Biology Minor

Minor - Biology

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 25

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019


Summary

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core17
Upper-Division Biology Requirement for the Minor8
Teaching Biology Track
Total Hours25

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

Note: The lower-division core should be completed before attempting most upper division BIO- courses. AP Biology credit with a score of 3 may be substituted for either BIOB 160N/BIOB 161N or BIOB 170N/BIOB 171N.

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrncpls of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 170NPrincpls Biological Diversity3
BIOB 171NPrincpls Biological Dvrsty Lab2
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Biology Requirement for the Minor

Note: These eight credits may not include BIOC, BCH, or BIOM courses.

Complete 8 credits in courses with the following rubrics:8
BIOB
BIOE
BIOH
BIOL
BIOO
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Teaching Biology Track

Notes:

  • This teaching track contains different/additional course requirements designed to meet state standards. Those interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete the teaching track of a major in a teaching content area plus the Teacher Education Program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Additional teaching areas can be added through completion of the teaching track of a major or minor in that content area.
  • To complete this teaching track, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. You do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this track must come from the Teaching and  Learning Department.  
  • Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publications. They are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.
  • Individuals completing the teaching track of this minor must also complete the teaching track of a major in another teaching content area.

Upper-Division Core Courses Required by the Biology Teaching Track

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOM 360General Microbiology3
BIOM 361General Microbiology Lab2
Total Hours5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Required Content Courses Outside of the Major

Mathematics - Calculus

Note: Choose M 171, if you plan to take additional calculus courses, or if you plan a double major or minor in a field that requires more calculus (e.g. math, physics, biochemistry, computer science).

Complete one of the following courses:4
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics
Complete the following course:
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Complete all of the following courses:
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry3
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHMY 485Laboratory Safety1
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Environmental Geosciences
Complete one of the following courses:3
Introduction to Environmental Geology
Oceanography
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Education

Note: The course number EDU 497 covers many different teaching method courses. The section of EDU 497 entitled "Methods: 5 - 12 Science" is required for the Teaching Biology minor.

Complete the following course:
EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C- 


Secondary Teaching Licensure

Note: For endorsement to teach ­­­­­biology, a student also must gain admission to the Teacher Education Program and meet all the requirements for secondary teaching licensure. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning Department