Minors in and for Biology

 

There are five Biology-related minor programs. Three are specifically for Biology majors and two are designed for students who have a major other than Biology.

Minors for Biological Sciences majors

 

The minor in Bioinformatics is intended for students who are majoring in Biological Sciences. It consists of 21 credit hours in the Life and Computing Sciences. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all required courses. Besides required courses, students wishing to minor in Bioinformatics must complete a senior thesis, either by registering for UNIV 401 - Senior Thesis and UNIV 402 - Senior Thesis, or through department sponsored research (e.g. BISC 466 - Independent Study). One Life Science and one Computing Science faculty member must direct the research. The senior thesis committee must be composed of the two research directors and one additional member chosen in consultation with the two research directors. The course requirements for the minor, including all prerequisites for the courses, as enumerated in the University Course Catalog, are as follows:

  • ANSC 644 - Bioinformatics (3 credits)
  • BISC 401 - Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 credits)
    • Prerequisites:
      • BISC 207 - Introductory Biology I (4 credits)
      • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
      • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
      • CHEM 322 - Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 527 - Introductory Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 322 - Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CISC 220 - Data Structures (3 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CISC 181 - Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
    • Corequisite:
      • MATH 210 - Discrete Mathematics I (3 credits)
        OR

        MATH 242 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus B (4 credits)

  • CISC 437 - Database Systems (3 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CISC 220 - Data Structures (3 credits)
  • Senior Thesis (6 credits)

 

Minors for non-Biological Sciences majors

 

Minor in Biological Sciences

This minor is for students whose major is not Biological Sciences. The required courses are:

  •      BISC 207 - Introductory Biology I (4 credits) and

              BISC 208 - Introductory Biology II (4 credits)

Additional BISC courses beyond Introductory Biology to reach a total of 19 credits. BISC100, BISC207, BISC208 may count toward the required 19 credits.

           Restrictions:

  1. Either BISC276 or BISC306 may be applied to the minor, not both.
  2. Either BISC302 or BISC321 may be applied to the minor, not both.
  3. Special problems (such as BISC466), Research (such as BISC468) and Undergraduate Teaching (BISC422) cannot be applied to the minor.
  4. No courses from other departments may be applied to the minor.
  • CHEM 101 - General Chemistry (4 credits) and

            CHEM 102 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
OR

  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry (4 credits) and

    CHEM 104 - General Chemistry (4 credits)

  • CHEM 213/215 - Elementary Organic Chemistry/lab (3/1 credits)

OR

  • CHEM 321 - Organic Chemistry (4 credits)

The requirements include any of the necessary prerequisites for the required courses. A grade of C- or better is required in all biology courses taken for the minor, and a D (not a D-) is required for all non-biology courses for the minor.

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Minor in Computational Biology

The minor in Computational Biology is intended for students who are majors in something other than Biological Sciences. It consists of 21 credit hours in the Life and Computing Sciences. A grade of C- or better must be earned in all required courses. Besides required courses, students wishing to minor in Computational Biology must complete a senior thesis, either by registering for UNIV 401 - Senior Thesis and UNIV 402 - Senior Thesis, or through department sponsored research (e.g. BISC 466 - Independent Study). One Life Science and one Computing Science faculty member must direct the research. The senior thesis committee must be composed of the two research directors and one additional member chosen in consultation with the two research directors. At least one of the members of the committee must be a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences. The course requirements for the minor, including all prerequisites for the courses, as enumerated in the University Course Catalog, are as follows:

  • ANSC 644 - Bioinformatics (3 credits)
    • Prerequisites: None
  • BISC 401 - Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 credits)
    • Prerequisites:
      • BISC 207 - Introductory Biology I (4 credits)
      • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
      • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry (4 credits)
      • one semester of organic chemistry
  • CISC 220 - Data Structures (3 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CISC 181 - Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)
    • Corequisite:
      • MATH 210 - Discrete Mathematics I (3 credits)
        OR

        MATH 242 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus B (4 credits)

  • CISC 437 - Database Systems (3 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CISC 220 - Data Structures (3 credits)
  • MAST 634 - Marine Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • Senior Thesis (6 credits)

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