College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Biology

Minor in Biology

The goal of the Minor in Biology Program is to provide non-Biology majors with a broad training in the life sciences.  This includes not only a mastery of the relevant facts, but also an ability to think critically, design and perform experiments, draw appropriate conclusions from data, an communicate results using both the spoken and written word.

To this end, students minoring in Biology will take a total of 8 courses, 6 in Biology and 2 in chemistry.  All Biology Minors must take the following courses:

Common Core for Biology Minors
Bio 101 (1011) - Bio I: Cells
Bio 102 (1021) - Bio II: Genetic and Evolutionary Biology
Bio 201 (1031) - Bio III: Organismal Biology
Chm 1011 - 1021 - General Chemistry (Lab required, Chm 1112 - 1122)

Three Upper - Level Biology Electives:

Student must take courses at the Bio 400 or higher level from at least 2 of the three groups (Group A: Cell structure and function, Group B: Systemic Organization, Group C: Evolution and Diversity of Life).

Students interested in pursuing the Minor in Biology should speak with Dr. John Tudor, Professor and Advising Coordinator of the Biology Department.  You can reach him via e-mail at or by phone at 610-660-1821.  Ideally students should begin course work in the minor by the Sophomore year in order to ensure adequate time for completion.