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Biology: Bachelor of Science Minor


The Minor in Biology expands the number of program options available to students who wish to graduate with a credential that combines course offerings from different program areas. The Minor in Biology is a complement to other Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Major and Minor programs.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Biology must be admitted to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

The Minor in Biology requires completion of 33 credits as specified below.

Year 1

All of:
  BIOL 1110 Introductory Biology I 4 credits
  BIOL 1210 Introduction Biology II 4 credits

Year 2

At least two of:
  BIOL 2320 Genetics 4 credits
  BIOL 2321 Cell Biology 4 credits
  BIOL 2322 Ecology 4 credits
  BIOL 2330 Microbiology I 4 credits
  BIOL 2421 Cellular Biochemistry 3 credits

Years 3 and 4


A minimum of 17 credits of BIOL courses at the 3000 level or higher, including:

  • a minimum of 8 credits in courses with a laboratory component
  • a minimum of 6 credits in courses at the 4000 level or higher.
17 credits

Note: Students completing a Minor in Biology may select either Directed Studies (BIOL 4190 and 4290) or Research Project courses (BIOL 4199 and 4299) but not both.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor's degree, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Biology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Science and Horticulture


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 33

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2015

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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