Biology Minor


Description. The minor in Biology is available to students of all majors. It is designed to give students an overview of the study of the most central concepts in life sciences including evolution and natural selection, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology. Within each biology course, students will appreciate the history of the study of life on earth and how this history has shaped and continues to shape biological research. Five lecture courses and two lab courses are required for the minor and students may select courses from the list of biology offerings. Prior completion of Bio103 or Bio101+Bio102 is required before beginning the biology minor. 

Additionally, most courses in the biology minor require CHE 103 (or CHE 101 + CHE 102) as a prerequisite, including BIO 205, a required core course.  Thus, CHE 103 (or CHE 101 + CHE 102) is a de facto requirement for the biology minor. 

Credits. 18

Rationale. Students in a wide variety of majors will benefit from a minor in biology, particularly those interested in postgraduate study or employment in areas of psychology, public health, and related disciplines. By pursuing the biology minor, students will gain insight and understanding regarding the biological underpinnings of all living things, including and especially humans. Furthermore, students will become familiar with the scholarly literature of the life sciences and learn to evaluate, interpret, and critique biological data. These skills are highly sought after by employers and graduate programs in a wide variety of disciplines and industrial and government settings.

Minor Coordinator. Nathan Lents, Department of Sciences (646.557.4504,


Part 1: Biology Minor Core                                                    Credits: 10

BIO 104 Modern Biology II 
BIO 205 Eukaryotic Cellular Biology 
BIO 315 Genetics

Part 2: Lecture Courses                                                         Credits: 6
Select any two courses 

BIO 255 Biology of Gender/Sex 
BIO 2XX Microbiology
BIO 2XX Forensic Biology
BIO 2XX Evolutionary Biology 
BIO 355 Human Physiology
BIO 3XX Neurobiology
BIO 3XX Forensic Anthropology 
TOX 313 Introduction to Toxicology
BIO 412 * Molecular Biology I
CHE 315 * Biochemistry

Part 3: Laboratory Courses                                                   Credits: 2
Select one course 

BIO 356 Anatomy/Physiology Lab
BIO 2XX Microbiology Lab
BIO 3XX Genetics Lab 

                                                                                                 Total: 18 credits

* Lecture/lab combined course, counts as both a lecture and a lab