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Interdisciplinary Concentrations and Minors in Biology

The department also offers a minor in biology and courses for the interdisciplinary minor in population and public health as well as the interdisciplinary concentrations in environmental studies and neuroscience.


Learn about the curricular requirements and view four-year plans for each of these programs:

Biology Minor

Students of any major can pursue a minor in biology, developing abilities that are highly valued in a variety of career paths. You’ll learn about basic chemical principles and metabolism, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and the biodiversity of life, along with many other foundational skills. You’ll then choose from advanced courses that will help you hone your critical thinking skills and learn to solve challenging problems in the classroom and the lab.

Interdisciplinary Concentrations and Minors

Studies in biology play an important role in two interdisciplinary programs, which students can take along with a major at John Carroll: Neuroscience, for biology, chemistry, and psychology majors interested in studying the brain and nervous system; and Population and Public Health, which helps prepare students to be leaders in improving the health of communities.

As a biology student, you’ll gain a strong foundation in core biology courses with specializations in specific areas, complemented by courses from other departments. All of this will help you develop strong critical thinking and analytical skills, provide you with hands-on experience in biological techniques, and assist you in fostering creative scientific thought.

You’ll learn directly from expert faculty who will not only teach and advise you, but engage you in innovative research. These experiences, along with internships and other fieldwork, will prepare you for graduate or professional school and your future career. Our alumni have found success in career paths such as healthcare, research, education, environmental consulting, and many more.