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Curriculum Information Guide

Biology Minor

Dr. Sarah Gross, Chair
Biology Dept.
School of Arts & Sciences


This minor is intended for students who wish to incorporate a study of biology into their academic background. In addition to the freshman Biological Principles sequence, the recommended list of courses provides the opportunity to explore various specialties within the field of Biology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with major biological concepts and vocabulary.
  • Students will demonstrate basic laboratory skills and adherence to laboratory safety standards, and interpret experimentally derived data.

About Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an "Academic Minor." A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Registrar's Office Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student's major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in 4 year baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor should consist of 15 to 21 credits.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor.  Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count courses.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their department chair or curriculum Dean.

Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision


Students MUST take the following two courses:

BIO 130 Biological Principles I 4
BIO 131 Biological Principles II 4

Students must earn at least 12 additional credits, including at least one additional laboratory course, at the 200-level or above with appropriate prerequisites satisfied, selected from the following:

BIO 210 Introduction to Bioscience 3
BIO 212 Bioscience Laboratory Practices 2
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 240 Bioethics 3
BIO 270 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 271 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 330 Principles of Ecology 4
BIO 340 Biopharmaceutical Regulation 3
BIO 343 Principles of Genetics 3
BIO 353 Essentials of Plant Pathology 3
BIO 354L Essentials of Plant Pathology Laboratory 1
BIO 355 Ecological Topics 4
BIO 365 Neurology of Pain 3

Curriculum Summary

Total Credits: 20

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.