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Minors

All undergraduates are welcome to earn their minor from the College of Sciences, regardless of what your major is. Having a background in the sciences can be an enormous asset and can help you specialize within your career after graduation.

As part of the course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree in the College of Sciences, you must: (1) complete a minor (unofficial or official) in an academic discipline; or, (2) fulfill the requirements for an area of concentration.

Before we discuss minors in the College of Sciences in more detail, it is useful to clarify the distinction between an unofficial minor and an official minor.

  • An unofficial minor satisfies the graduation requirements but is not formally indicated on your transcript.
  • An official minor is a minor which is formally indicated on your transcript. You must complete an application process to receive an official minor. Details are provided below.

The minimum course requirement in the minor (unofficial or official) is eighteen semester hours, including advanced (300- or 400-level) courses; in some disciplines the minor may require more than eighteen hours or completion of particular courses. Consult your academic advisor for guidance and approval of the course-work you wish to use for your minor.

Descriptions of minors from units within the College of Sciences are provided below. The academics tab of the main UL Lafayette webpage has descriptions of minors from units outside the College of Sciences.

Official Minor or Area of Concentration

In order for the minor or area of concentration to appear on your final transcript, you must complete the required sequence of courses in the academic discipline of the minor or the area of concentration. Consult your academic advisor throughout your studies to ensure you're on the correct path. You must also complete an application for official minor form, in addition to your degree plan; and, one semester before your anticipated graduation semester, you must submit this application form to the dean's office for approval.

College of Sciences Minors


Biology minor

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Course description Credit hours
BIOL 110 Fundamentals of Biology I 3
BIOL 112 Fundamentals of Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 111 Fundamentals of Biology II 3
BIOL 113 Fundamentals of Biology II Lab 1
BIOL 230 Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 231 Fundamentals of Cell & Molecular Biology Lab 1
BIOL 233 Genetics & Evolution 3
BIOL 3XX-4XX Must be for Biology majors and cannot be independent study courses. 6
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Chemistry minor

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Course description Credit hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 108 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 115 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 2XX, 3XX, 4XX 1-2 hours of this seven-hour block should be laboratory experience. 7
CHEM 3XX-4XX Maximum of 3 hours of CHEM 362 or CHEM 462 3
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Computer Science minor

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Computer Science Minor (Option I for Electrical Engineering)

Course description Credit hours
CMPS 150 Introduction to Computer Science 3
CMPS 260 Introduction to Data Structures and Software Design 3
CMPS 261 Advanced Data Structures and Software Engineering 3
CMPS 341 Foundations of Computer Science 3
CMPS 453(G) Introduction to Software Methodology 3
CMPS 455(G) Operating Systems 3
  18

Computer Science Minor (Option II for All Other Majors)

Course description Credit hours
CMPS 150 Introduction to Computer Science 3
CMPS 260 Introduction to Data Structures and Software Design 3
CMPS 261 Advanced Data Structures and Software Engineering 3
CMPS 341 Foundations of Computer Science 3
CMPS 4XX Elective Course - Must be open to CMPS Majors 3
CMPS 4XX Elective Course - Must be open to CMPS Majors 3
  18

Environmental Science minor

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Course description Credit hours
ENVS 100 Environmental Science 3
ENVS 280 Biosphere Systems 3
ENVS 250 Plant Science or
ENVS 285 Soil Science
3 - 4
ENVS 459 Waste Min. and Pollution Prevention or
ENVS 445 Coastal Science or
ENVS 339 Hazardous Waste Management
3
ENVS 455 Geographic Information Science I 3
ENVS 484 Watershed Management or
ENVS 393 Environmental Leadership
3
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Geology minor

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Course description Credit hours
GEOL 111 Physical Geology or
GEOL 105/107 Geology and Man/Laboratory
4
GEOL 112 Historical Geology or
GEOL 106/108 Earth History/Laboratory
4
GEOL 1-4XX Any except GEOL 225 4
GEOL 3-4XX Any at this level 6
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Informatics minor

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Course description Credit hours
INFX 101 Fundamentals of Informatics 3
INFX 210 Human-Computer Interaction 3
INFX 240 Information Technology Infrastructure 3
INFX 330 Information Management 3
Select one of the following blocks:  
Block 1: 6
INFX 380 Systems Integration and Architecture 3
and  
INFX 481 Business Process Analysis and Design 3
Block 2: 6
INFX 320 Information Assurance and Security 3
and either  
INFX 450 Systems Administration and Maintenance 3
or  
INFX 470 Web Systems and Technologies 3
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Mathematics minor

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Course description Credit hours
MATH 270 Calculus I 4
MATH 301 Calculus II 4
MATH 302+* Any other MATH/STAT courses at the level of MATH 302 or above 10
  18

*NOTE: At most one of MATH 320, MATH 327, and STAT 325 may be used. Math 317 may not be used.


Physics minor

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Course description Credit hours
PHYS 201 General Physics I 4
PHYS 202 General Physics II 4
PHYS 215 Physics Lab I 1
PHYS 216 Physics Lab II 1
PHYS 301 General Physics III 3
PHYS 3-4XX Any except PHYS 391, 392, 491, 492 5
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Military Science minor

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Course description Credit hours
MLSC 301 Basic Leadership/Mgmt Develop 3
MLSC 302 Adv Leadership/Mgmt Develop 3
MLSC 303 Advanced Summer Camp*  
MLSC 400 Adv Military Phys Fitness I 3
MLSC 401 Staff Organization & Training Mgmt 3
MLSC 402 Military Justice & Military Prof 3
HIST 381 Wars & Revolutions 3
  18

*NOTE: MLSC 303 must be completed with or without credit in order to receive a minor. Proof of completion with ROTC CDT CMD Form 67-9 to be turned in with minor application.