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Minor in Biology

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Minor in Biology

The Biology minor is available to all students except Biology majors. The requirements include 2 semesters (6 credits) of first-year biology to introduce the students to the main areas of the subject. In the remaining 13-14 credits, the students can select the upper level Biology courses that will best complement their major and/or their interests.

For example, Civil and Environmental Engineering majors may want to take environmental-related Biology courses, whereas students interested in pursuing careers in health may want to take health-related Biology courses. Finally, the laboratory requirement is to ensure that all Biology minors are exposed to some of the data collection techniques used in Biology.

Biology core (9 credits)
Biology laboratory (2 credits)
Biology electives (9 credits)

These courses are required for all biology minors:

BY140  Biology I - Inheritance, Evolution, and Diversity (3 credits)
BY160  Biology II - Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 credits)

and one of the following:

  • BY214 Genetics (3 credits)
  • BY222 General Ecology (3 credits)
  • BY320 Microbiology (3 credits)
  • BY360 Physiology (3 credits)

Laboratory Classes (2 credits)
One of the following laboratory courses:

  • BY142 Biology I Laboratory (2 credits)
  • BY162 Biology II Laboratory (2 credits)
  • BY224 General Ecology Laboratory (1 credits)
  • BY322 Microbiology Laboratory (1 credits)
  • BY362 Physiology Laboratory (1 credits)

Biology Electives (9 Credits) Courses 300 or above
Please see course descriptions in the Biology Handbook



"The flexibility of the Clarkson Biology program allowed me to take classes in physics and math in addition to my biology requirements. This has enabled me to pursue Biophysics in graduate school."

— Jessica Snyder '05 is a Ph.D. student in Biophysics at the University of Rochester.