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Earn A Bachelor’s Degree In Biology

At Northern Arizona University’s Yuma branch campus, you can earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology and prepare for a rewarding career in the biological sciences. With research opportunities and field projects, this biology degree program delves into the study and application of the science of living organisms. NAU graduates have excelled in placing in respected medical schools, government agencies, and graduate degree programs.

A Multitude Of Cutting-Edge Biology Career Paths

NAU-Yuma’s Biology degree prepares you to work in biology, microbiology, exercise science, or teaching. It is also an excellent foundation for graduate study in medical, dental, or veterinary school. 

Consider a career in some of these exciting Arizona environments:

  • Biological Testing Laboratories
  • Medical Corporations
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • State and Federal Agencies

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Biology - Minor

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Degree Information
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA 2.0

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to communicate scientific information effectively in written and oral forms (including using standard practices in scientific writing), addressing basic biological concepts encompassing a range of sub-disciplines within the field of biology.
  • Students will be able to apply the scientific method as a demonstration that they understand the basic paradigm of scientific inquiry as it relates to general biological problems.
  • Students will be able to describe fundamental principles of biology e.g., central dogma, diversity of life, inheritance.
  • Students will understand that evolution is the central principle uniting the field of biology, and apply the theory of evolution to explain diverse biological phenomena spanning molecular to organismal biology.
  • Students will be able to access and interrogate the primary scientific literature in the biological sciences.
  • Students will be able to synthesize material from across a biological sub-discipline and apply this to advanced-level course material (i.e., a Capstone experience); specifically, students will draw from their learning experiences in the fields of ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, systematics, etc as related to the topic of their capstone course.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for the interdisciplinary role of science as applied to human and environmental challenges across both local and global scales.


Minor Requirements
    • Select biology courses, which may include up to 3 units of non-duplicating BIO 300 (6-9 units).

      Please note that you may not use BIO 100, BIO 100L, BIO 310, or any BIO recitation (R) courses toward this minor.

      At least 6 units must be taken at NAU.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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