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Penn State Altoona

Biology Minor (BIOL)

Contacts: Altoona College, Edward Levri,; Eberly College of Science, Barbara DeHart,; Penn State Abington, Eric Ingersoll,; Penn State Berks, Maureen Dunbar,; Penn State York, Dr. Anne Vardo-Zalik,

This minor is designed for students in non-Life Science majors, who desire to obtain an in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of Biology -- the science of life and living organisms. This minor is not intended for "Life Science" oriented majors, including Biological Anthropology, Premedicine, and Science, Life Science option. After taking an introductory survey course which exposes students to the basics of Biology, including the chemistry of life, cell structure, genetics, mechanisms of evolution and evolutionary history of biological diversity, plant and animal form and function, and ecology, students select additional courses based on their biological emphasis to account for a total of 18-20 credits. In conjunction with the student's major, the minor prepares students for entry to graduate school or professional school programs, as well as for technical or research careers with governmental agencies or industry. Majors complemented by this minor would include but not be limited to other life and physical sciences, engineering, and business.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


BIOL 110 GN(4) (Sem. 5-6)

Select 7-8 credits from BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 142(1), BIOL 222(3), BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4), BIOL 322(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 6-9 credits from 400-level Biology courses (BIOL 400, BIOL 496, and SC 495 credits may not be used to fulfill this requirement.) (Sem: 5-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-521

Review Date: 4/10/07


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