Minor in Biology

The biology minor inspires curiosity about living organisms and the wonders of God’s world.

26 units


  • The minimum prerequisites for the biology minor are a C- in BIOL 151 and a B- in MATH 110 or equivalent (for example, an ALEKS score of 65). Students may not earn a biology minor if they are majoring in allied health or biochemistry.
  • Students must complete all prerequisites for a BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or better before taking the course (except as noted in the course description).
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math, and physics courses required for the minor.
  • Students must complete each BIOC, BIOL, or CHEM course with a C- or higher for the course to meet a degree requirement in the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
  • Any single course within the minor can be taken only two times at APU; students will be dismissed from the minor after two unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in a single required course.
  • Only two courses total within the minor can be repeated; students will be dismissed from the minor after unsuccessful (below C-) attempts in any three required courses.
Lower-Division Requirements20
General Biology I 1
General Biology II
General Chemistry I 1, 2
Biology of Microorganisms
Cell Biology
Upper-Division Electives6
Choose 6 units of electives from the following; these may not include units used to fulfill requirements of the student’s major.
Genetics 3
Ecology 4
Neurobiology 3
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Microbiology
Mammalian Physiology
Plant Biology
Directed Research Internship
Biological Science Internship
Molecular Biology
Stewardship Ecology
Developmental Biology
Advanced Topics in Biology
Total Units26