Loyola University Maryland

Department of Biology


Minor in Biology

Course requirements include:

  • BL118/BL119, BL121/BL126, BL201/BL202.
  • Three biology electives (200-level or higher), at least two with an associated lab or seminar.

Minor in Natural Sciences

Course requirements include:

  • BL118/BL119, BL121/BL126
  • BL201/BL202 or BL Elective/Lab (200-level or higher).
  • CH 101/CH105, CH102/CH106.
  • CH301/CH307, CH302/CH308
  • MA251 or MA252 or ST210 or ST265.
  • PH101, PH102.
  • One biology elective (200-level or higher). It is strongly recommended that students considering medical school take BL431/BL433 to fulfill this requirement. 

Minor in Forensic Studies

The minor consists of 6 total courses, with 1 required foundation course and a capstone course.

The following is required of all students:

  • BL 101 Introduction to Forensic Sciences (4 credits)
  • Capstone course (3 credits)
  • At least two elective course at the 300-level or higher from the approved list of courses
  • Elective courses must be distributed minimally across two academic departments, and at least one course must be completed in each of two academic divisions (e.g., Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Sellinger School of Business).
  • Permission may be granted for students to enroll in courses in which pre-requisites have not been met, following consultation with the appropriate department chair and Director of the Forensic Studies minor. Students should also consider completing some pre-requisites as part of their natural science and social science core requirements.

Minor in Environmental Studies

The requirements for the minor are:

  • One introductory course (CH114 Global Environment or BL111 Environmental Biology), which also counts as a natural science core course.
  • Five electives from the list of approved courses, with the following special notes:
    • No more than three of the five electives may come from the same academic area of study
    • Only two courses may count for both the core curriculum and this minor.
    • Study abroad courses or courses from the Baltimore Exchange Program may count if approved by the Director.
    • A capstone experiential course in the form of either a research project or internship.

The minor is available to all students in any major or area of study and prepares students for a variety of careers.

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