Greenville University Announces New Minor in Human Biology

Published: April 13, 2021

Greenville University has added a minor in human biology to its STEM programs for next year.

The human biology minor is intended to provide a background for students hoping to work with issues that affect human health and human well-being, says biology department chair Eric Nord. The minor will complement majors such as social work, psychology, criminal justice, and business.

The minor will also benefit students who may switch out of a biology major in their second or third year. It offers a way for them to apply existing biology credits toward a minor.

The human biology minor will be comprised of credits from existing GU courses, including courses in general biology, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and general chemistry.

In recent years, students studying the sciences at GU have:

  • Published research in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Bio-Protocol and the Journal of Chemical Education;
  • Served local organizations and businesses with projects such as a well water testing service in southern Illinois and helping a local business increase the lifespan of its products;
  • Interned with organizations like the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, and Princeton University;
  • Presented research at Harvard; and
  • Earned prestigious awards to graduate programs at Virginia Tech, University of Illinois, Boston University, and others.

The new minor will be available beginning fall 2020.


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