Biology Minor

Biology Minor

Biology Minor

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.

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 insightful 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.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

  • Understand the basic genetic, cellular, and molecular underpinnings of cells and organisms.
  • Explain the biological theory of evolution and the way that cells, tissues, species, and ecosystems have been shaped through natural selection and adaptation.
  • Use the biological sciences primary literature, and analyze and critique scientific experimentation and theory.
  • Conduct and analyze biological experiments, emphasizing the role of ethics and objectivity in scientific data collection and interpretation.
  • Develop their skills in the oral and written forms of scientific communication.

Credits required. 18-21

Prerequisites. BIO 103 (or BIO 101 + BIO 102) and CHE 103 (or CHE 101 + CHE 102). These course(s) are the prerequisites for the first course in the minor, BIO 104. They also fulfill the Required Core: Life/Physical Sciences category and the Flexible Core: Scientific World category of the College’s general education program.

Minor coordinator. Professor Jason Rauceo, Department of Sciences (646.557.4893,

Requirements. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minors or programs.

Note. Students earning a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology can NOT earn the Biology minor.

PART ONE. REQUIRED CORE COURSES                                           Subtotal: 10 credits 

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

PART TWO. ELECTIVE LECTURE COURSES                                    Subtotal: 6-9 credits

Students must earn at least 8 credits in parts two and three and complete 18 total credits to earn this minor.           Select two 

BIO 211 Microbiology 
BIO 255 Biology of Gender and Sexuality
BIO 355 Human Physiology
BIO 360 Human Pathology
BIO 364 Forensic Pathology
BIO 412 Molecular Biology
CHE 315 Biochemistry
ISP 265 Evolution and Its Impact
TOX 313Toxicology of Environmental and Industrial Agents 

BIO 360BIO 364BIO 412CHE 315: These courses count as both Lecture and Laboratory electives.

PART THREE. ELECTIVE LABORATORY COURSES                       Subtotal: 2 credits

Students must earn at least 8 credits in parts two and three and complete 18 total credits to earn this minor. 
Select one  

BIO 212 Microbiology Laboratory
BIO 356 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory

BIO 212BIO 211 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for this course.
BIO 356BIO 355 is a prerequisite or a co-requisite for this course.

Total: 18 credits 
Last Updated: 9/27/16