Biology Minor


Students who have an interest in biology but do not have enough time to complete the major may wish to consider a minor in Biology.


Introduction to Biology
Although there are no specific requirements for introductory biology (or chemistry) courses for the Biology Minor, one or more of these preparatory courses are required prerequisites for all 3000-level and above biology courses.

Biology “Core” Course Requirement (6 credit minimum)
Students must complete at least two of the Biology core courses (BIOL 3000, 3010, or 3020). Students who complete all three core courses may apply the third towards the Biology Upper-Level Course requirement.

Upper-Level Biology Course Requirements (9 credit minimum)
Biology minors are required to complete a total of 15 hours of upper-level (3000 or above) required + elective courses. Two core courses are included in these minimum 15 hours. The remaining elective courses may consist of any combination of Biology lecture and laboratory courses, taught either at UVA or at Mountain Lake Biological Station. Two semesters of Independent Research (BIOL 4910/4920, 4911-4918) conducted in one laboratory may be included in the credit hours for the minor.  Only EVSC or NESC courses that are cross-listed with Biology (e.g. BIOL/EVSC 4100) may be counted toward minor credit.  CHEM 4410 and 4420 may not be used to fulfill Biology Minor credits.

Grade Point Average (15 credit minimum)
The overall GPA for courses presented for the minor must be at least 2.000. These courses include two core courses and enough additional 3000 level or higher elective BIOL courses to complete a total of 15 credit hours.

Guidelines and Restrictions for Minors:

1.   Credits applied toward another major may not also be counted towards a minor.

2.   All courses applied towards the minor must be taken at the University of Virginia. AP/IB test or transfer credit cannot be applied towards the Biology Minor; however, such credit for introductory biology courses will satisfy the introductory course prerequisites for upper-level courses.

3.   Courses taken credit/no credit may not be applied to the minor in Biology.

4.   Students may not declare two minors, but they may declare two majors and a minor.

Minor Advising
Students who declare a minor in Biology are not officially assigned Biology advisors. Biology minor students may consult any Biology faculty member or the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Biology Department Office to discuss their choice of courses.


1.   Complete the Biology Minor Declaration Form, either by using the online fill-able PDF document or by completing a hard copy form in the Biology Department Office. For legibility, we would prefer that you complete the form on your computer and print it.

2.   Submit the Minor Declaration Form to Ms. Stephanie Ryan in the Biology Department Office (PLSB 204).  After your course plan is reviewed and approved, it will be sent to the College of Arts and Sciences Office in Monroe Hall. 

3.    Check SIS to verify that your minor appears on your student account. Generally, your minor declaration will appear within 1-2 weeks after submitting the form to the College; however, during “peak” major declaration periods, processing may take longer. NOTE: Minor declarations will not be processed over the winter or summer breaks.  Students must complete minor declarations no later than the end of the Add period of their second-to-last semester (normally the 7th) in the College.