The Minor in Biological Sciences:
The minor in biological sciences has been designed to provide students with a broad background in biology while allowing them significant flexibility to choose courses of interest. Students enrolled in any of Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges may declare the minor. To complete the Minor in Biological Sciences, students must submit the “Declaration of Minor” form; this form can be found in the Office of Undergraduate Biology or at www.biology.cornell.edu/forms-and-docs.
Animal Sciences; Biology & Society; Entomology; Human Biology, Health & Society; Environmental Science and Sustainability-Ecology track; Nutritional Sciences; Plant Sciences are ineligible for the minor due to significant overlap with their respective major course requirements.
21 credits of approved biology course work chosen from the following:
- BIOG 1440 - Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology
- BIOG 1445 - Introduction to Comparative Physiology, Individualized Instruction
- BIOG 1500 - Investigative Biology Laboratory
- BIOSM 1500 - Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory
- BIOMG 1350 - Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology
- BIOEE 1610 - Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment
- BIOSM 1610 - Ecology and the Marine Environment
- BIOEE 1780 - An Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
- BIOSM 1780 - Evolution and Marine Diversity
- Any 2000-level or higher Biological Sciences courses (BIOXX prefix courses)
Ineligible courses include:
- BIOEE 1250 - Biology Seminar
- BIOG 1003 - [Academic Support for Summer Biology Courses]
- BIOG 1045 - Academic Support for BIOG 1445 Introduction to Comparative Physiology
- BIOG 1014 - Academic Support for BIOG 1140: Foundations of Biology
- BIOG 1015 - Academic Support for BIOG 1500 Investigative Lab
- BIOG 1035 - [Academic Support for BIOMG 1350: Cell and Developmental Biology]
- BIOG 1061 - [Academic Support for BIOEE 1610: Ecology and the Environment]
- BIOG 1078 - [Academic Support for BIOEE 1780: Evolution and Diversity]
- BIOG 1200 - Biology Scholars Program Freshman Seminar
- BIOG 1250 - Biology Seminar
- BIOG 2000 - Special Studies in Biology
- BIOG 2200 - Biology Scholars Program Sophomore Seminar
- BIOG 2990 - Introduction to Research Methods in Biology
- BIOG 3010 - [Seminar in Research Skills for Biologists: I]
- BIOG 3020 - [Seminar in Research Skills for Biologists: II]
- BIOG 4040 - Planning for Graduate Study in Biology
- BIOG 4080 - Presentation Skills for Biologists
- BIOG 4980 - Teaching Experience
- BIOG 4990 - Independent Undergraduate Research in Biology (However, may be used toward the laboratory requirement. See below.)
- BIOMG 1250 - Biology Seminar
- BIOMG 1290 - Personal Genomics and Medicine: Why Should You Care About What's in Your Genes
- BIOMI 1120 - Microbes, the Earth, and Everything (crosslisted)
- BIOMI 1250 - Biology Seminar
- BIOMI 1720 - Biomedical Terminology (crosslisted)
- BIOMI 4980 - Teaching Experience
- BIONB 1250 - [Biology Seminar]
- BIOPL 1120 - Issues in Social Biology: from Diet to Diseases, DNA to Deforestation
- BIOPL 1250 - Biology Seminar
- BIOPL 2210 - Natural Remedies and Ethnohealth
- BIOPL 2400 - Green World/Blue Planet
- BIOPL 2490 - Hollywood Biology: Science in Cinema
- One course worth 2 credits or more must be a laboratory or field course. Up to 3 credits of BIOG 4990 may be used to fulfill this requirement, otherwise it is ineligible to be used for minor requirements. BIOG 2990 may not be used.
Only 2 courses may be used to fulfill both the biology minor requirements and a student’s major requirements.
- Advanced Placement credits earned in biology may not be used toward the 21 credits required for the minor.
- Once a student is matriculated, all courses for the minor must be taken at Cornell. External transfer students and study abroad students may apply only one course taken at another institution toward minor requirements.
- All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade unless a course is offered S-U grades only.
- Students will be responsible for planning their minor in conjunction with their major advisor. Students and advisors should contact an Office of Undergraduate Biology advisor () if they have questions about Biology courses. Please note that admission to the minor does not guarantee that a student will be able to enroll in a given Biological Sciences course in a given semester, just as being a Biological Sciences major offers no such guarantee.