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School of Natural Sciences Minors

Minor in Biology

20 credit hours, chosen from the following biological science courses:
(No more than one introductory biology course such as BIOL-L 100, L 101, L 102, PLSC-B 101, & ZOOL-Z 103)

  • ANAT-A 464 Human Tissue Biology (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-K 312 Immunology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-K 313 Immunology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 100 Humans and the Biological World (3-5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 101 Introductory Biology I (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 Introductory Biology II (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 303 Field Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 304 Marine Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 311 Genetics (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 312 Cell Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 313 Cell Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 317 Developmental Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 318 Evolution (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 319 Genetics Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 341 Natural History of Coral Reefs (GEOL-G 341) (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 343 Applied Conservation Biology (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 433 Tropical Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 473 Ecology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 474 Laboratory in Ecology (2 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 317 Introductory Developmental Biology Lecture (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-Z 318 Developmental Biology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 210 Oceanography (3 cr.)
  • MICR-M 310 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • MICR-M 315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • MICR-M 350 Microbial Physiology and Biochemistry (3 cr.)
  • MICR-M 360 Microbial Physiology Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • MICR-M 420 Environmental Microbiology (5 cr.)
  • MICR-M 485 Microbial Genetics Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 416 Comparative Animal Physiology (3 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 418 Laboratory in Comparative Animal Physiology (2 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 101 Plant Biology (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 214 Natural History (3 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 364 Summer-Flowering Plants (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 368 Ethnobotany (Plants and Civilization) (3 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 373 Plant Growth and Development (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 370 Plant Physiology (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B 375 Horticultural Plants Biotechnology (5 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 103 Animal Biology (5 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 373 Entomology (3 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 374 Invertebrate Zoology (5 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 383 Entomology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 460 Ethology (Animal Behavior) (3 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 466 Endocrinology (3 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z 476 Biology of Fishes (3 cr.)

Minor in Chemistry

The Chemistry Minor is offered to non-Chemistry Majors only.  Candidates for the Minor in Chemistry must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher in each course:

  • General Chemistry I & II - two courses w/labs (CHEM-C105/C125 & CHEM-C106/C126)
  • Organic Chemistry I - one course w/lab (CHEM-C341/C343)
  • Chemistry Electives - two courses from the list below
Chemistry Electives
  • CHEM-C303 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM-C315 Chemical Measurements Lab I
  • CHEM-C317 Equilibria & Electrochemistry
  • CHEM-C318 Spectrochemistry & Separations
  • CHEM-C333 Experimental Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C344 Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM-C361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter
  • CHEM-C362 Physical Chemistry of Molecules
  • CHEM-C364 Intro. to Basic Measurements
  • CHEM-C390 Special Topics in Chemistry (with permission)
  • CHEM-C430 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM-C470 Polymer Chemistry
  • CHEM-C484 Biomolecules & Catabolism
  • CHEM-C485 Biosynthesis & Physiology
  • CHEM-C486 Biochemistry Lab
  • CHEM-C490 Individual Study (with permission)

Minor in Computer Science

  1. Computer Science Core (all three courses required)
    • CSCI-C 201 or INFO-I210
    • CSCI-C 202 or INFO-I211
    • CSCI-C 251 or INFO-I201
  2. Concentration area (choose one area and complete all courses in that area)
    1. Computer Networking Option
      • CSCI-A 247
      • CSCI-B 438
      • CSCI-C 335
    2. Database Systems Option
      • CSCI-B 461
      • CSCI-C 343
    3. Client Server Option
      • BUS-K 321
      • CSCI-N 341
      • CSCI-N 342
    4. Information Technology Option
      • CSCI-A 247
      • CSCI-N 341
      • CSCI-N 342

Checksheet for Minor in Computer Science

Minor in Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry Minor is offered to Chemistry and non-Chemistry Majors.  Candidates for the Minor in Environmental Chemistry must complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher in each course:

  • General Chemistry I & II - two courses w/labs (CHEM-C105/C125 & CHEM-C106/C126)
  • Organic Chemistry I - one course w/lab (CHEM-C341/C343)
  • Analytic Chemistry - two courses (CHEM-C317 & C318)
  • Environmental Chemistry - one course (CHEM-C303)
  • Environmental Chemistry Lab - one lab course (CHEM-C333 or C315)

Minor in Geography

18 credit hours, including the following geography courses with a grade of C or higher in each course:

  • Complete Each of the Following:
    • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment (3 cr.)
    • GEOG-G 110 Introduction to Human Geography (3 cr.)
    • GEOG-G 201 World Regional Geography (3 cr.)
  • Select One of the Following:
    • GEOG-G 333 Introductory Cartography (3 cr.)
    • GEOG-G 338 Geographic Information Science (3 cr.)
  • 6 credit hours in Geography and/or Geology Electives, with at least 3 credit hours in lecture-based courses at the 300 - 400 level, with approval of advisor

Minor in Geology

19 credit hours, including the following courses with a grade of C or higher in each course:

  • GEOL-G 100 Earth Science: Geologic Concepts (5 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 221 Introduction to Mineraology (4 cr.)
  • GEOL-G 222 Introductory Petrology (4 cr.)
  • At least 6 credit hours in geology at the 300 - 400 level, with at least 3 credit hours in lecture-based courses, with approval of advisor

Minor in Geosciences

18 credit hours, including the following courses with a grade of C or higher in each course:

  • Select One of the Following:
    • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment(3 cr.)
    • GEOL-G 100 Earth Science: Geologic Aspects (5 cr.)
  • Select one of the Following:
    • AST-A 100 The Solar System (3 cr.)
    • AST-A 105 Stellar Astronomy (3 cr.)
    • GEOG-G 201 World Regional Geography (3 cr.)
    • GEOL-G 221 Introductory Mineralogy (4 cr.)
  • 9 - 12 credit hours with at least 9 credit hours in lecture-based formal geography, geology, or astronomy courses, with at least 6 credit hours at the 300 - 400 level. Approval of program by geoscience advisor required.

1Students cannot earn a minor in geoscience if they apply for a geoscience major or a geography or geology minor.

Minor in Informatics

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The Informatics Minor is offered to non-Informatics majors only.  Candidates for the Minor in Informatics must complete three courses from the Informatics Core Requirements List and two courses from the Informatics Electives List with a grade of C or higher in each course.

Informatics Core Requirements List (choose three of the following)
Dept. Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade Co-Reqs or Pre-reqs
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics 4 C None
INFO-I 201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics 4 C P: INFO-I 101, INFO-I 110/I 111, INFO-I 210, MATH-M 118
INFO-I 202 Social Informatics 3 C C: INFO-I 101
INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I 4 C C: INFO-I 101 & INFO-I 110/I 111
INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II 4 C P: INFO-I 110/I 111 & INFO-I 210
INFO-I 300 Human-Computer Interaction 3 C P: INFO-I 110/I 111 & INFO-I 211
INFO-I 308 Information Representation 3 C P: INFO-I 110/I 111, INFO-I 201, & INFO-I 210
INFO-I 421 Applications of Data Mining 3 C P: INFO-I308
Informatics Electives List (choose two of the following)
Dept. Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade Co-Reqs or Pre-reqs
INFO-I 303 Organizational Informatics 3 C P: INFO-I 101
INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing 3 C P: INFO-I 211
INFO-I 441 Interaction Design Practice 3 C P: INFO-I 300
INFO-I 499 (w/permission) Readings & Research in Informatics 3-6 C Varies

Minor in Mathematics

16 credit hours including the following mathematics courses:

  • M 215 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5 cr.)
  • M 216 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5 cr.)
  • M 311 Calculus III (3 cr.)
  • and one of the following:
    • M 303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates (3 cr.)
    • M 313 Elementary Differential Equations with Applications (3 cr.)
    • M 360 Elements of Probability (3 cr.)

Minor in Microbiology

20 credit hours chosen from the following:
(No more than one introductory biology course such as BIOL-L 102, PLSC-B 101, ZOOL-Z 103)

  • BIOL-L102 Introduction to Biological Sciences 2 (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B101 Plant Biology (5 cr.)
  • ZOOL-Z103 Animal Biology (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-K312 Immunology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L312 Cell Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L313 Cell Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L319 Genetics Laboratory (3 cr.)
  • MICR-M310 Microbiology (3 cr.) with MICR-M315 Microbiology Laboratory (2 cr.)
  • MICR-M420 Environmental Microbiology (3 cr.) with BIOL-L474 Laboratory in Ecology (2 cr.) OR MICR-M420 Environmental Microbiology (5 cr.)

Minor in Physics

18 credit hours in physics including these physics courses:

  • P 201 or P 221
  • P 202 or P 222
  • P 301
  • P 309
  • one additional 3-credit-hour physics course numbering 300 or above

Minor in Plant Sciences

15 credit hours from the following:
(No more than one introductory biology course such as BIOL-L102 or PLSC-B101)

  • PLSC-B101 Plant Biology (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L102 Intro. to Biological Sciences II (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B364 Summer-Flowering Plants (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B370 Plant Physiology (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B373 Plant Growth and Development (5 cr.)
  • PLSC-B375 Horticulture Plants (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L490 Individual Study (in botany) (cr. arr.)

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