Biological Sciences, Minor College of Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences minor provides an opportunity for students in programs outside of the College of Biological Sciences to complement their studies with a concentration in biology. Student in the minor experience the breadth of biology by taking courses in five core areas: molecular biology/biochemistry, animal biology, plant biology, microbiology and ecology/evolution.

Departments of Evolution & Ecology; Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Molecular & Cellular Biology; Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior; and Plant Biology

Faculty Advisor

Lesilee Rose, Ph.D.


Information on the Biological Sciences major or minor can be obtained at the Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) in 1023 Katherine Esau Science Hall (formerly Sciences Laboratory Building); 530-752-0410.


A course can only be used once to fulfill minor requirements if it can be used to fulfill more than one group. Only one course used to satisfy a requirement for the minor may be applied toward a student’s major.

Complete at least 3 units from each of the five numbered groups to total at least 18 units. Appropriate alternative courses may be used with approval of the faculty advisor.18
1) Genetics, Molecular Biology or Biochemistry
Genes & Gene Expression
Structure & Function of Biomolecules
Biomolecules & Metabolism
2) Animal Physiology, Behavior or Development
Animal Communication
Developmental Biology
Systemic Physiology
Animal Behavior
Cell Signaling in Health & Disease
Avian Physiology
Comparative Vertebrate Organology
NPB 141
3) Microbiology
Introductory Microbiology
General Virology (Discontinued)
Yeast Molecular Genetics
Introductory Mycology
4) Plant Biology
Developmental Plant Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Plant Growth & Development
Molecular & Cellular Biology of Plants
Plant Morphology & Evolution
Plant Biochemistry
5) Evolution & Ecology
Population Biology & Ecology
General Ecology
Introduction to Evolution
Introduction to Ecology
Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure
Biology of Invertebrates
Marine Ecology
Human Genetic Variation & Evolution
Ecology of Tropical Latitudes
Plant Ecology
Population Biology of Invasive Plants & Weeds
Evolution of Crop Plants
Introductory Mycology
Additional courses (if necessary) from above numbered groups to reach 18 units.
Total Units18