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 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

The Biology Minor

Minimum Requirements
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
BIOL 221
Introduction to Organismal Diversity
and Introduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
BIOL 225
Introduction to Cell Processes
and Introduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
BIOL 300Genetics3
 BIOL 305 Ecology
at least four units of upper division Biology4

CHEM 151/CHEM 151L is a pre- or corequisite for BIOL 225, and 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.

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