Biology Minor

Minor - Biology

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 25

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21


Summary

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Biology/Microbiology Lower-Division Core

17

Upper-Division Biology Requirement for the Minor

8

Teaching Biology Track

Total Hours

25


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.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOB 160N

Principles of Living Systems

3

BIOB 161N

Prncpls of Living Systems Lab

1

BIOB 170N

Princpls Biological Diversity

3

BIOB 171N

Princpls Biological Dvrsty Lab

2

BIOB 260

Cellular and Molecular Biology

4

BIOB 272

Genetics and Evolution

4

Total Hours

17

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Biology Requirement for the Minor

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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 8 credits in courses with the following rubrics:

8

BIOB

BIOE

BIOH

BIOL

BIOO

Total Hours

8

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

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

BIOM 360

General Microbiology

3

BIOM 361

General Microbiology Lab

2

Total Hours

5

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).

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4

M 162

Applied Calculus

M 171

Calculus I

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics - Statistics

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

4

CHMY 123

Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

4

CHMY 485

Laboratory Safety

1

Total Hours

9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Environmental Geosciences

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

GEO 103N

Introduction to Environmental Geology

GEO 105N

Oceanography

Total Hours

3

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.

Course List

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

EDU 497

Teaching and Assessing

4

Total Hours

4

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.