Biology Minor

This minor is designed for students who desire to obtain an in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of Biology -- the science of life and living organisms.

In conjunction with the student's major, the minor prepares students for entry to graduate school or professional school programs, as well as for technical or research careers with governmental agencies or industry. Majors complemented by this minor would include but not be limited to other life and physical sciences, engineering, and business.

Why Grand View?

  • Hands-on approach in lectures and labs to help engage students in their learning and acquire skills and techniques that prepare them for their future careers in biology.
  • The curriculum offers all the prerequisite courses required for admission into health-related graduate school with specialized courses such as immunology, gross anatomy, histology, and embryology not commonly found in other undergraduate programs.
  • The gross anatomy course includes human cadaver dissections, which makes the course unique among other schools in the area.
  • Students have access to state of the art equipment including RT-PCR, phase contrast and fluorescent microscopes, tissue culture equipment, Biopac for collecting physiological data, an advanced system for collecting gad exchange information in plants and more.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities in faculty labs and field sites.
  • Pre-professional training is provided to enter a career immediately upon graduation.
Career Options

At Grand View, the biology minor prepares students for careers or graduate study in any of the health-related professions, such as:

  • Professional schools (medical, dental, physician's assistant programs, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy school, chiropractic schools, Ph.D. programs)
  • Research and manufacturing companies
  • Parks and recreational facilities
  • Government or public work facilities
  • Waste management agencies
  • Water treatment plants
  • Pharmaceutical sales
Course Requirements

Prerequisites for the Minor

MATH 121 College Algebra 3 credits
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4 credits

Requirements for the Minor

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
BIOL 102 General Biology II 4 credits
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 credits

Additional Courses

Select three additional courses with at least two being at the 300 or 400 level, and two being laboratory courses.

BIOL 209 Environmental Science 3 credits
BIOL 225 Plant Biology 4 credits
BIOL 256 Microbiology 4 credits
BIOL 285 Biotechnology 3 credits
BIOL 310 Field Ecology 4 credits
BIOL 315 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4 credits
BIOL 320 Nutrition and Metabolism 3 credits
BIOL 325 Plant Physiology 4 credits
BIOL 335 Mammalian Physiology 4 credits
BIOL 360 Genetics 4 credits
BIOL 380 Cell Biology 4 credits
BIOL 410 Histology 4 credits
BIOL 415 Molecular Biology 4 credits
BIOL 420 Gross Anatomy 4 credits
BIOL 444 Immunology 3 credits

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