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Department of Biology
258 Science Building
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2339

Minors: Biology, Health Sciences, Secondary Education, General Science Endorsement

The Department of Biology offers the following minors and endorsements:

  • The Biology Minor requires 31-33 credits. It does not meet the endorsement requirements for teachers.
  • The Health Sciences Minor requires 30 credits.
  • The Biology/Secondary Minor requires 48 credits. This minor satisfies the endorsement for grades 5-12.
  • The General Science Endorsement requires 65 credits. This minor is designed to help students improve their marketability as science teachers by completing this minor in addition to their BAE in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics. This add-on satisfies the general sciences endorsement, and allows teachers to teach any science grades 5-12.

What will I study?

Biology Minor (31 - 33 credits)

Note: This minor does not meet the endorsement requirement for teachers.
Required Biology Courses
BIOL 171 Biology I (5)
BIOL 172 Biology II (5)
BIOL 173 Biology III (5)
BIOL 270 Biological Investigation (3)
Select an additional 13-15 credits of upper-division biology courses.

Health Sciences Minor (30 credits)

BIOL 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non-Biology Majors (5)
BIOL 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non-Biology Majors (5)
BIOL 234 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non-Biology Majors (5)
CHEM 161 General Chemistry for the Health Sciences (5)
CHEM 162 Organic Chemistry for the Health Sciences (5)
CHEM 163 Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (5)

Biology/Secondary Education Minor (48 credits)

This minor satisfies the endorsement for grades 5-12.
Required Biology Courses:
BIOL 171 Biology I (5)
BIOL 172 Biology II (5)
BIOL 173 Biology III (5)
BIOL 270 Biological Investigation (3)
BIOL 310 Fundamentals of Genetics(5)
BIOL 340 Biology and Society (2)
BIOL 423 Systematics and Evolution (5)
BIOL 440 Ecology (4)
BIOL 441 Ecology Lab (2)

Select one of the following:

BIOL 301 Microbiology (5)
BIOL 302 Botany (5)
BIOL 303 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 304 Vertebrate Zoology (5)

Required Supporting Courses:

BIOL 390 Biology Teaching Methods (1)
MATH 105 Precalculus I (5) or
MATH 380 Elementary Probability and Statistics (5)
SCED 390 Secondary Science Teaching Methods (1)

General Science Endorsement (65 credits)

To improve their marketability as science teachers, students may wish to complete this option in addition to the BAE in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics. This add-on satisfies the General Science endorsement and allows teachers to teach any science grades 5-12.
BIOL 171 Biology I (5)
BIOL 172 Biology II (5)
BIOL 173 Biology III (5)
BIOL 390 Biology Teaching Methods (1)
CHEM 151 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 152 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 153 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 390 Chemistry Teaching Methods (1)
GEOG 314 Weather and Climate (5)
GEOL 120 Physical Geology - The Solid Earth (5)
GEOL 121 Physical Geology - Surficial Processes (5)
GEOL/GEOG 390 Earth Science Teaching Methods (1)
PHYS 121 Descriptive Astronomy (5)
PHYS 131 Introductory Physics I (4)
PHYS 132 Introductory Physics II (4)
PHYS 161 Mechanics Laboratory (1)
PHYS 162 Heat and Optics Laboratory (1)
PHYS 390 Physics Teaching Methods (1)
SCED 390 Secondary Science Teaching Methods (1)

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