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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).

Tatiana Arias, Ph.D.

BIOS, Colombia's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Tatiana Arias

“I owe MU for my formation as a scientist. I developed a passion for studying plant genomes while working in Chris Pires’ lab. Today, I’m implementing all the knowledge and experience I have acquired during my years at MU to help to do great science in my home country of Colombia. I will be forever grateful to all the professors and peers I met and interacted with in the Division of Biological Sciences during my years at MU. ”

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