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Requirements for a minor in Biology

Biology is a diverse and exciting field. For students with an interest in the field but not enough time to complete the major, a minor in Biology is an excellent choice for many Stanford students.

The Biology minor requires a minimum of six courses meeting the following criteria:

  • At least two course from the Bio Foundations (BIO 80-series) must be taken. Additionally, students may count one BIO 60-series course OR a third Bio Foundations (80-series) course toward their minor.

  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade and be worth or approved for 3 or more units.

  • All courses, other than the BIO 80-series and OSPAUSTL 10, 28 and/or 32 must be at or above the 100-level. Introductory Seminars may not be used to fulfill the minor requirements regardless of their level.

  • Minor courses may not be used to fulfill any other degree requirements (major, minor or coterm).

  • Courses must be chosen from the offerings of the Biology Department, Hopkins Marine Station, or from the list of approved out-of-department electives for the minor.

  • In-department research (BIO 199 or BIOHOPK 199H) can count as 1 of the 6 required courses if taken for at least 3 units.

  • Only 1 quarter of BIO 114 may be counted toward the minor (BIO 114A or 114B or 114C)

Courses that do NOT count toward the minor:

  • Foundational lab courses (BIO 45, BIO 46, BIO/BIOHOPK 47)

  • Out-of-department research (BIO 199X)

  • Directed reading (BIO 198, 198X)

  • The Senior Reflection (TSR) (BIO 196A, 196B, 196C)

For additional information, see the checklist of requirements for the minor.

Declaring the Minor

All Biology minor declarations must be submitted no later than two quarters prior to the conferral of the undergraduate degree.

  1. Submit the Biology minor declaration on AXESS. As part of this declaration process, you will also need to submit a checklist to Teri Hankes (thankes@) of courses planned to fulfill the minor requirements.

  2. The department will review the request to verify it's compliance with the minor requirements.

  3. If acceptable, the minor declaration will be approved. If changes must be made, the student will be contacted via email by the Undergraduate Staff Advisor.

  4. Once approved, the student will be added to the bio-interest email list.

Relevant Forms

Checklist of Requirements for the Minor

Approved Out-of-Department Electives for the Minor