Biological Sciences (Minor)

Biological Sciences (Minor)

biological sciences

The minor in biological sciences will introduce students to the field of biological sciences in a five-course sequence that will provide substantial education and training in scientific concepts, science communication, and laboratory skills, as well as the central content areas of biology, including biomolecules, cell biology, genetics, metabolism, physiology, phylogenetics, ecology, and evolution.  Students adding the biological sciences minor will be adding a valuable credential to their major indicating a substantial additional skillset in the biosciences.


Stephen Pugh

Chair, Department of Life Sciences
Phone: (603) 641-4128
Office: Science, 88 Commercial Street, RM 557, Manchester, NH 03101

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor requires students to complete five courses (20-21+ credits, depending on the courses chosen). The minimum acceptable grade in these courses is a C-, and the average grade for these courses must be a C or better.

Courses for non-majors (for example, BMS 507 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II; BSCI 405 Diversity of Life, BSCI 406 Human Organism, BSCI 410 Contemporary Health Issues, BSCI 421 Diseases of the 21st Century, BSCI 422 Biotechnology and Society, BSCI 432 Medical Terminology; BIOL 520 Our Changing Planet), will not count towards the minor. Students are advised that to take some upper-level courses; BMS 503 General Microbiology/BMS 504 General Microbiology Laboratory or GEN 604 Principles of Genetics are frequently pre-requisite courses.

Required courses
Select one of the following8
BIOL 413
BIOL 414
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology II
BIOL 411
BIOL 412
Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
and Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
Select three courses 1, 212-14
Total Credits20-22

To ensure a course counts in the minor, it is required that students consult the minor coordinator, Dr. Patricia Halpin, before enrolling in the course.