biology-minor

This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options of Elementary Education. Students may wish to consult with a biology undergraduate advisor to discuss course selection and other issues related to this field of study. The Biology Major website is also a good resource, providing information about areas of study within biology and upcoming biology-related activities on campus. Biology is offered as a major in both the College of Letters & Science and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options of Elementary Education. Students admitted to the Content Focus option are asked to identify the minor of their choice when admitted to the program. Students admitted to the other Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence options should fill out a minor declaration form available in Education Academic Services, Room 139 Education Building.

The biology minor requires a minimum of 24 credits. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all biology minor coursework taken on the UW–Madison campus. Biocore sequence coursework may also be used to meet these requirements; consult with an advisor in Education Academic Services.

Discipline-related course work is also required, but not calculated into the minor credits or gpa.

Required Discipline-Related Courses

Select a minimum of 6 credits in Mathematics and/or Statistics, college level, excluding Mathematics 120-132
Select one of the following:5-10
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Advanced General Chemistry
Chemical Principles I
and Chemical Principles II
Select one of the following:8-10
General Physics
and General Physics
General Physics
and General Physics
General Physics
and General Physics

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Introductory Biology. Select one of the following options:

Option 1: 1
BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  101 Animal Biology3
BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  102 Animal Biology Laboratory2
BIOLOGY/​BOTANY  130 General Botany5
Option 2:
BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  151 Introductory Biology5
BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  152 Introductory Biology5
1

Students earning Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology scores of 4 or above are given credit for BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  151 at UW–Madison. This course fulfills the entire 151-152 sequence. Students taking BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  151 coursework at UW–Madison or transfer it from another campus must complete both BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  151 and BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  152 to complete the 151/152 sequence.

Genetics

GENETICS 466 Principles of Genetics3

Electives

Complete biology elective coursework from the approved lists to reach a minimum of 24 credits. The courses must be numbered 300 and above and include at least one course from two of the following three areas: (1) Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, (2) Cell and Molecular Biology, and (3) Physiology. Additional courses may, with the  consent of an advisor, be selected to meet the elective requirements.

Area 1: Ecology/Evolution/Genetics

BOTANY 300 Plant Anatomy 14
BOTANY 305 Plant Morphology and Evolution 14
BOTANY 330 Algae3
BOTANY/​PL PATH  332 Fungi 14
BOTANY 400 Plant Systematics 14
BOTANY 401 Vascular Flora of Wisconsin 14
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL  402 Dendrology 12
BOTANY 403 Field Collections and Identification 11-4
BOTANY 422 Plant Geography3
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL  455 The Vegetation of Wisconsin 14
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  460 General Ecology 14
BOTANY/​GENETICS/​HORT  561 Introductory Cytogenetics2-3
BOTANY 563 Phylogenetic Analysis of Molecular Data3
ZOOLOGY/​ENTOM  302 Introduction to Entomology 14
ZOOLOGY/​ENVIR ST  315 Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources2
ZOOLOGY 316 Laboratory for Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources 12-3
ZOOLOGY/​ENTOM/​M M & I/​PATH-BIO  350 Parasitology3
ZOOLOGY/​M M & I/​PATH-BIO  351 Parasitology Laboratory 12
ZOOLOGY/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL  360 Extinction of Species3
ZOOLOGY/​ANTHRO/​BOTANY  410 Evolutionary Biology3
ZOOLOGY 430 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates5
ZOOLOGY/​BOTANY/​F&W ECOL  460 General Ecology 14
ZOOLOGY/​ENVIR ST  510 Ecology of Fishes3
ZOOLOGY/​ENVIR ST  511 Ecology of Fishes Lab 12
ZOOLOGY/​AN SCI/​F&W ECOL  520 Ornithology3
ZOOLOGY/​AN SCI/​F&W ECOL  521 Birds of Southern Wisconsin 13
ZOOLOGY 525 Tropical Herpetology1
ZOOLOGY/​ENTOM  530 Insect Behavior3
ZOOLOGY/​GENETICS/​MD GENET  562 Human Cytogenetics2
MICROBIO/​GENETICS  607 Advanced Microbial Genetics3
ENTOM 331 Taxonomy of Mature Insects 14
ENTOM 342 Insect Ecology3
ENTOM 468 Studies in Field Entomology 13
ENTOM/​ZOOLOGY  530 Insect Behavior3
GENETICS/​BOTANY/​HORT  561 Introductory Cytogenetics2-3
GENETICS/​MD GENET  565 Human Genetics3
GENETICS/​AN SCI  610 Quantitative Genetics3
GENETICS/​BIOCHEM/​MICROBIO  612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology3
GENETICS/​BIOCHEM/​MD GENET  620 Eukaryotic Molecular Biology3
GENETICS/​BOTANY/​MD GENET  629 Evolutionary Genetics3
HORT/​AGRONOMY  501 Principles of Plant Breeding3
HORT/​BOTANY/​GENETICS  561 Introductory Cytogenetics2-3
LAND ARC/​ENVIR ST  361 Wetlands Ecology 13
PL PATH 300 Introduction to Plant Pathology 14
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Courses are lab or field courses.

Area 2: Cell and Molecular Biology 

MICROBIO 303 Biology of Microorganisms3
MICROBIO/​M M & I/​PATH-BIO  528 Immunology3
MICROBIO/​GENETICS  607 Advanced Microbial Genetics3
MICROBIO/​ONCOLOGY/​PL PATH  640 General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses3
BOTANY/​GENETICS/​HORT  561 Introductory Cytogenetics2-3
BOTANY 563 Phylogenetic Analysis of Molecular Data3
GENETICS/​MD GENET/​ZOOLOGY  562 Human Cytogenetics2
GENETICS/​BIOCHEM/​MICROBIO  612 Prokaryotic Molecular Biology3
ZOOLOGY 430 Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates5
ZOOLOGY 570 Cell Biology3

Area 3: Physiology

BOTANY 500 Plant Physiology3-4
ZOOLOGY 611 Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology3
ZOOLOGY 612 Comparative Physiology Laboratory 12
PHYSIOL 335 Physiology 15
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Courses are lab or field courses.