The minor requires a total of six courses amounting to 5½ course credits. No more than three courses required for the major, or which satisfy the common course of study, may count toward the minor.

Students interested in taking courses with a prerequisite (*) should plan appropriately to fulfill the requirements. Students interested in the minor should discuss their plans with the chair of the Health and Life Sciences Institute. Credit for courses that are not already on the list of approved courses requires a petition to the Health and Life Sciences Advisory Group and the Academic Progress Committee. In addition to course work, students interested in the minor are encouraged to participate in interdisciplinary research opportunities.

There are two paths to earning a minor in health and life sciences:

For humanities or social sciences majors, the requirements include:

  • Biology 101
  • Biology 102 (or BIOL/CM 106)
  • one course in humanities or social sciences (selected from the list of approved courses)
  • one interdisciplinary course (selected from the list of approved courses)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, INDS 211 (½ course credit)
  • one capstone course (selected from the list of approved courses) or Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis

For natural science or engineering majors, the requirements include:

  • Biology 101 or Biology 102 (or BIOL/CM 106)
  • two courses in humanities or social sciences (selected from the list of approved courses)
  • one interdisciplinary course (selected from the list of approved courses)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, INDS 211 (½ course credit)
  • one capstone course (selected from the list of approved courses) or Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis

It is recommended that students interested in the health and life sciences minor take a statistics course. If a student changes his/her major the student’s major degree awarded at graduation must align with the requirements for the proper path described above. Dual majors that span the paths described above can take either pathway to earn the minor. Students with an interdisciplinary major or self-designed major must petition the chair of health and life sciences and the Academic Progress Committee for approval for the minor. Students should also note that they will take a ½ credit overload for one semester to meet the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Seminar Series.

For more information, contact the chair of the health and life science minor, Professor Chun Wai Liew, ext. 5537, liewc@lafayette.edu or one of the members of the advisory group.

Health and Life Sciences Advisory Group for 2012-2013:

Professor Chun Wai Liew, Department of Computer Science
Professor Paul Cefalu, Department of English
Professor Yang Wang, Department of Economics
Professor Jenn Rossmann, Department of Mechanical Engineering