Biology, Minor

The Biology minor is meant for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the life sciences. After completion of the introductory courses, students may choose upper level courses in their particular area of interest. 

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Robert Sanders, Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 255
215-204-8851

Dr. Erik Cordes, Vice Chair
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 315A
erik.cordes@temple.edu
215-204-8876

Dr. Joel Sheffield, Faculty Advisor
Juniors/Seniors, Research Questions
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 311
215-204-8839
jbs@temple.edu

Dr. Angela Bricker, Faculty Advisor
First Year Students/Sophomore Year Students
Biology-Life Sciences Building, Room 248C
215-204-8578
abricker@temple.edu

Minor Requirements

Students interested in acquiring basic knowledge in biology but not wishing to major in the subject may pursue a minor by successful completion of the following courses:

BIOL 1111Introduction to Organismal Biology4
or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
Select one of the following:4
BIOL 1112
or BIOL 1912
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Three additional upper-level Biology electives numbered 2200 or higher (see course descriptions for exceptions); at least one of these electives must have a laboratory component10
Total Credit Hours18

Note that a grade of C- or higher in BIOL 1111 or BIOL 1911, and in BIOL 1112, BIOL 1912, BIOL 2112, or BIOL 2912 is required to take Biology electives. BIOL 2227, BIOL 2296, and BIOL 3096 can be taken as electives for the minor. Please consult the Biology Department's advisor when choosing the three additional courses to ensure that prerequisites have been satisfied.

A minimum of 18 credits in Biology is required for the minor.

Residency Requirements: At least 3 Biology courses required for the minor must be completed at Temple.