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.

  • A minimum 34 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • This minor is appropriate for students pursuing careers in business, computer science, government, law, psychology, and other majors that will be enriched by a foundation in biological principles.

Anthropology: Biological Anthropology

You can choose from among three areas of emphasis in the anthropology minor, including biological anthropology, which is the study of the biological and behavioral aspects of human beings. In this minor, you are exposed to the disciplines of anthropology, and will think critically about what it means to be human “beings.”  

  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • This is an excellent minor for students pursuing careers in medicine, missions, public health, education, ecology, and forensics.

Learn about additional this interdisciplinary minor.

Bioethics and Humanities


A minor in bioethics allows students to explore the human dimensions of health care, public health, creation care and biomedical research to better prepare those seeking a career in the health sciences or environmental sciences.

  • A minimum 36 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • You will explore the range of ethical issues that arise in health care, public health, creation care (including conservation biology) and biomedical research.



A minor in Ecotheology allows you to explore a scientifically and theologically informed understanding of creation care. As an interdisciplinary degree, the Ecotheology minor draws from a variety of subject areas to establish a multifaceted context. Because the minor is concerned with both theory and practice, fieldwork is a core component of the curriculum.

  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • This minor includes courses from several schools and departments.
  • Course sequence within the minor may be dictated by your major. For students not majoring in Biology, science electives are available that require no prerequisites.

Learn more about this interdisciplinary minor.

Entering and completing your minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • Apply for entrance to your chosen minor in Banner by following these instructions.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, follow these instructions to enter a major or minor in this department.
  • Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.

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