Designed to permit students majoring in another field to pursue a program of study in biology, this minor includes the fundamentals of biology as well as electives allowing students to focus on an area of interest or career relevance.
|Minor Requirements (20 credits)
|Cells and Molecules
|Evolution and Ecology
|Two 200+ level BIO or INBIO electives 1
Upon completion of the Biology minor students will:
- Demonstrate understanding of biological diversity, the diversity of subspecies, species, and higher level taxa or clades, the phylogenetic relationships of those taxa, and the features that distinguish specific lineages or taxa. This concept does not include genetic or phenotypic diversity of individuals within a species..
- Demonstrate understanding of evolution, the change in the hereditary characteristics of groups of organisms over the course of generations. It encompasses several subdisciplines: behavioral evolution, evolutionary developmental biology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, evolutionary systematics, paleontology, and molecular evolution.
- Demonstrate understanding of sub-organismal biology, the structure, function, and evolution of the components of individual organisms, from the molecular level to tissue and /or organ-system level. This includes, but is not limited to, biochemistry and metabolism, proteomics, genetics, molecular and cell biology, neurobiology, and physiology..
- Demonstrate understanding of organismal biology, individual organisms and their structures and processes, such as reproduction, development, life cycle events, ecophysiology, behavior, feeding, locomotion, dispersal, and mortality. Whether applied to single-celled microorganisms or to complex multicellular organisms, 'organismal' denotes specific modes of survival and reproduction and refers to the target or object of natural selection.
- Demonstrate understanding of supra-organismal biology, the populations, communities, ecosystems and other higher levels of biological organization such as landscape, biome or biosphere. It includes focus on patterns of diversity, community succession, species interactions, behavioral ecology, population dynamics, trophic structure, nutrient cycling, and energy flow.
- Be able to develop testable hypotheses, design experiments to test hypotheses, and conduct experiments including data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation. They will also be able to effectively search computer databases for relevant literature (primary and secondary) on scientific topics.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills, both oral and written, for the purposes of conveying biological information to professional scientists and the lay public.
- Develop intellectual independence, scientific literacy, and an appreciation for the connections between biological science and society.