Biology, Minor


Department of Biology

Biology Minor Requirements

The Minor in Biology may be earned by completing the 22-unit biology core:
BIOL 1A, BIOL 1B and BIOL 1BL, BIOL 101, BIOL 101L, BIOL 102, BIOL 103, BIOL 104, BIOL 105.

Note: The Biology Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.


Faculty expertise spans the range of biology from the molecular to the ecological, with a broad representation of taxonomic specialties. Laboratories in most upper-division majors’ courses are taught by faculty, and individualized student/faculty research participation through independent study is strongly encouraged.

Faculty members have garnered independent research funding from various agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Sea Grant. Faculty and students also participate in collaborative studies on, for example, medical and clinical topics with local physicians and hospitals; agricultural topics with the University of California Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Agricultural Research Service San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center in Fresno/Parlier; ecological and environmental topics with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service and Endangered Species Recovery Program; and science educational topics with regional school districts and state and national credentialing agencies.

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