Biology Department Minors

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Biology Minor

PEAKS | Natural Sciences & Mathematics |

Biology Minor

18-20 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  

Math Courses

Complete 3-4 credits from the following:

MAT-125

Data Analysis and Statistics

3

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus

4

Note: Students planning to take BIO-203 should choose either MAT-125 or MAT-150. Students planning to take BIO-330 can choose any of the 3 MAT courses or any higher level MAT course.

Biology Required Courses

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-203 or
BIO-330

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity and Laboratory
Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

Additional Biology Courses

BIO

Complete 2 additional Biology Courses, one must be a 300-level or above

6 - 8

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving in sciences
  • Written communication skills
  • Understanding of core biological principles
  • Understanding the nature and methodologies of science

Note: Students who wish to receive certification in biology as a second field must complete 20 credits of biology including this minor. In such a case, this minor should include:

Course Course Title Credits

BIO-203

Ecology, Evolution and Diversity & Laboratory

4

BIO-300-level

Any Systematics course

 

Health Professions Studies Minor

PEAKS | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Dental Track

40-43 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4
3

MAT-151 or
MAT-125

Calculus I or
Data Analysis and Statistics

4
3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PHY 232 or
PHY-272

General Physics II and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Complete at least 2 courses from the following:

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Med Track

44-48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-304 or
BIO-374

Human Physiology and Laboratory or
Animal Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-330 or
BIO-316

Cell Biology and Laboratory or
Genetics

4
3

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4/3

MAT-151,
MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Calculus I,
Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

4
3
3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PHY 232 or
PHY-272

General Physics II and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Occupational Therapy Track

33-34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods


3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PSY-201 or
PSY-404

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or
Abnormal Psychology


3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Optometry Track

50-52 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4
3

MAT-151

Calculus I

4

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PHY 232 or
PHY-272

General Physics II and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics II and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Pharmacy Track

50-51 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-412

Biochemistry and Laboratory

4

MAT-151

Calculus I

4

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Physical Therapy Track

46-48 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ATH-101

Cultural Anthropology

3

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

PSY-201 or
PSY-404

Introduction to Developmental Psychology or
Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-340

The Psychology of Child Development

3

SOC-100

Introduction to Sociology

3

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Physician Assistant Track

37 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-303

Human Anatomy and Laboratory

4

BIO-304

Human Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-412

Biochemistry

3/4

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

 

Health Professions Studies Minor
Pre-Veterinary Track

40-42 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

BIO-202

Organismal Biology and Laboratory

4

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302 or
CHE-412

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory or
Biochemistry

4
3

MAT-151,
MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Calculus I,
Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

4
3
3

PHY-231 or
PHY-271

General Physics I and Laboratory or
Analytical Physics I and Laboratory

4
5

HSC/BIO

Research or Internship

2

Complete at least 2 courses from the following:

BIO-316

Genetics

3

BIO-330

Cell Biology and Laboratory

4

BIO-360

Microbiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-374

Animal Physiology and Laboratory

4

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will complete pre-requisite courses for graduate/professional program of interest.
  • Students will gain research or internship experience in their area of professional interest, further preparing them for a professional program in the field.
  • Students will have grounding in the biological and physical sciences.

Human Biology Minor

PEAKS | Natural Sciences & Mathematics |

Human Biology Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

MAT

Complete 1 Math course (excluding MAT-105 & MAT-221)

3

Complete 12 credits (including at least two BIO course, with at least one laboratory course) from the following:

BIO-102

Biology of Human Disease and Laboratory

4

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-105

Introduction to Exercise Physiology and Laboratory

4

BIO-108

Human Genetics

3

BIO-109

Biology of Reproduction

3-4

BIO-129

Murder, Medicine, and Magic

3-4

BIO-145

Drugs, Brains and Behavior

3-4

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

CHE-124

Forensic Science and Laboratory

3

KIN-317

Drug Use and Abuse

3

KIN-318

Nutrition

3

KIN-319

Mechanical Analysis of Sport

3

PSY-202

Introduction to Biological Psychology

3

PSY-330

Introduction to Neuropsychology

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving in sciences
  • Written communication skills
  • Understanding the biological basis of human wellness and disease

Technical and Analytical Skills in the Natural Sciences Minor

PEAKS | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

Technical and Analytical Skills in the Natural Sciences Minor

24-25 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BIO

Two Laboratory courses in Natural Sciences

8

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

 

ART-107

Digital Imaging

3

ART-108

Introduction to Web Design

3

ART-201

Visual Communications I

3

ART-202

Visual Communications II

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

BUS-150

Business Computer Applications

3

CSC-150

Computer Science I

4

CSC-151

Computer Science II

4

ENV-350/350L

Geographic Information Systems and Laboratory

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Computer-based skills (software applications and/or computer programming)
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of the scientific method

Associated Minors

Natural Sciences Minor

PEAKS | Natural Sciences & Mathematics |

Natural Sciences Minor

13 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Math Courses

Complete 1 course from the following (or higher-level math excluding

MAT-221 & MAT-222):

 

MAT-111

Contemporary Mathematics

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4

MAT-212

Advanced Statistical Methods

3

Physical Sciences

Complete at least 3 credits from the following:

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

ENV-160

Environmental Science I and Laboratory

4

GOL-101

Physical Geology and Laboratory

4

GOG-150

Physical Geography

3

PHY-100

The Universe

3

PHY-231

General Physics and Laboratory

4

Life Sciences

Complete at least 3 credits from the following:

BIO-102

Biology of Human Disease and Laboratory

4

BIO-104

Introduction to Human Anatomy

3

BIO-109

Biology of Reproduction

3-4

BIO-129

Murder, Medicine, and Magic

3-4

BIO-140

Idaho Natural History and Laboratory

4

BIO-145

Drugs, Brains and Behavior

3-4

BIO-201

Molecules to Cells and Laboratory

4

CHE-124

Forensic Science and Laboratory

3

ENV-260

Environmental Science II and Laboratory

4

Science and Knowledge, Culture, or Society Relationships

Complete at least 1 course from the following:

ATH-309

Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Environment

3

ENG-239

Visions of Environment

3

ENV-200

Nature and Culture

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

PHI-340

Environmental Philosophy

3

POE-339

Environmental Policy Analysis

3

POE-389

Ecological Economics

3

REL-251

Religion and Science

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Sharpen student understanding of the methodology and limits of science
  • Increase student scientific literacy in both the physical and life sciences
  • Apply scientific knowledge in the broader context of the liberal arts