a number of excellent faculty mentors who encouraged me to tackle difficult research questions and come up with innovative approaches. These people were instrumental in helping me become an independent scientist.”

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Above average in time to complete a doctorate degree

Median years required to complete a doctorate in the Division of Biological Sciences is 5.4 years, well below the national average of 6.9 years in the life sciences (March 2010; Council of Graduate Schools).

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