The Biological Sciences Minor is appropriate for all students with interests in the life sciences and especially for those who seek careers that may be enhanced by a background in biology. These include, but are not limited to, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. To minor in Biological Sciences, students must complete the biological sciences core (BIOL 189 - Fundamentals of Life Science, BIOL 196 - Principles of Modern Biology I, and BIOL 197 - Principles of Modern Biology II) and 12 upper-division credits (BIOL 300 - Principles of Genetics and BIOL 415 - Evolution are recommended). No more than three credits of independent study (BIOL 492, 493, 494, 496) may be applied toward the minor. A Biological Sciences Minor will be awarded only if the overall Biology GPA is 2.00 or above. At least nine credits must be earned at UNLV.


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Learning Outcomes

All students graduating with a Minor in Biological Sciences should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of scientific knowledge.
  • Understand cell structures and functions.
  • Understand the physical nature of genetic information.
  • Understand that all organisms are genetically related, have evolved, and are evolving.


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School of Life Sciences

Life sciences involves studies of living organisms and their life processes, including their evolution and relationships with other living organisms and our planet. The courses and programs offered by the School of Life Sciences are designed for those students pursuing professional careers in medicine, science, and science education.


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The School of Life Sciences offers programs that meet the needs of students intending to enter the workforce or pursue advanced training in the sciences, medicine, and other professional and technical fields. We provide a well-rounded foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences that can set students up for successful careers and professional programs.