About our Minors

The minor programs offered in the College of Biological Sciences allow a student to specialize in a specific field of study to gain new skills, seek potential career paths, or simply pursue a new or long-standing personal interest. Note that not all minors offered with the College of Biological Sciences are offered as majors; thus, pursuing such minors can enhance and add to a student's skill-set and expertise. If you are interested in two or more areas of study, you should consider completing one or more minor programs outside of the College of Biological Sciences. Minor program requirements are listed in the UC Davis catalog under the department that offers them. You will find a complete list of the minors offered at Minor Programs Offered by UC Davis.

A minor consists of 18 to 24 units in upper division courses specified by the department or program offering the minor. Courses used to satisfy the requirements of a minor, including those completed elsewhere, must be approved by the sponsoring department or program. You are also expected to complete all courses that are prerequisite to the upper division courses required for the minor. Students in the College of Biological Sciences may not complete a minor in the same field as the their major. This includes any minor offered by the department or curriculum committee in charge of the student's major. All major and minor requirements must be completed within the 225 total unit limit.

To request certification of a minor, you must have a grade point average of 2.000 in all courses required for the minor. At most, one course used in satisfaction of your major may be applied to your minor. If you elect more than one minor, the minors may not have any courses in common. If you want to have completion of a minor certified on your transcript, you must submit a minor petition form no later than the deadline for filing for graduation. You can elect only one minor in a subject area. Requirements for the minor must be met by the time of graduation.

Biological Sciences- The Biological Sciences minor provides an opportunity for students in programs outside of the College of Biological Sciences to complement their studies with a concentration in biology. Students in the minor experience the breadth of biology by taking courses in five core areas: molecular biology/ biochemistry, animal biology, plant biology, microbiology and ecology/evolution.  
Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity - With a minor in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity (EEB), you will learn about the diversity of life on Earth, including diversity in genes, physiology, shapes, sizes, and behaviors. You will learn about how this diversity emerged, as plants, animals, and microbes became adapted to the environment and to each other. And you will learn to predict whether populations of interacting organisms will persist over time.

Exercise Biology - Are you interested in is the body's responses to physical activity? The exercise biology minor allows students to learn how physical activity levels impact human form and function, from physiological, biomechanical and behavioral perspectives. The courses are designed to foster intellectual curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, in the context of understanding organismal animal (including human) biology. 

Human Physiology - Are you curious about how the body works? The human physiology minor exposes students to general and specialized courses related to human biology including courses such as exercise and aging in health and disease and exercise metabolism. Students who obtain a human physiology minor would be able to demonstrate knowledge of the physiological processes that allow animals to function in their environment. This minor provides a foundation for further training in health-related professions.

Neuroscience - Are you interested in the function of the nervous system in animals and humans? The neuroscience minor allows students who are unable to major in the NPB neuroscience track to learn about the importance of the nervous system.  The large breadth of neuroscience courses available include molecular and cellular neurobiology, developmental neurobiology, neurobiology of addictive drugs, and cell signaling in health and disease. Students who obtain a neuroscience minor would be able to demonstrate knowledge of the neurobiological processes in animals and humans.

Plant Biology - Interested in plants and their dynamic means of interacting with the environment?  You may know plants are important for nutrition but you would you like to understand how they work?  Consider our minor if you are near your course limit for another major or have diverse interests.  The Plant Biology minor has an 18-unit minimum requirement. Three areas of specialization are offered – (i) Anatomy and Morphology, Physiology and Development, (ii) Evolution and Ecology, and (iii) Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics – with a small, strategic course selection per area.  Thus, you can still learn about the important aspects of plant biology without pursuing a plant biology major.  

Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics - The interdisciplinary minor in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is an integrative program that introduces students to the quantitative and computational approaches that are redefining all disciplines in the biological sciences, from molecular and cell biology, through genetics and physiology, to ecology and evolutionary biology.  Students in this minor will learn research tools that apply mathematical and computational methods, increase their insight into the strengths and limitations of quantitative approaches, and develop the interdisciplinary perspective that is now the foundation of modern biological research and training.  The minor in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics is open to all undergraduates regardless of major and is sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences. 

To view all other minors offered at UC Davis, please refer to the General Catalog listing of minor programs.