Biology & Earth Science Minors

The Department of Biology and Earth Science has minors in biology and earth science and contributes courses to the interdisciplinary minor, sustainability studies.  A minor is a good way to broaden your academic experience and make you more marketable once you graduate from Otterbein.

Biology and Earth Science minors are recommended for students who want to build, broaden or demonstrate science credentials on their academic transcript.

Biology Minor

Otterbein offers an exciting biology program that provides students with a strong foundation and prepares them for a wide variety of endeavors after graduation. Recent graduates have pursued careers in environmental science, field biology, genetic counseling, forensics, or in the biotechnology industry. Students must complete four courses to receive a minor in Biology (BIO 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020 and 2030).

Earth Science Minor

Earth Science examines all aspects of the planet earth including rocks and minerals, natural resources, landforms, oceanography, and the history of the planet and its forms. The minor helps prepare students for graduate programs in ecology, environmental sciences, and environmental studies.

To receive this minor, students must complete 20 hrs of Earth Science (ESCI) courses. These courses include a basic foundation in geological processes and materials (ESCI 1010), the history of the Earth (ESCI 1020), as well as other courses in field geology, environmental geology, and marine science.