Courses of Study 2022-2023 
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Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences Minor (discontinued effective fall 2021)

The Minor in Biological Sciences:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The minor in biological sciences is being discontinued effective fall 2021.  Students who matriculated to Cornell prior to August 2021 may still complete the minor.  Students with an interest in integrating the study of biological sciences into their undergraduate studies and who matriculate August 2021 or after are encouraged to meet with an OUB advisor to discuss curricular and co-curricular options to meet their interests and goals.   There are many options for students to gain breadth and/or depth in all aspects of biology and the advisors in the OUB are eager to work individually with students to create a meaningful experience.

The minor in biological sciences has been designed to provide students with significant flexibility to choose courses of interest within biology. With a few exceptions, students enrolled in any major at Cornell may complete the minor. The following majors are ineligible to minor in biological sciences: Biology & Society; Entomology; Human Biology, Health & Society; Nutritional Sciences; Plant Sciences.

Students interested in the minor are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Biology. Please see the OUB website for walk-in advising office hours or call the OUB at (607) 255-5233 to arrange an appointment.

To complete the minor, students must submit the Application to Certify Completion of Biological Sciences Minor form once they completed all courses for the minor or during their last semester of enrollment. The OUB will notify the student’s college Registrar that the minor has been certified and a notation will be made on the student’s transcript.


  • All courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade unless a course is offered S/U only. Grades of D- or better count toward the minor.
  • Only 2 courses may be used to fulfill both the biology minor requirements and 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 or through a study abroad program approved by Cornell.  External transfer students and students who study abroad may apply up to 4 credits from another institution to count toward minor requirements. Students should consult with the OUB.

21 credits of approved biology coursework chosen from the following: