Biological and Life Sciences
This minor is of particular interest to students majoring in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology; Environmental Science and Management; Landscape Architecture; Biological Sciences; Evolution and Ecology; Plant Biology; and Sustainable Environmental Design.
The minor is sponsored by the Department of Plant Sciences.
This minor emphasizes the diversity, ecology and evolution of insects. Not only are insects fascinating creatures, but they have multiple effects on the earth’s biota (including humans). Insects influence numerous ecosystem functions, vector pathogens, consume and pollinate plants, support various predators and more. In turn, the natural world drives insect evolution and diversification.
This minor supports students pursuing careers in the biological sciences, wildlife management, environmental sciences, conservation and more.
Insects play key roles in ecosystems and in human endeavors due to their immense variety of forms and functions. The goal of this minor is for students to learn about the different types of insects, and it emphasizes the traits that make them such important and successful animals. Insects share many traits with other organisms, and so are widely used as model systems for understanding biology. Their adaptations also determine how they interact as pests, pollinators, recyclers of organic material and vectors of pathogens (among other roles).
Are you curious about how the body works? The human physiology minor exposes students to general and specialized courses related to human biology including courses such as exercise and aging in health and disease and exercise metabolism. Students who obtain a human physiology minor would be able to demonstrate knowledge of the physiological processes that allow animals to function in their environment. This minor provides a foundation for further training in health-related professions.
The minor in Fungal Biology and Ecology is open to all students interested in a concentrated exposure to and knowledge of the fungi and allied organisms.
The minor is sponsored by the Plant Pathology Department.
Students interested in forensic science and/or legal careers will benefit from this minor. The taxonomy, development, behavior and distribution of arthropods can provide insight and evidence relevant to criminal activity and other matters of litigation. Students will learn basic ecological concepts plus several areas of insect biology and taxonomy. This knowledge will be combined with detailed, ‘hands-on’ lab and field activities in forensic entomology that cover collection and use of insects as evidence in legal cases and forensic entomology research.
The Food Service Management minor provides students with the foundational knowledge to be a successful food service manager. This minor prepares students to manage and operate an institutional food service facility by developing skills in purchasing, menu planning, front and back of the house operations, food sanitation and human resource management. The minor is designed for students interested in developing a greater understanding of the food industry and food service operations.
Are you interested in is the body's responses to physical activity? The exercise biology minor allows students to learn how physical activity levels impact human form and function from physiological, biomechanical and behavioral perspectives. The courses are designed to foster intellectual curiosity, problem solving and critical thinking skills, in the context of understanding organismal animal (including human) biology.
The Environmental Horticulture minor focuses the student on the identification, taxonomy, propagation, production and maintenance of ornamental plants in commercial production or urban landscapes. The goal of the minor is to broaden students understanding of the science behind the identification, propagation and maintenance of plants for human use, whether in a landscape or production setting.
The minor in coaching principles and methods will introduce students to concepts and practices in how to help make people become more productive. The objective of this minor is to enable our college students to develop a greater understanding of motivational, leadership, goal setting and psychological techniques to empower people to be work effectively toward successful outcomes.