Minor in Natural Science

This is a great minor for premeds who are non science majors, or for those just interested in developing a better understanding of the basic sciences. It is not open to students pursuing majors in the natural sciences. Eighteen of the thirty units must be completed in residency (at USC).

Core Course

Any five out of the six courses list below:

  • BISC-120Lg/121Lg General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution
  • BISC-220L/221L General Biology: Cell Biology & Physiology
  • CHEM-105aLg/CHEM-115aLg General Chemistry
  • CHEM-105bL/CHEM-115bL General Chemistry
  • PHYS-135aLg Physics for the Life Sciences or PHYS-151L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • PHYS-135bLg or PHYS-152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Elective Requirement

Any two 4-unit courses available for major credit from among the following departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Science, Human Biology and/or Physics/Astronomy

Capstone Course

BISC-321x Multidisciplinary Seminar: Science, Technology and Society (Spring only)



  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371