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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 semesters
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Enhance your degree with studies in life science and learn more about everything from the influence of genetics to how organisms interact with the environment.
UNT's minor in Biological Sciences provides a foundation for a scientific understanding of life. Students seeking a major in Chemistry, Physics, Kinesiology, Math or Psychology may want to pursue a minor in Biology to help them prepare for a career in health care or as a pre-medicine degree.

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Why Earn a Biological Sciences Minor?

UNT's minor in biological sciences offers flexible options that deepen your scientific knowledge in the areas that can help you further your career or prepare you for graduate studies. Our faculty is a community of scholars dedicated to teaching and research in the life and environmental sciences. We measure our success by the success of our students and the quality of our intellectual contributions to society.

Our alumni include many distinguished researchers and university professors who are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research.

This minor can be valuable for Science majors as well as students interested in Health Services, Environmental Philosophy, Art or Design or even Media Arts. Advanced electives in the minor are selected in consultation with an advisor in the Department of Biological Science.


Biological Sciences Minor Highlights

The Life Sciences Complex, which has Gold-level LEED certification for sustainability, is a living lab with open research spaces that feature rooftop greenhouses.
UNT Career Center helps students find learning opportunities and real-world work experience through over 4,000 employers.
The Teach North Texas Program helps students interested in teaching science achieve teacher certification.
We also administer a joint program with the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth that allows you to combine college and medical school. This saves you time and money by reducing the usual eight-year program to seven.
Through a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the UNT-HHMI Undergraduate Research Program offers current UNT junior and senior biology and biochemistry majors the opportunity to engage in a PAID research experience in the laboratory of an active UNT researcher for up to one year.
Our faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research and have been honored by the American Society for Microbiology, National Academy of Sciences and National Science Foundation, among others.

Biological Sciences Minor Courses You Could Take

Microbiology (3 hrs)
Survey of the microbial world; classification, ecology, morphology and physiology of eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hrs)
Functional anatomy and physiology of the human body including the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary and reproductive systems.
Biology of Higher Plants (3 hrs)
Introduction to basic principles of form, function, ecology and evolution of plants, as well as modern topics related to plant adaptation in changing environments and the exploitation of plants by humans for improved quality of life in developing and developed countries.
Principles of Ecology (3 hrs)
Ecological and evolutionary approach to understanding distribution, abundance, dispersion and form-function diversity of organisms. Focus on organisms, their physiological and life history adaptations, and populations.
Honors Biology for Science Majors I (3 hrs)
An integrated approach to cell and molecular biology with an emphasis on biological chemistry, cell structure and function, Mendelian and molecular genetics, evolutionary biology.

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