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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.

Attribute 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.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)    
KBS CHEM 10061 General Chemistry II (4)    
KBS CHEM 10062 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)    
KBS CHEM 10063 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)    
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus (3)    
KMC MATH 11022 Trigonometry (3)    
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4  
KBS BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations 4  
  BSCI 30156 Elements of Genetics 3  
  BSCI 40163 Evolution 3  
  Biology Electives1 8  
  1. Select from a combination of BSCI courses. Students should consult with a biology advisor to determine the most appropriate courses give their disciplinary interests and career aspirations.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum overall 2.000 GPA
  • Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).


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
10005   Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians 5
11010   Foundational Anatomy and Physiology I 3
11020   Foundational Anatomy and Physiology II 3
16001   Horticultural Botany 3
20019   Biological Structure and Function 4
20021   Basic Microbiology 3
20022   Basic Microbiology Laboratory 1
21010   Anatomy and Physiology I 4
21020   Anatomy and Physiology II 4
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