Biology Minor

The Department of Biology offers a program that allows the student to obtain a thorough preparation for graduate or professional school, to meet state requirements for a teaching credential in the life sciences, to acquire the laboratory training necessary for entry into advanced programs in biotechnology, or to supplement other major studies with a broad background in biology.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at

The Biology Minor

Minimum Requirements

BIOL 240
Bioenergetics and Systems
and Bioenergetics and Systems Laboratory
BIOL 242
Genomes and Evolution
and Genomes and Evolution Laboratory
10 units of upper division Biology that must include:
BIOL 300Genetics3
BIOL 305Ecology3

Note: All upper-division biology courses require BIOL 300 or BIOL 305 or both as prerequisites; CHEM 301 is a prerequisite for some upper-division biology courses. For the biology minor, total credit for BIOL 496, BIOL 497, and BIOL 498 is limited to three units. Courses for the minor should be selected with the aid of a biology faculty advisor. At least four units of upper-division biology must be taken at USD.