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Biology—Discipline-Related and Minor Requirements

Note: This minor may be completed only by students admitted to the Content Focus option of Elementary Education.

Required Discipline-Related Courses

  • Minimum 6 credits Mathematics and/or Statistics, college level, excluding Math 120–132.
  • General Chemistry. Complete either Chem 103 and 104 General Chemistry, 9; Chem 109 Advanced General Chemistry, 5; or Chem 115 and 116 Chemical Principles I and II, 10.
  • General Physics. Complete one two-course sequence from the following: Physics 103/104, 8; Physics 201/202, 10; Physics 207/208, 10

Biology Minor Requirements

In addition to the discipline-related coursework listed above, complete a minimum of 24 credits including the following. 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.

Introductory Biology. Complete either:

  • Biology 101 Animal Biology, 3, and Biology 102 Animal Biology Laboratory, 2, and Botany 130 General Botany, 5 Note: AP and IB Biology scores of 4 or above accepted by UW–Madison as Biology elective credit satisfy both the Biology 101 and 102 requirements.
  • Biology 151 Introductory Biology, 5 and Biology 152 Introductory Biology, 5

Botany/Zoology 466 General Genetics, 3 (usually taken junior year or later)

Complete Biology elective coursework from the approved list 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.

Starred (*) courses are lab or field courses.

Area 1: Ecology/Evolution/Genetics
  • Botany 300*, 305*, 330, 332*, 400*, 401*, 402*, 403*, 422, 455*, 460*, 461, 561, 563
  • Zoology 302*, 315, 316*, 330, 350, 351*, 360, 410, 430, 431*, 460*, 510, 511*, 520, 521*, 525, 530, 562
  • Microbiology 607
  • Entomology 331*, 342, 468*, 530 (formerly 550), 532* (formerly 515)
  • Genetics 561, 565, 610, 612, 620, 629
  • Horticulture 501, 561
  • Landscape Architecture 361*
  • Plant Pathology 300*
Area 2: Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Microbiology 303, 528, 550*, 607, 640
  • Botany 329*, 561, 563
  • Genetics 562, 612
  • Zoology 430, 431*, 570, 572*
Area 3: Physiology 
  • Botany 500
  • Zoology 611, 612*
  • Physiology 335*