Biology is the study of life. Biologists analyze organism functions at the cellular and molecular levels using genetics, biochemistry, and microscopy. They also study interactions between organisms and with the environment by examining behavior, morphology, physiology and genetics. Students can take a broad curriculum within Biological Sciences or focus on specific areas, such as ecology, evolution and behavior, cell and molecular biology, or microbiology.

Studies in Biological Sciences have applications across many areas including agriculture, medicine, and the environment. Biological Sciences is a popular choice for students preparing for careers in healthcare, agriculture, natural resources and environmental sciences, food management, bioremediation, as well as the biomedical and biotechnology fields. A minor in Biological Sciences also prepares students for professional careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, and education, and graduate studies in the life sciences.


At least 9 credits must be taken at or above the 300 level in residence at UWM. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 in minor courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a GPA of 2.0 in all minor courses attempted, including any transfer work. The minor consists of 19 credits in Biological Sciences including the following:

Core Introductory Sequence
Foundations of Biological Sciences I
and Foundations of Biological Sciences II
Select at least one of the following:4-6
General Ecology
Cell Biology
and Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology
and Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology
General Microbiology
Additional Requirements
Select at least 7 additional credits in courses that carry credit toward the major7
Total Credits19-21