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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613

The Biological Sciences minor provides a basic biological background to complement other areas of study.  The minor is especially suited for students wishing to pursue careers in non-science fields where biological knowledge is advantageous.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)  
KAD   10061 General Chemistry II (4)  
KBS   10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
KBS   10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus (3)  
    11022 Trigonometry (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
KAD   10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    40163 Evolution 3
  Biology Electives1 8


Minimum cumulative 2.000 GPA required for graduation.

1Select from any combination of BSCI courses. Students should consult with a biology advisor to determine the most appropriate courses give their disciplinary interests and career aspirations.

The following Biological Sciences (BSCI) courses may NOT be used in the elective
category for majors or minors in the Department of Biological Sciences:

10001   Human Biology 3
10002   Life on Planet Earth 3
10003   Laboratory Experience in Biology 1
10100   Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians 5
11001   Anatomy for Physical and Occupational Therapy 5
11010   Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health 3
11020   Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health 3
16001   Horticultural Botany 3
20020   Biological Structure and Function 5
20021   Basic Microbiology 3
20022   Basic Microbiology Laboratory 1
26002   Ecological Principles of Pest Management 3
26003   Plant Identification and Selection I 3
26004   Plant Identification and Selection II 3
30050   Human Genetics 3
40020   Biology of Aging 3

Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F). For information on the major Residence Requirements please visit the University Residence Requirements policy.