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Biology Minor

Do you want to pursue a business career in health care or pharmacology? Are you considering a future in animal science or another ag-based job? Maybe you’re thinking about a future in architecture or historical conservation and could benefit from a background in biology?

At the University of Central Missouri, our Biology minor is designed to give you a firm foundation in biology literacy and theory, so you have a greater understanding of the science of life and living organisms. A Biology minor complements nearly any bachelor’s degree, providing you with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers that touch nearly every industry.

Biology minor courses with flexible formats

Much like our Biology majors, students who pursue our Biology minor have the opportunity to take all of our courses on campus in Warrensburg or some of them online. Gain valuable expertise in a way that works for you.

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Some online classes available

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Only 7 courses to complete minor

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Learn business applications of biology

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Build professional connections

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Research opportunities

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What you will study

In just seven courses, you’ll complete this minor and gain a strong foundation in cellular, ecological and molecular biology.

You’ll start by taking an introductory course that exposes you to the basics of biology, including the chemistry of life, cell structure, genetics, mechanisms of evolution, the evolutionary history of biological diversity and ecology. You can then select additional courses based on your career aspirations.

Focus your Biology minor with coursework such as:

  • Basic Genetics GE
  • Cell Biology
  • General Ecology
  • Plant Biology or Animal Biology
  • General Chemistry GE or Introduction to the Sciences: Chemistry GE

You’ll also take one upper-level elective course. Our Biology minors have specialized their studies with courses in Conservation Biology, Field Techniques in Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology.


Excellence in Biology

  • A Best Value College for Biological & Biomedical Sciences (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in biology

Throughout your undergraduate studies, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to set you up for success — whether it’s here on campus or in your career. As you gain a well-rounded background in biology, you’ll also benefit from hands-on opportunities through:

  • Classroom experiences: Students in our Animal Biology and Plant Biology classes take a hands-on approach as they dig into the various functions involved in the growth of life, from cells to diverse ecosystems. 
  • Student activities: Take your learning beyond the classroom and lab by joining one — or several — of UCM’s more than 185 student clubs and organizations. You’ll gain added biological and leadership expertise by taking part in the UCM Fisheries Society, Para-Medico and Pre-Vet Club, Tri Beta Honorary Society and the Wildlife Society.


What can you do with a Biology minor from UCM?

In conjunction with one of UCM’s nearly 150 programs, our Biology minor prepares you for graduate school or professional programs, as well as careers in government agencies and a range of industries.

Stand out in a competitive market with a Biology minor

Explore more about career options and salary expectations in a biology-related field using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for our Biology program

No matter your major, undergraduate students who add a Biology minor to their studies have several ways to finance a college education. In addition to general UCM scholarships, you might be able to take advantage of UCM’s program-specific awards and other funding opportunities. 

Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Make yourself more marketable.

While our Biology minor will prepare you for careers that span many industries, an additional minor might benefit your career goals. Consider these options:

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Explore programs related to biology.

If biology interests you, you may also be interested in the following UCM undergraduate certificate programs:


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