2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biology Minor

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

Radhey Kaushik, Department Head
Department of Biology and Microbiology
Alfred Dairy Science Hall 228

Program Description

The Biology minor is open to all majors and provides exposure to fundamental areas of biology. Students select from microbiology, botany and animal based classes based on their desired career path. The curriculum appeals to majors in agricultural and biological sciences, as well as those in the social sciences and humanities who seek an understanding of the significance of biological changes and want to apply this knowledge in their chosen field.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biology minor, students will:

  • demonstrate understanding and application of evolution; biological structure and function; biological and biochemical pathways and transformations of energy and matter; and biological systems.
  • apply the process of science.
  • demonstrate understanding of and application of quantitative reasoning; information flow, exchange, and storage; relationship between science and society.

Academic Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the major courses.

Course Delivery Format

Program coursework is on-campus, in classroom and laboratories, as well as field-based settings. Additional coursework is available at off-campus attendance centers.  Limited coursework is available online.


Credits: 14-15

  • Two courses must be at the 300 level or above.
  • No more than 3 credits can come from courses numbered 491, 492, 494, 496, 497, and 498.

Total Required Credits: 18