The College of Science and Humanities offers a broad range of minors developed to provide students with the opportunity for in-depth exploration of fields of study that complement their major program. Interested students should work with their major advisor to declare a minor and develop a course schedule that meets the requirements of their minor and major programs.

Cultural and Behavioral Sciences Minor

The Behavioral Science Minor provides students with an overview of how people function as individuals and within groups in various social contexts. The minor explores the individual and social influences that drive human behavior. This minor would benefit students who are interested in careers that involve interfacing with diverse populations. Students should work with their advisors to declare the minor by their sophomore year and must successfully complete six courses (18 credit hours) of approved course work. PY 111 and SY 201 are required. Of the remaining four courses, two must be elected in psychology (at least one at the 300+ level) and two must be elected in sociology (at least one at the 300+ level). 

Requirements of the Cultural and Behavioral Sciences Minor

PY 111General Psychology (required)3
SY 201Principles of Sociology (required)3
SY 222Cultural Anthropology3
Select one of the following:3
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Select two from the following: (one at the 200 and one at the 300+ level+)6
Diversity and the Sociology of Education
Contemporary Social Issues
Medical Anthropology
Issues in Medical Anthropology
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
Marine Biology
and Marine Biology Laboratory
and Ecology Lab
Select one of the following organismal or cellular biology courses:3
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
Microbiology for the Health Sciences
Cell Biology
Exercise Physiology
General Genetics
Biomechanics & Kinesiology in Human Performance
Biochemical and Molecular Methods
Please select one of the following physical science courses:3
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. 

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

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 Philosophy
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 *
Environmental Inorganic Chemistry
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab *
Total Hours18

Pre-requisites are required for these electives.

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