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Biology Minor

Exploring the science of life from cells to ecosystems

Biology Minor

Exploring the science of life from cells to ecosystems

Microscopic view of pink cervix cells as studied by biology majors

You can combine the biology minor with a major degree program in majors ranging from chemistry or mathematics to public health and liberal studies to acquire a strong foundation in the fundamentals of biological principles and processes. Minor students complete a core of required courses and can select electives from the areas of cellular and molecular biology, ecology, physiology and evolution. The biology minor can open up a number of job opportunities at state and federal agencies, environment-based non-governmental organizations, private environmental consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, aquariums, biology laboratory research facilities and many others. Students in the minor take a total of 28-32 credits including a term of organic chemistry.

The biology minor is a highly useful addition for chemistry, mathematics and physics majors interested in medical school or interdisciplinary graduate programs in bioinformatics, biostatistics, biochemistry and applied mathematics.

Note: Unfortunately, the Biology minor is not available for biochemistry and biophysics, biochemistry and molecular biology, biohealth sciences, biology, botany, microbiology and zoology majors.

Undergraduates interested in earning a biology minor should contact the appropriate advisor in the Integrative Biology Department.

Sample courses



Human Anatomy and Physiology

Meet our students and alumni

Science scholarship enables biology senior to expand marine science research

A recipient of the SURE Science award, biology senior Sean Trobaugh studied the symbiotic relationship between algae and sea anemones.

From chemistry to medicine

Honors student Nate Coddington has won virtually every OSU scholarship for outstanding scholastic achievement in chemistry.

A young alumnus offers advice on global issues from climate change to LGBT rights

Biology alumnus Jackson Dougan ( ‘13), former U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations where he focused on climate change policies and LGBT rights, was the young alumni speaker at our annual Scholarship Dessert.

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