The minor in biological sciences has been designed to provide students with a broad background in biology while allowing them significant flexibility to choose courses of interest. Students enrolled in any of Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges may declare the minor. To complete the Minor in Biological Sciences, students must submit the “Declaration of Minor” form; this form can be found in the Office of Undergraduate Biology or at http://biology.cornell.edu/academics/minor.
Animal Sciences; Biology & Society; Entomology; Human Biology, Health & Society; Environmental Science and Sustainability-Ecology track; Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology; Nutritional Sciences; Plant Sciences are ineligible for the minor due to significant overlap with their respective major course requirements.
21 credits of approved biology course work chosen from the following:
One course worth 2 credits or more must be a laboratory or field course. Up to 3 credits of BIOG 4990 may be used to fulfill this requirement, otherwise it is ineligible to be used for minor requirements. BIOG 2990 may not be used.
Only 2 courses may be used to fulfill both the biology minor requirements and a student’s major requirements.
Advanced Placement credits earned in biology may not be used toward the 21 credits required for the minor.
Once a student is matriculated, all courses for the minor must be taken at Cornell. External transfer students and study abroad students may apply only one course taken at another institution toward minor requirements.
All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade unless a course is offered S-U grades only.
Students will be responsible for planning their minor in conjunction with their major advisor. Students and advisors should contact an Office of Undergraduate Biology advisor (607-255-5233) if they have questions about Biology courses. Please note that admission to the minor does not guarantee that a student will be able to enroll in a given Biological Sciences course in a given semester, just as being a Biological Sciences major offers no such guarantee.