In our increasingly interdisciplinary world, it’s essential for you to develop expertise across a breadth of disciplines, from politics to philosophy to science. With a minor in biology, you can expand your academic horizons.
You’ll find that biology is not an isolated discipline, but one with far-reaching applications addressing real-world issues in your field.
What is a Biology Minor?
To obtain a minor in biology, you complete the following:
- Introductory Biology I and II
- An additional 7 credit hours of biology coursework at the 200-level or above, at least one course with a lab component
This combination of courses provides you with a solid foundation in the central theories and practices of the life sciences while allowing you to explore a particular area of biology in greater depth. From microbiology to mammalogy to mathematical biology, you can tailor your coursework to match your interests and career aspirations.
Why Minor in Biology?
Students have many reasons for obtaining a minor. For example, graduating with a major in business and a minor in biology will look attractive to a biotech company; understanding the life sciences can also open doors to career options in scientific journalism. Whether your goal is to broaden your professional opportunities or you simply enjoy biology and want to continue to learn, a minor gives in biology gives you the diversity to succeed in any career.
7 January 2016 | 8:38 pm
Alumnus Conor Gearin (’15) is proof of the versatility of a liberal arts education. The biology and English double major is currently a freelance reporter and poet in MIT’s graduate program in science writing. And, he was recently published in The Atlantic magazine. During his time at Truman, Conor participated in an internship funded by a […]
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While kayaking down Alabama’s Cahaba River in 2011, Nathan Whelan (’08) pulled out a unique three-banded shell that resembled the nickel-sized body of a Leptoxis compacta snail. The species was declared extinct in 2000, but Whelan had a hunch the L. compacta, or oblong rocksnail, still lived. After running a few tests and comparing the wild-caught […]