Behavioral Science Minor

Students may acquire the Behavioral Science Minor at Husson University by declaring their wish to pursue this option and successfully completing 18 credit hours (6 courses) of approved course work. PY 111 and SY 201 are required. Of the remaining twelve credit hours (4 courses), six hours (2 courses) must be elected in psychology and six hours (2 courses) must be elected in sociology. Interested students should discuss this option with their advisors and obtain the approval of the Behavioral Science Coordinator by the end of their sophomore year. Additional information may be obtained from the Dean of the College of Science and Humanities.

Requirements of the Behavioral Science Minor

PY 111General Psychology (required)3
SY 201Principles of Sociology (required)3
Select two from the following:6
Human Growth and Development
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Behavior Modification/Seminar in Learning
Select two from the following:6
Contemporary Social Issues
Sociology of Work
Total Hours18

Biology Minor

The Biology Minor at Husson University is offered for students who are pursuing undergraduate professional programs of study but who have an abiding interest in biology. Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Education all have strong foundations in human biology. The Biology Minor allows students to contextualize this knowledge with information of the life processes that occur in all organisms. This minor would also benefit majors in business who might have an interest in the sale of pharmaceuticals or biotechnology and provides an excellent means of extra science preparation for Elementary Education majors. The minor requires at least 18 credits in biologically related science which covers animal biology, environmental biology and biological phenomena over long periods of time.

In order to complete the minor in biology, students must take the two-semester series in general biology for science majors: SC 191/SL 191 and SC 192/SL 192 and 4 additional science courses (with labs when available).

SC 191
SL 191
General Biology I
and General Biology Lab I
SC 192
SL 192
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Select one of the following environmental biology courses:3
Environmental Science
Science Immersion
Marine Biology
and Marine Biology Laboratory
and Ecology Lab
Physiological Ecology of Animals and Plants
Select one of the following organismal or cellular biology courses:3
Health Assessment
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology
Introduction to Nutrition
Functional Anatomy and Physiology
and Functional Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Human Genetics
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anat/Physiology Lab I
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Anatomy/Physiology Lab II
Cell Biology
Genomic Biology
Biomechanics & Kinesiology in Human Performance
Please select one of the following physical science courses:3
Introduction to Meteorology
Astronomy of the Solar System
Conceptual Physics
Principles of Gen Chemistry
and Prin of Gen Chemistry Lab I
Chemistry I
and Chemistry Lab I
Chemistry II
and Chemistry Lab II
Physics I
and Physics Lab I
Physics II
and Physics Lab II
One additional course from any of the categories listed above3
Total Hours20

English Minor

The minor in English shall consist of 18 credit hours (6 courses) of approved English course work beyond EH 123 Rhetoric and Composition I and EH 124 Rhetoric and Composition II. It is expected that students who excel in reading and writing skills may wish to pursue the English minor to show their communications potential to future employers. Others may wish to pursue the minor for pleasure and/or to improve their reading and writing skills as well as developing abilities in critical and creative thinking. Interested students should contact the  Chair of Humanities by their sophomore year to plan their English course schedules, interests, and needs.

General requirements
Select two of the following upper-level literature courses:6
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
World Literature I
World Literature II
Any two EH 200+ courses6
Any two EH 300+ courses6
Total Hours18

History Minor

Students may complete the requirements for the History Minor by declaring their interest in pursuing this option and successfully completing 18 credit hours (6 courses) of approved course work. Economic Geography (BA 111) is required.

BA 111Economic Geography3
Select five of the following:15
History of Western Civilization
United States History I
United States History II
American National Government
United States Social History
The 20th Century
United States Military History I
International Relations
Development of American Business in the 20th Century
Total Hours18

Six (6) credits of transfer credit may be applied toward the History Minor

Mathematics Minor

Students may complete the Mathematics minor by declaring their desire to pursue this option and by successfully completing 20 credit hours (6 courses) of approved course work to include MS 181 Calculus with Applications, MS 182 Calculus II and a minimum of 4 additional courses approved for the minor. A minimum of 3 courses must be completed at Husson University. Interested students should contact the Dean of the College of Science and Humanities for additional information.

MS 181Calculus with Applications4
MS 182Calculus II4
Select 4 of the following:12
History of Mathematics
Number Theory
Multivariable Calculus
Linear Algebra with Applications
Introduction to Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Modeling and Simulation
Total Hours20

Natural Science Minor

The Natural Science Minor at Husson University is offered for students who are pursuing undergraduate professional programs of study but who also value the knowledge of science. For the student who is intellectually curious about how the world around them works, the Natural Science Minor provides her/him with an opportunity to explore biology, chemistry and physics without being intimidated. This minor is ideal for all students who choose to be educators.

SC 151Conceptual Physics *3
SC 120Functional Anatomy and Physiology *3
or SC 221 Anatomy and Physiology I
SC 180Principles of Gen Chemistry *3
or SC 181 Chemistry I
Select three from the following sciences:9
Introduction to Nutrition
Organismal Biology
Environmental Science
Physics I
Physics II
Cell Biology
Exercise Physiology
Total Hours18

To successfully complete a natural science minor, the student must pass the following classes with a “C” or better.

A student may transfer a maximum of six credits to be applied towards the Natural Science Minor.

Psychology Minor

Students may earn a Psychology Minor by filing a Request for Minor form with the Registrar and successfully completing a minimum of 21 credit hours in the field of Psychology.  Psychology students are required to take the 3 courses listed below and at least 4 psychology electives (three of which must be at or above the three hundred level).  Students may not transfer in more than 9 credit hours toward their Psychology minor.  Courses from disciplines other than psychology will not fulfill the requirements for the minor.  The 2 practicum courses, PY 412 Social Service Field Placement and PY 491 Field Placement, as well as PY 442 Seminar in Psychology are excluded the Psychology minor.


PY 111General Psychology3
PY 141Human Growth and Development3
PY 242Research Methods3
Psychology Elective3
Psychology Elective 300+9
Total Hours21


Sustainability Minor

The sustainability minor complements Husson’s undergraduate professional programs of study by better preparing students for careers where sustainability concerns have become increasingly important.  Students in any major will benefit from confronting complex environmental problems, developing and analyzing complex solutions from both quantitative and qualitative points of view, and communicating their ideas to others.  In their required sustainability project course, students will work with faculty from within their majors and from the sustainability field to address a sustainability issue relevant to their chosen field of study. 

The learning outcomes from the sustainability minor are:

            1.  Identify and clearly articulate local and global problems linked to sustainability.

            2.  Evaluate possible solutions to these problems from multiple perspectives using environmental, social, and economic considerations as a beginning framework.

            3.  Communicate an assessment of these problems and solutions.

The sustainability minor requires that students complete a minimum of 18 credit hours, 9 of which are prescribed and 9 of which are elective. 

Required Courses
SC 141Environmental Science3
SC 142Conservation Biology (OR SC 167)3
SC 213Sustainability Science Projects3
Elective Courses9
What if They’re Right? Individual Responses to Climate Change
Environmental Ethics
Introduction to Gardening
Introduction to Geology
Conservation Biology (if not used as required course)
Energy and Society
Marine Biology
and Marine Biology Laboratory *
and Ecology Lab *
Soil, Air, and Water Chemistry *
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab *
Total Hours18

*Some internships may count as an elective, with the written permission of the Chair of the Sciences.