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CBS Minors

The college offers a number of minors in subjects ranging from pharmacology to marine biology. 


Behavioral Biology | Biochemistry  |  Biology   |  Plant Biology  |  Marine Biology  |  MicrobiologyNeuroscience Pharmacology

To declare one of the minors listed below, please complete one of our online forms on the Policies, Procedures, and Forms page. In each CBS minor, students must take the courses on an A-F basis and earn at least a C- in all credits counted toward the minor.

Behavioral Biology

Behavioral biology is the scientific discipline that aims to understand all aspects of the biological bases of animal behavior. These aspects include the causal mechanisms underlying behaviors, changes in behaviors over the animal’s lifetime, the adaptive value of behaviors, and the evolutionary history of behaviors. Disciplines informing the field of behavioral biology include: cell and developmental biology, endocrinology, ecology, economics, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, physiology, and psychology. 

For more information, please see the undergraduate catalog.

Biochemistry

The Biochemistry minor is available to CBS students pursuing one of the other department majors. It is also available to non-CBS students. Students must complete the courses listed below.

For information regarding the pre-requisites and requirements for the biochemistry minor, please see the undergraduate catalog.

Biology

The Biology minor is available to non-CBS students only. Due to significant course overlap, the following majors will not be allowed to complete a biology minor: Biology, Society, and the Environment; Physiology; Medical Laboratory Sciences; Nutrition (Nutritional Science sub-plan only); Fisheries and Wildlife (all sub-plans); Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management major: Environmental Science track; Scientific and Technical Communication major (Biological and Health Sciences subplan); Animal Science (Pre-Vet/Science sub-plan only); individually designed programs with a life sciences emphasis; Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management; Food Science; Applied Plant Science (Environmental Science AND Environmental Education/Curriculum sub-plans). In addition, students pursuing a Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, or Neuroscience minor are not allowed to receive a biology minor. Transfer courses, AP/IB credit, or courses offered by non-CBS departments are only allowed for use in the biology minor for general biology, general chemistry, and a maximum of three credits of upper division coursework.

Note: GCD 3033 is now an accepted course for the Biology minor. For minor course requirements, view the biology minor in the university catalog.

Plant Biology

Learn more about the Plant Biology minor.

Marine Biology

Students learn about the foundational concepts of marine biology, and the current issues that affect marine environments. With 71% of our planet covered by oceans, it's important to understand marine ecosystems, organisms, chemistry, and the physics of the oceans. Students in this minor will develop knowledge and skills through which they can explore complex problems such as habitat conservation, sustainability, climate change, and biodiversity in the oceans and on land. This minor also provides students with a base for subsequent studies in marine biology. more information

Microbiology minor

Microbiology is a fascinating and important discipline that integrates information from many majors in the biological sciences. Beginning in the Fall semester of 2011, CBS will offer a 14 credit microbiology minor.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to declare the minor.  This minor is available to both CBS and non-CBS students. If you have taken VBS 2032 (or a non-majors microbiology course at another institution) and wish to pursue this minor, please contact Dr. Leslie Schiff by email (schif002@umn.edu). Transfer credit will only be accepted for the General Microbiology component of the minor. All upper division coursework needs to be completed at the University of Minnesota.

To declare the minor, please complete the Add/Drop a CBS Minor form. It will be added to the records of students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA effective for Fall 2011.

Prerequisite courses: MCB 3301 and BIOC 3021 or 4331. For information regarding the requirements for the microbiology minor, please see the undergraduate catalog.

Neuroscience

The neuroscience minor provides an in-depth contemporary understanding of how the nervous system functions in both health and disease. The goal of the minor is to provide instruction that will enrich the curriculum through an array of academic majors. As we will all experience the impact of nervous system disease ourselves or through family members and/or friends, instruction in this minor will offer insights into the nervous system that students can utilize throughout their lifetimes.

For information regarding the pre-requisites and requirements for the neuroscience minor, please see the undergraduate catalog.

Pharmacology

Pharmacology is a scientific discipline that studies how drugs affect biological systems. Drugs are defined as chemical/biological agents that act on living organisms, mostly act by interacting with specific target molecules to produce a desired biological effect. Pharmacology is the foundation of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing and many other healthcare professions. Pharmacology is also an interdisciplinary discipline that employs scientific principles and experimental techniques of its own, as well as various biological disciplines such as physiology, biochemistry, cellular/molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, structural biology, and pathology, etc. A fundamental knowledge of the underlying biological processes is required to achieve the objectives of pharmacology study, including identification of new targets for therapeutic intervention, developing new therapeutics, understanding their mechanisms of action and the potential environmental/toxicological implications. For course descriptions, see the Pharmacology course catalog.

For information regarding the pre-requisites and requirements for the pharmacology minor, please see the undergraduate catalog.