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Biology Minor

Effective Winter 2019

Exclusions:

Students who elect a minor in Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology; Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Plant Biology' Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity; Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science (formerly known as CMB:BME); Microbiology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB - formerly known as Cellular & Molecular Biology or CMB); Neuroscience; or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Environmental Studies, Plant Biology, or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The minor in Biology is not intended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.

Advising

To make an advising appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://lsa.umich.edu/biology/undergraduates/advising.html

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Biology Minor:

Minimum 15 cr. in Minor (minimum of five courses)

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Minor

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for minor requirements, and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

  • A. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174, & BIOLOGY 173; or
  • B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
  • C. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits, distributed as follows:

Core Courses
Select at least two of the four courses  listed.  (Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381*
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392*


Lab or Field Course
(This requirement may OVERLAP with other minor reqs.):

Choose one laboratory or field course in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB from the following: BIOLOGY 207, 226, 230, 252, 255, 288; EEB 300*, 313, 320, 321, 330, 341, 348, 372, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 416, 431, 433, 436, 441, 443, 450, 451, 453, 455, 457, 468, 477, 482, 483, 486, 489, 493, 556; MCDB 300*, 306, 308, 400*, 416, 419, 423, 424, 429.
*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill a lab requirement. 

Upper-Level Elective
(May overlap with the lab requirement.):

Choose one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400- level

  • EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 399, EEB/MCDB 499, MCDB 412, MCDB 461, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill this requirement.  (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Course(s)
Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level, to reach 15 minor credit hours. 

  • BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299, EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 15 cr. required for the minor.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (BIOLOGY 200, EEB/MCDB 300 or 400) may be counted toward the minor.

Biology (Minor) (Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2018

Exclusions:

Students who elect a minor in Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology), Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity, Cellular & Molecular Biology, CMB:BME, Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Environmental Studies, Plant Biology, or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The minor in Biology is not intended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.

Advising

To make an advising appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://lsa.umich.edu/biology/undergraduates/advising.html

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Biology Minor:

Minimum 15 cr. in Minor (minimum of five courses)

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Minor

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for minor requirements, and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

  • A. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174, & BIOLOGY 173; or
  • B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
  • C. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits, distributed as follows:

Core Courses
Select at least two of the four courses  listed.  (Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381*
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392*


Lab or Field Course
(This requirement may OVERLAP with other minor reqs.):

Choose one laboratory or field course in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB from the following: BIOLOGY 207, 226, 230, 252, 255, 288; EEB 300*, 313, 320, 321, 330, 341, 348, 372, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 416, 431, 433, 436, 441, 443, 450, 451, 453, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 477, 482, 483, 486, 489, 493, 556; MCDB 300*, 306, 308, 400*, 413, 416, 419, 423, 424, 429.
*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill a lab requirement. 

Upper-Level Elective
(May overlap with the lab requirement.):

Choose one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400- level

  • EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 399, EEB/MCDB 499, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill this requirement.  (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Course(s)
Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 15 minor credit hours. 

  • BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 15 cr. required for the minor.

Biology (Minor) (Fall 2015 - Summer 2018)

Effective Fall 2015

Exclusions:

Students who elect a minor in Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology), Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity, Cellular & Molecular Biology, CMB:BME, Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Environmental Studies, Plant Biology, or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The minor in Biology is not intended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.

Advising

To make an advising appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at http://lsa.umich.edu/biology/undergraduates/advising.html

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Biology Minor:

Minimum 15 cr. in Minor (minimum of five courses)

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Minor

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for minor requirements, and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

  • A. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174, & 173; or,
  • B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits, distributed as follows:

Core Courses
Select at least two of the four courses  listed.  (Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381*
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392*


Lab or Field Course
(This requirement may OVERLAP with other minor reqs.):

Choose one laboratory or field course in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB from the following: BIOLOGY 207, 226, 230, 252, 255, 288; EEB 300*, 313, 320, 321, 330, 341, 348, 372, 381, 392, 400*, 405, 416, 431, 433, 436, 441, 442 (only through SU17), 443, 450, 451, 453, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 477, 482, 483, 486, 489, 493, 556; MCDB 300*, 306, 308, 400*, 413, 416, 419, 423, 424, 429.
*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill a lab requirement. 

Upper-Level Elective
(May overlap with the lab requirement.):

Choose one course in EEB or MCDB at the 300- or 400- level

  • EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 399, EEB/MCDB 499, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
  • EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill this requirement.  (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Course(s)
Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 15 minor credit hours. 

  • BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 262, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 15 cr. required for the minor.

Biology Minor (Fall 2015)

Effective Fall 2015

The minor in biology offers students a coherent program of study and training in the biological sciences. It provides exposure to the fundamental principles of biology, including studies of the structure, organization, and diversity of life. The minor is well suited for students who wish to pursue a career that requires an understanding and appreciation of the life sciences, though it is not intended for students interested in graduate work in biology.

Exclusions

Students who elect a minor in Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Environmental Studies, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Global Change.

The minor in Biology is not intended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.

Prerequisites to the Minor

 BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173.

Requirements for the Minor

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits in Biology at the 200-level and above, distributed as follows:

  1. Two courses chosen from among:
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    • Biochemistry: select one of 
      • MCDB 310
      • BIOLCHEM 415 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008) 
      • CHEM 351 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281
    • Evolution:  EEB 390;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)

  2. One laboratory or field course in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB at the 200-level or above (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400, independent study, elected for a minimum of 3 credits, may be used as the laboratory course. Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.).

  3. One additional BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 300-level or above,
    except for:
    • EEB 301 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • EEB 302
    • EEB 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • EEB 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • MCDB 301 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • MCDB 302
    • MCDB 399 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • MCDB 412
    • MCDB 499 (effective Fall 2015, retroactive to Fall 2008)


    A third course from Group One not used to satisfy Group One requirements may be used to satisfy this requirement.

  4. Elective courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB to bring minor credits to at least 15.

Biology Minor (Fall 2008-Summer 2015)

Effective Fall 2008-Summer 2015

The minor in biology offers students a coherent program of study and training in the biological sciences. It provides exposure to the fundamental principles of biology, including studies of the structure, organization, and diversity of life. The minor is well suited for students who wish to pursue a career that requires an understanding and appreciation of the life sciences, though it is not intended for students interested in graduate work in biology.

Exclusions

Students who elect a minor in Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, or Biochemistry. They may also not elect a minor in Environmental Studies, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Global Change.

The minor in Biology is not intended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.

Prerequisites to the Minor

 BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173.

Requirements for the Minor

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits in Biology at the 200-level and above (Students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 must take 17 credits), distributed as follows:

  1. Two courses chosen from among:
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305,
    • Biochemistry: MCDB (BIOLOGY) 310 or 311,
    • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281,
    • Evolution:  EEB (BIOLOGY) 390 ;  or EEB 392* (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
  2. One laboratory or field course in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB at the 200-level or above (EEB 300 or 400, or MCDB 300 or 400, independent study, elected for a minimum of 3 credits, may be used as the laboratory course. Three credits of independent research must be completed in one term to satisfy a laboratory requirement.).
  3. One additional BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB course at the 300-level or above (except EEB 302, MCDB 302, or MCDB 412). A third course from Group One not used to satisfy Group One requirements may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  4. Elective courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB to bring minor credits to at least 15 (17 for students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162).