The minor in biology (20 credits) is designed for students majoring in another department who would like to develop an additional focus of study by completing a set of courses in biology.
This option may be appropriate for students in a wide range of fields. Chemistry majors with an interest in biochemistry could profit from more background in cellular and molecular biology. Earth science majors with an interest in paleobiology could select courses in organismal biology, ecology and evolution. Pre-health students not majoring in biology can use the biology minor as an opportunity to take a coherent set of courses to prepare for entrance exams (e.g. the MCAT).
The biology minor is also appropriate for students whose major is not in the natural sciences. For example, students interested in careers in technical writing or journalism, or students planning a career as a lawyer specializing in environmental or biotechnology issues could benefit from a minor in biology.
To declare the minor a student should fill out the "minor declaration" form available in the Biology Department office (Science Building 261). The student will be assigned a faculty adviser from the Biology Department, and a minor audit sheet will be generated.
The minor requires a minimum of 20 credit hours (see guidelines below).
Students minoring in biology meet with their faculty advisers to select and schedule courses to fulfil the minor, just as they meet with advisers in their major departments to plan their major.
More information about this minor may be obtained through the Biology Department.
1. The following for a total of 12 credit hours:
BIO 111 Introduction to Biology
BIO 212 Introduction to Organismal Biology and Diversity
BIO 213 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
2. An additional 8 credit hours of 300-400 level coursework selected with the assistance of a biology faculty adviser. Coursework may include any combination of 300-400 level biology "majors" courses (i.e., biology courses required for the biology B.A. or B.S. Ed. degree programs except as noted below).
3. Please note the following restrictions
• At least three courses must be taken at Buffalo State.
• The following cannot be applied to the biology minor: BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 104, BIO 210, BIO 488 (Internship), BIO 495 (Project), or BIO 499 (Independent Study)
• A maximum of 1 credit of biology seminar (BIO 361/362) is allowed
• A maximum of 3 transfer courses (12 credits maximum) will be accepted as part of the biology minor. The department chairperson will judge the acceptability of transfer courses.
• A student considering the biology minor should check for prerequisite requirements when planning the program. Prerequisite requirements are listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.