Biological Sciences  (Minor)

Are you fascinated by the living world? Open up the secrets of that world in ways that satisfy your desire to know more while complementing your major in surprising ways.

Program Description

Biological science encompasses the study of all living things and includes the study of basic organization and function, how organisms evolve, their roles in the natural environment, how hereditary information is transferred, and the development of biotechnology.

The minor in biological sciences is a program designed to provide students with a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to their interests.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BS in biological sciences (all concentrations); BS in microbiology (all concentrations); BS in molecular biosciences and biotechnology; BS in medical studies; BS in neuroscience; BS in nutrition; BS in public health

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Enrollment Requirements

The minor consists of 24 credit hours, which can be taken in one of two options.

Option 1

BIO 181 General Biology I SQ (4)
BIO 182 General Biology II SG (4)
BIO 340 General Genetics (4)
BIO 345 Evolution (3)

Option 2

BIO 281 Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors I, SQ (4)
BIO 282 Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors II (4)
BIO 340 General Genetics (4) or MBB 347 Molecular Genetics: From Genes to Proteins (4)
MIC 220 Biology of Microorganisms (3) and MIC 206 Microbiology Laboratory, SG (1)

The remaining hours are selected by the student with the approval of a School of Life Sciences advisor.


  • At least 12 hours must be upper-division courses in the life sciences and at least six upper-division hours taken in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Courses which are not available for credit in the life sciences majors cannot be used for the minor (e.g., BIO 100 The Living World, BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and MIC 205 Microbiology).
  • Three credits of undergraduate research or internship (BIO 390 OR BIO 484 or MBB 484 or MIC 484 OR BIO 495 or MBB 495 or MIC 495) may be allowed in the minor.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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