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
a
Chemistry does not count toward the biology minor, but CHEM:1110 is a prerequisite to the first biology course and is required for most other biology courses. CHEM:1120 will be required for some but not all upper-level biology courses.
b
Enrollment in chemistry courses requires completion of a placement exam.
c
BIOL:1411 and BIOL:1412 are both required before taking upper-level biology courses.
d
Any biology course numbered 2000 or above except BIOL:2120 and BIOL:4995. Either BIOL:2512 or BIOL:2211 will count toward the minor, but not both. Students may count BIOL:3994 (maximum of 3 s.h.) and BIOL:4897 (maximum of 3 s.h.) only once toward the minor. Lakeside Laboratory courses can be approved for the minor.