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Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors

See previous degree requirements

The Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors offered by the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is open to:

• Biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences
• All life sciences majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Atmospheric Science, Biology and Society, Entomology, Environmental Exploration, Food Science, Natural Resources, Nutritional Sciences, Plant Sciences, Science of Earth Systems, Science of Natural and Environmental Systems, Viticulture and Enology.

Background

This new minor was made possible through a generous gift by Dr. Jonathan Levine '76 and Stacey Levine, and Dr. David Levine '88 and Davena Levine '88, and it is intended to prepare life sciences majors for successful careers that straddle both science and business. As a result, life sciences majors will be exposed to innovative business ideas to be prepared for future entrepreneurial opportunities. You will understand the business goals and terms used by companies (i.e., for-profit employers or nonprofit if you choose to pursue a research career). Pre-med, pre-dent, and pre-vet students will also find grounding in business practices helpful to understanding the economic environment in which they will eventually practice.

New Configuration op

Starting Fall 2013, the requirements of the minor have changed. Students currently enrolled can opt to adopt the new requirements (more flexible) and receive the designation of Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences or complete the minor under the previous requirements, receiving a designation of Business Minor for Life Sciences. Any student who completes a Declaration of Intent to Minor in the Fall of 2013 or later must fulfill the new requirements.

Requirements

Declaration of Intent to Minor

Students may complete a Declaration of Intent to minor in the Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences (DBMLS) starting in their freshmen year and must declare the minor by the end of their Junior Year to qualify. The declaration is intended to signal the interest and INTENT of a student to pursue the minor. The declaration can be filed BEFORE the pre-requisites as long as the applicant plans to take the pre-requisites within the next two semesters. Once the declaration of INTENT is registered in the DBMLS database, students receive notification and are officially considered part of the program. Students declaring the INTENT to pursue the Minor will have access to advice and guidance on the minor and will be put on a notification list that will be used to announce new offerings and opportunities. Complete the Declaration of Intent to Minor online form here.

How to Declare and Complete the Minor

  1. Review. Review the tables below in order to better understand the minor. We also suggest visiting minors.dyson.cornell.edu for more information to get started.
  2. Plan. Plan a course of study to complete the minor requirements.
  3. Apply. Complete the online Declaration of Intent by the end of junior year.
  4. Certify. Certify completion of the business minor with an application by February 1st of senior year.

Course Requirements op

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Any course taken after July 2013 must be taken for a letter grade (i.e., no S/U).

At least 9 credits must be taken in the Dyson School, or you need to complete 9 AEM credits to successfully complete the minor.

Key: F = fall; W = winter; S = spring; SU = summer

Core Courses Required
ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics (4 or 5 on AP or Transfer Credit Accepted) (3 cr) F, W, S, Su
AEM 2210 Financial Accounting (3cr) F, S, Su
One of the Following:
AEM 1200 Introduction to Business Management (3 cr) S, Su
AEM 2400 Marketing (3 cr) F, W, S, Su
Select a combination equal to at least 3 credits total from the following courses
AEM 1210 Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership Seminar (1 cr) F
AEM 1220 Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences (1 cr) S
AEM 1230 Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Business (2 cr) F
AEM 3340 Women, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (1 cr) F
AEM 4380 Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Venture (2 cr) S
AEM 4390 Technology Strategy (2 cr) S
AEM 4660 Market Dynamics, Computer Simulation and Modeling (1.5 cr) F, S
AEM 3249 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy (3 cr) F
AEM 3250 Business Planning Process for New Ventures (4 cr) S
AEM 3350 International Technology Marketing of Biotechnology (3 cr) S
Pick at least three additional credits from the following (no substitutions or exceptions):
AEM 1220 Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences (1 cr) S
AEM 1230 Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Business (2 cr) F
AEM 3020 Farm Business Management (4 cr) F
AEM 3230 Managerial Accounting (3 cr) W, S, Su
AEM 2240 Finance (4 cr) F, S, Su
AEM 3249 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy (3 cr) F
AEM 3250 Business Planning Process for New Ventures (4 cr) S
AEM 3350 International Technology Marketing of Biotechnology (3 cr) S
AEM 3380 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Problem Solvers (3-4 cr) F, Su
ILROB 6260 Managing Diversity: Policies & Practices (4 cr) F
NBA 5070 Entrepreneurship for Scientists & Engineers (3 cr) F, S
NBA 6080 Innovation in Pharma/Biotech: The Challenge of Change (1.5 cr) S*
NCC 5540 Managing and Leading in Organizations (3 cr) F, S
PAM 2350 The U.S. Health Care System (3 cr) F
PAM 3110 Pharmaceutical Management and Policy (3 cr) S
PAM 5630 Health Care Financial Management II (3 cr) F
HE 4060 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice (3 cr) Su
PAM 4370 The Economics of Health Care Markets (3 cr) F

*Not Offered 2014-2015

Transfer Credit op

At least 9 credits must be taken in the Dyson School. All required classes must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Transfer credit or course equivalency must be certified by one of the professors teaching the approved required Cornell classes for the minor BEFORE you take the course. Please refer to the list of pre-approved courses here; if your course is not listed here, please submit a complete syllabus through your Declaration of Intent by finding the requirement you are trying to satisfy, then filling out the “Request Transfer Credit” form on the site. Please fill out the information as completely as possible. After submission, a special committee will review your request and get back to you with an approval/denial as soon as possible.

Please Note: To transfer financial accounting, a proficiency test is required. No online courses will be accepted for this requirement. To take the proficiency test, please contact Nancy Bell at nmc52@cornell.edu.

A course is only acceptable for transfer credit if it is listed on the applicant's college transcript. Please check with your college's registrar for specific policies about transfer credit before you take a course outside of Cornell University.

Contact op

Prof. Deborah Streeter
375B Warren Hall
Ph: 607.255.1611

Nancy Bell

Undergraduate Minor Coordinator
375 Warren Hall
Ph: 607.254.1297