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Evolutionary Studies Minor

The undergraduate minor in Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) introduces students to evolutionary thinking across a wide range of academic disciplines and is explicitly meant to be interdisciplinary.

The EvoS minor consists of a minimum of 24 credits, and includes the following requirements:

  • EvoS/BIOL 105 (Evolution for Everyone) is the required foundational course. 4 credits.
  • One (1) additional foundational course in biological evolution and human behavior. Choose from BIOL 117, ANTH 168, PSYC 111, or ENVI 101. 4 credits.
  • Three (3) additional evolution-related courses taught in any department or program of Harpur College, at least two (2) of which must be taken at the 300-400 level. 12 credits.
  • EvoS/BIOL 451 (Current Topics in Evolutionary Studies) is the required capstone course for the minor. This 2-credit seminar series must be taken twice. 4 credits.

 To sign up for the EvoS minor:


  • Courses listed as EvoS are regularly cross-listed with Biology and Anthropology. If students cannot register under the EvoS designation, there may  be seats available in the BIOL or ANTH sections.
  • A list of approved evolution-related courses can be found on the EvoS website: Courses in the EvoS Program. Approval of courses that count for the evolution-related courses requirement is at the discretion of the EvoS coordinator.
  • Only courses passed with a grade of C- or better may count towards minor requirements.
  • One (1) course taken pass/fail can count towards minor requirements.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken at Binghamton University.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken at the upper level (300-400 level).
  • Up to 4 credits of Independent Study/Research (e.g. ANTH/BIOL 497) is allowed.
  • Only 8 credits may be double-counted with major requirements


Graduate Certificate in Evolutionary Studies

The requirements of the graduate EvoS program are as follows:

  • 16 credits of eligible courses, including two semesters of the 2 credit Current Topics in EvoS seminar (BIOL 680S).
  • Evolution and Human Affairs (BIOL 570) is recommended but not required as an introduction.
  • Please note: there is a $100 fee for certificates through the Graduate School
  • If you are interested in an EvoS graduate certificate, please sign up here: 


Undergraduate Evolutionary Studies major

This is available though Harpur College  IMP, Individualized Major Program:

Last Updated: 9/22/20