Program Overview

You don't have to work as a biologist—or even in a laboratory—to put a biology minor to work. You'll gain knowledge you can apply to careers in teaching, natural resources, medicine and more through this program.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 1-2 years
Credit Hours: 28

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

As a biology minor, you'll have access to the same world-class faculty and facilities as all of our students. Working out of the $95 million, 169,000-square-foot Biosciences Building, you'll receive a basic introduction to the field. Topics you'll study include:

  • Cell biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Evolution and diversity
  • Genetics

Our faculty are experts in their fields, and routinely incorporate real-world insights into their teaching. Scientific research teaches you to think on your feet and adjust to the unexpected—traits that are valuable no matter what field you're planning to enter.

Program Highlights

As a biology minor, you'll:

  • Get a degree from a university that is among just 5% of U.S. universities in the highest two Carnegie research classifications.
  • Work with techniques such as laser and electron scanning in our microscopy center.
  • Have the chance to work at our biological station on Beaver Island, in Lake Michigan. Explore cedar swamps, sand dunes and the lake itself on our research vessel, MV Chippewa.

Careers & Outcomes

You can apply a biology minor to many careers, including medicine, medical technology, teaching, osteopathy, or veterinary medicine.

Career Projected Salary
Medical Technologist $50,282
Epidemiologist $78,830
Genetic Counselor $80,150
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