Biological Sciences Minors
A minor allows an undergraduate student to specialize in a secondary discipline. A student may minor in any subject, provided the title of the minor differs from the title of the student’s major or major concentration.
To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.
Minors offered by our department are listed below.
Explore biologically important molecules, mechanisms, and processes—and gain practical laboratory experience while doing it. Major topics studied in biochemistry course work include purification of proteins; enzyme kinetics; intermediary metabolism and regulation; bioenergetics; membrane structure; mechanisms and regulation of protein, DNA, RNA, and polysaccharide synthesis; and current techniques in gene cloning and protein engineering.
Gain an overall understanding of the broad field of biological sciences. Students may follow one of two tracks: the cellular and genetic track that focuses on cell and gene function or the organismal track that focuses on the evolution and ecology of plants and animals.
Understanding biological processes allows major chemical, pharmaceutical, and food manufacturers to develop lifesaving medicines and improve the food supply for a hungry world. The rapid growth of biological processing methods in industry creates a strong demand for graduates with expertise in this area. Two paths are available: an engineering track and a biological track.
This minor provides students from many disciplines the opportunity to study ecology, and develop a deeper understanding of organismal interactions within the environment. It will provide students with both the foundations and in-depth examination of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
The fish biology minor focuses on native fisheries and aquatic ecosystems ecology—providing a strong background for both students wishing to enter the job market immediately following graduation, and those wishing to pursue advanced degrees in the field. Emphasis is placed on species interactions, fish conservation, anthropogenic effects, current and historical fisheries, and data analysis. The impact of local and global issues upon Great Lakes fisheries is also investigated.
Through the microbiology minor, students will gain a deep understanding of the environmental, ecological, organismal, and medical aspects of the field of microbiology. Laboratories are an essential component of many of these courses—further strengthening a student’s hands-on skills in this exciting field.
Take part in the nanoscale revolution. Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field that seeks to understand, control, and exploit the novel physical properties displayed by matter at the nanoscale, or at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers (for example, a DNA strand is 2.5 nanometers in diameter). Nanotechnology applications—such as drug-delivery and water-filtration techniques, nanofilms, and carbon nanotubes—are highly interdisciplinary and include virtually all fields of engineering and the natural sciences. This minor will give you the necessary multidisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, biology, instrumentation, and application-specific areas.
This minor provides students the opportunity to study and develop an understanding of the plant sciences and their role as a foundation of modern society. Students who elect to pursue this minor will take a required course in botany, and be able to choose electives ranging from plant-microbe interactions to genomics to forest ecology.
Discover remote sensing—an interdisciplinary field employing advanced technology to remotely collect data and take measurements. Remote sensing techniques are used in field studies when direct sensing is difficult or impossible, on scales ranging from microscopic to satellite to astronomical. Michigan Tech’s Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI) fosters interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration in remote sensing; opportunities to research on RSI teams are available to undergraduate students.