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School of Natural Sciences Minors

The School of Natural Sciences minors are listed below as well as information about the IU Southeast BASES Program.

BASES Program

BASES stands for Business + Arts & Sciences + Education + Society. It's a new way for students to combine skills, talents, convictions and interests in ways that make them better able to succeed in today's cross-disciplinary working world.

BASES allows you to pursue a minor in another School or discipline to round out your degree, providing you with additional career options and paths post-graduation. Learn more about how your major pairs with a minor in another area of study by visiting the BASES website.

Minor in Biology

Minor in Biology to discover what makes living organisms tick. Are you interested in animals, plants, microbes, or all of the above? Beyond understanding individual organisms, biological relationships and processes such as ecology, genetics, evolution, and development are vital to understand the interrelationship of all organisms. Most courses involve doing the work of science: collecting and analyzing data, even designing experiments. Biology is a great complement to any degree!

Minor in Chemistry

The minor in Chemistry provides a specialization in Chemistry designed for students who need more flexibility or those who desire to complete a Chemistry minor with the minimum chemistry requirements but are rich in other courses of interest. The Chemistry minor is offered to non-Chemistry majors only.

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

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Minor in Education

The Secondary Education Minor is open to all majors for those the School of Education is approved to license (i.e. English, History, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology). This gives undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a career as a teacher in Indiana/Kentucky, based on state licensing requirements.

The program allows students to complete a teaching credential program while majoring in a related program (i.e. fine arts-theatre, Spanish, economics, geography, natural sciences) or any academic area in which the state offers a content area exam that the School of Education has approval to license. The Secondary Education Minor for teacher licensure has the same program acceptance requirements for students minoring in Education, as well as, students majoring in Education.

Required Courses

  • EDUC-W 200
  • EDUC-M 300

*Candidates must be admitted to the Secondary Education Program to enroll in any of the professional education blocks below (passing scores for all Praxis I tests, prior to 5/31/2014 or CASA or other state approved alternatives based on Indiana Required Standards).

First Block

  • EDUC-K 200
  • EDUC-P 312
  • EDUC-P 313
  • EDUC-M 303

Second Block - last fall semester

  • EDUC-F 401
  • EDUC-M 301
  • EDUC-M 314 (Fall Only)
  • EDUC-M 464

Third Block - last spring semester

  • EDUC-F 401
  • EDUC-M 441 or M446 or M452 or M457 or S490 (Spring Only)
  • EDUC-M 480 student teaching

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the Secondary Education Program (SEP), candidates must meet all the requirements for Summative Decision Point I as listed below:

  1. Completed EDUC-M 300 and earned a grade of at least 2.0 (C)
  2. Possess an overall GPA of at least 2.75
  3. Possess at least a grade of 2.0 (C) in each course in the licensing area(s) and an overall average in each licensing area of at least 2.75
  4. Have passing scores on the CASA or other Indiana approved alternatives (ACT/SAT)
  5. Have positive recommendations from the EDUC-M 300 instructor or equivalent diversity course instructor
  6. Submit a completed application to the SEP with a copy of the official CASA or Indiana Approved Alternative test scores

Advising

For additional information on requirements, admissions materials, or requirements for specific blocks, please contact your school’s advisor.

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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)

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Minor in Geography

The Geography minor is useful to all students interested in broadening their knowledge of the natural and socio-economic systems of the world, and is an important addition to many majors, in particular Biology, Chemistry, Education, and Geology.

Minor in Geology

The Geology minor offers a true interdisciplinary approach to science. Geologists employ aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics to more fully understand Earth´s history and processes. Geologists are broadly prepared in the natural sciences and have diverse field and laboratory experience with minerals, rocks, and fossils.

Minor in Geosciences

Geosciences is the study of earth such as the bodies of water, the atmosphere, its complex surface, and the aspects of life. The geosciences minor takes you through Earth’s past and present to provide an understanding of what to expect in its future.

Minor in Informatics

Informatics encourages and facilitates the process of collecting, cultivating, and organizing information digitally so that it can be better utilized by the community, businesses, organizations, and individuals. Informatics bridges the digital divide to bring people, information, and technology together so that technology can be put to work for solving complex problems facing humanity. The Informatics minor gives students an opportunity to practice teamwork, leadership and technological project management skills while mastering 21st Century skills.

Minor in Mathematics

The minor in Mathematics will prepare a student for graduate study in mathematics, statistics, or related fields, as well as career paths suitable for all liberal arts degrees, such as law. Courses cover analytic geometry, calculus, linear algebra, elementary differential equations, probability and more.

Minor in Microbiology

The Minor in Microbiology degree provides an opportunity for students to supplement their major in another discipline with acknowledged course work in the biological sciences.

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

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Minor in Plant Sciences

Plant Sciences is the study of plant growth, reproduction, evolution, and adaptation, as well as the use of plants for food, fiber, and ornamental purposes. The minor in Plant Sciences provides an opportunity for students to supplement their major in another discipline with acknowledged course work in the plant sciences.

Minor in Sustainability

The minor in Sustainability provides an interdisciplinary combination of courses in a liberal arts setting that will prepare students for careers in environmental and sustainability education, advocacy, and management.

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