Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Molecular Life Sciences (MLSMIN)Molecular Life Sciences Program

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The Minor in Molecular Life Sciences provides a modern, molecular and interdisciplinary option for students across the science disciplines on campus. Students intending to pursue careers that draw heavily from an understanding of how living systems function, such as medicine, veterinary sciences, dentistry, and pharmacology will benefit from the coherent training paths offered in this minor. Those who wish to pursue graduate training in the life sciences, or access B.S.-level positions in research after graduation, will find that the coursework enhances their sophistication in modern technologies and current research in their career area. Students will be better prepared to digest scientific literature and appreciate modern research strategies, such as bioinformatic approaches and high throughput technologies based on DNA and RNA sequencing.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Biological Mechanisms. One (1) course:
  2. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry. One (1) course:
  3. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
  4. Advanced Electives.
    1. 400–499 Electives. One (1) course:
    2. Additional Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional courses from the 400–499 Electives list
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.