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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

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.)

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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)

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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

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

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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

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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.

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Minor in Informatics

Download a PDF version of the Informatics Minor Information

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

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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.)

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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.)

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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

15 credit hours from the following:
(No more than one introductory biology course such as BIOL-L 102 or PLSC-B 101)

  • 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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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.

Students attracted to the environmental and sustainability management certificate are expected to work for governments, private businesses, and special interest organizations that seek to sustain and improve both current and future conditions for life on earth. The interdisciplinary certificate program seeks to provide them with skills and perspectives that will serve the development of their own rewarding careers in this field.

The minor in sustainability

  • offers a holistic interdisciplinary approach;
  • engages students in relevant civic engagement opportunities in the Louisville metropolitan region;
  • provides an alternative program for students interested in environmental issues but less interested in scientific occupations;
  • enhances the liberal arts experience with courses in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and business.

To obtain the minor in sustainability, students will complete all of the primary courses (9 credits) and choose one secondary course from each area (9 credits):

Primary (complete all courses for a total of 9 credits)

  • PHYS-P 120 Energy and Technology (3 cr.) P: none
  • PHIL-P 237 Environmental Ethics (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131
  • SOC-S 309 The Community (3 cr.) P: SOC-S 163 or 3 credits in Sociology

Secondary (select one course from each areas for a total of 9 credits)

Environmental Sustainability  

  • EDUC-Q 450/550 Science Technology and Society in a Changing World (3 cr.) P: none;
  • BIOL-L 200 Environmental Biology (3 cr.) P: none

Social Sustainability

  • SOC-S 305 Populations and Human Ecology (3 cr.) P: SOC-S 163 or 3 credits in Sociology
  • SOC-S 308 Global Society (3 cr.) P: SOC-S 163 or 3 credits in Sociology

Economic Sustainability

  • ECON-E 363 Environmental and Natural Resources (3 cr.) (pending); P: ECON-E 201, E202
  • POLS-Y 376 International Political Economy (3 cr.) P: none

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