The Undergraduate Program in Biology & Medicine (UPBM)


Minor in Biological Sciences (BI) – New

Amanda Larracuente Danielle Presgraves, PhD
Minor Track Coordinator & Minor Advisor 
Department: Biology
Office: Room 478, Hutchison Hall
Phone: (585) 275-2634

How to Declare Your Minor/Applying for Acceptance

  1. Meet with the UPBM Administrator to make a schedule for completing major requirements
    1. Visit the UPBM Booking Site to select a time that meets your needs
    2. Bring any transfer credit information on courses that may be applicable to major if needed
  2. Meet with major advisor to review schedule for approval
    1. Send email to set-up appointment with a few dates/times of availability
  3. Submit signed paperwork to the College Center for Academic Advising Services


Exception to Minor Requirements

What is a petition? A petition is a written request to the UPBM Committee of Track Coordinators for a variance of the extant rules/regulations. This may be, for example, a request for substitution or acceptance of a course that is not ordinarily part of the UPBM curriculum.

Students with requests for exceptions to the requirements are required to consult with their academic advisor. For some exceptions, it may be necessary to submit a petition to the UPBM Committee.

General Minor Requirements

The Undergraduate Program in Biology and Medicine (UPBM) requires students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the minor, excluding allied field courses. Be sure to visit the general degree requirements for more information on double majors, double degrees, and honors in research.