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Biology Minor Program of Study

Minors in Biology

Students seeking a minor in Biology have two options:

(1) a minor in biology
(2) a minor in molecular biology and biochemistry

Students minoring in Biology will be required to complete either General Biology I and II sequence (BIOL 101, 102, 111, 112) or Introduction to Biology I and II sequence (BIOL 130, 131, 140, 141).

A minimum of 12 additional credit hours is required for the minor degree.


Minor in Biology

One course must be selected from each of the three areas listed below and at least two of these courses must involve laboratory work.

Cell and Molecular Category Courses
BIOL 205 Cell Biology
BIOL 308 Genetics
BIOL 310 Microbiology
BIOL 401 Developmental Biology
BIOL 402 Descriptive Histology
BIOL 424 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 427 Immunology

Field Biology Category Courses
BIOL 209 Man and His Environment
BIOL 314 Vascular Flora of South Carolina
BIOL 406 Ecology
BIOL 408 Ornithology
BIOL 409 Marine Biology
BIOL 410 Vertebrate Natural History
BIOL 426 Freshwater Biology

Organismal Category Courses
BIOL 203 Survey of the Plant Kingdom
BIOL 208 Evolution
BIOL 301 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 302 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 307 Animal Behavior
BIOL 317 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 318 Human Physiology & Physiology II
BIOL 327 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 328 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 322 History of Biology
BIOL 403 Animal Physiology
BIOL 419 Economic Botany


Minor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry offer a joint minor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. This minor will be beneficial to students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, and other health science fields as well as those who wish to pursue careers in the chemical and biochemical industry. Active learning exercises, use of scientific literature, computer modeling, inquiry-based laboratories, and research are important components of the courses in the sequence. Requirements for the minor vary slightly depending on the student's major. The following courses are prerequisites for the minor: BIOL 130/131 and 140/14 1; CHEM 151/161, 152/162, 207/217, and 208/218.

Requirements for Students Majoring in Biology
BIOL 310 Microbiology or CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis
BIOL 424 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 429 or CHEM 429 Literature Seminar
CHEM 409 Biochemistry I
CHEM 410 Biochemistry II
CHEM 460 Biochemistry II Laboratory

Requirements for Students Majoring in B.A. Chemistry
BIOL 308 Genetics
BIOL 424 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 429 or CHEM 429 Literature Seminar
CHEM 409 Biochemistry I
CHEM 410 Biochemistry II
CHEM 460 Biochemistry II Laboratory

Requirements for All Other Majors
BIOL 308 Genetics
BIOL 424 Molecular Genetics
BIOL 429 or CHEM 429 Literature Seminar CHEM 409 Biochemistry I
CHEM 410 Biochemistry II
CHEM 460 Biochemistry II Laboratory

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