Biology Minors

Biology Minor
The Biology Department at SPU offers two minors to complement your major with a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of life and to enrich your scientific frame of reference.

About the Biology Minors

The Biology minor allows you to gain problem-solving and analytical skills through introductory and advanced coursework, as well as laboratory or field research experience. These abilities are assets in many professions.

The Bioethics and Humanities minor allows you to explore the human dimensions of health care, public health, and biomedical research to better prepare you if you’re seeking a career in the health sciences.

Career Opportunities

After graduation with a minor in Biology or Bioethics and Humanities, you could be on your way to serving in a position such as:

  • Agricultural economist
  • Animal biologist
  • Physician
  • Lab manager
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Soil conservationist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Science writer
  • Public health educator
  • Forensic scientist

Courses and Requirements

For a Biology minor, you will be required to take at least 34 credits, including at least 15 upper-division credits. Review all of the Biology minor courses and requirements.

For a Bioethics and Humanities minor, you are required to take at least 36 credits, including 15 upper-division credits. Review all of the Bioethics and Humanities minor courses and requirements.

Admission to the Minors

Applications for a minor in Biology are considered individually by the biology faculty, but the normal minimum requirement for admission to the Biology minor will be a GPA of 2.0 in biology courses.

Applications for a minor in Bioethics are also considered individually by the biology faculty. A minimum 2.5 GPA in SPU coursework is required for admission to this minor.

For either minor, you must complete the minor’s requirements in effect when you are admitted to the minor.

Apply online for a biology major or minor.

Faculty Contact

Derek Wood

Professor of Biology; Chair of Biology

Phone: 206-281-2955
Office: Eaton 108

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