This is the first version of the 2020-21 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate minor in biology requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in biology coursework, including 12 s.h. in courses numbered 2000 or above offered by the Department of Biology at the University of Iowa or in approved Iowa Lakeside Laboratory courses. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students may not use transfer coursework to count as courses numbered 2000 or above.

Either BIOL:2512 Fundamental Genetics or BIOL:2211 Genes, Genomes, and the Human Condition will count toward the minor, but not both. Good Genes Gone Bad: Genetic Disorders of Notable Celebrities (BIOL:2120) and Honors Research in Neuroscience (BIOL:4995) do not count toward the minor.

Students may count BIOL:3994 Introduction to Research (maximum of 3 s.h.) and BIOL:4897 Teaching Internship in Biology (maximum of 3 s.h.) only once toward the minor requirement.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Biology, Minor

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
First Year
FallHours
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I a, b 4
 Hours4
Spring
CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II a 4
 Hours4
Second Year
Fall
BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology c 4
 Hours4
Spring
BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form and Function c 4
 Hours4
Third Year
Fall
Minor: biology course (prefix BIOL) d 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: biology course (prefix BIOL) d 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
Minor: biology course (prefix BIOL) d 3
 Hours3
Spring
Minor: biology course (prefix BIOL) d 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours28