Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors

The Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors (DBMLS), offered by the Dyson School, is open to:

The following biology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences:

The following major in the College of Engineering:

The following majors in the College of Human Ecology:

All life sciences majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:


The Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors was established through a generous gift by Dr. Jonathan Levine '76 and Stacey Levine, and Dr. David Levine '88 and Davena Levine '88. 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 and understand the business goals and terms used by different types of companies (e.g., for-profit employers or nonprofits if you choose to pursue a research career).

Pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-vet students will also find grounding in business practices helpful to understanding the economic environment in which they will eventually practice.

Declaration of Intent to Minor

Students may complete a declaration of intent to minor in the DBMLS on the Dyson minors website starting in their freshman 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. Once the declaration is registered in the DBMLS database, students receive notification and are officially considered part of the program.

Students declaring the intent to pursue the DBMLS 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.

How to Declare and Complete the DBMLS

  1. Review the tables below to better understand the minor requirements.
  2. Plan a course of study to complete the minor requirements.
  3. Apply by completing the online declaration of intent on the Dyson minors website by the end of junior year.
  4. Certify completion of the DBMLS with an application on the Dyson minors website by June 1 of senior year.

Course Prerequisites

To file a declaration of intent to minor in the DBMLS, students must be enrolled in or plan to take in the next two semesters a 3-credit class in either microeconomics or macroeconomics course from the list below.

AP credit or transfer credit is acceptable for these prerequisites if the course is listed on the applicant's college transcript. A special committee must approve transfer credit. Taking a prerequisite course S/U or online is permitted.

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

Introductory Microeconomics

Must complete one of the following:

AEM 1500 Intro to Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources S
ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics (AP or transfer credit accepted) F, W, S, Su
ECON 3010 Accelerated Microeconomics F
ECON 3030 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory F, S
HADM 1410 Microeconomics for the Service Industry F, S
PAM 2000 Intermediate Microeconomics F, S


Introductory Macroeconomics

Must complete one of the following:

ECON 1120 Introductory Macroeconomics F, W, S, Su
ECON 3020 Accelerated Macroeconomics S
ECON 3040 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory F, S, Su

Course Requirements

  • All courses taken to fulfill the DBMLS must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade (no S/U).
  • At least 9 credits must be taken in the Dyson School.
  • Online courses taken outside Cornell University cannot be used to fulfill a requirement for the minor.

Note: Any student who has completed a declaration of intent to minor since fall 2013 must fulfill the new requirements below. Students who declared their intent to minor prior to fall 2013 can opt to adopt the new, more flexible requirements and earn the designation of Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences, or they can complete the minor under the previous requirements, receiving a designation of business minor for life sciences.

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

Financial Accounting

Must complete one of the following:

AEM 2210 Financial Accounting F, S, Su
HADM 2230 Financial Accounting Principles F, S
NCC 5500 Financial Accounting F, S

Must complete one of the following:

AEM 1200 Introduction to Business Management S, Su
AEM 2400 Marketing F, W, S, Su
HADM 1810 Intro to Management F
HADM 2410 Marketing Principles F
ILRID 1700 Intro to Organizations and Management F
NCC 5530 Marketing Management F, S

At Least 6 Credits from the Following Courses

AEM 1210 Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership Seminar (1) F
AEM 1220 Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences: Past, Present, and Future (1) F
AEM 1221 Entrepreneurship in the Life Science II (1) S
AEM 1230 Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Business (2) F
AEM 1260 Business Inclusion and Diversity Skills (2) S
AEM 1600 The Business of Modern Medicine (1) F
AEM 2000 Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy (3) S
AEM 2011 Spreadsheet Modeling for Management and Economics (3) F, W, S, Su
AEM 2220 Foundational Perspectives and Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship (3) F, S
AEM 2230 Cooperative Business Management (3) S
AEM 2241 Finance (Formerly AEM 2240) (3) F, S
AEM 2300/ECON 2300 International Trade and Finance (3) S, Su
AEM 3020 Farm Business Management (4) F
AEM 3080 Ethical Issues in Business Management and Organizations (2) S
AEM 3120 Branding and Brand Management (1) S
AEM 3230 Managerial Accounting (3) F, W, S, Su
AEM 3249 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy (3) F
AEM 3250 Business Planning Process for New Ventures (4) F, S
AEM 3280/HADM 4143 Innovation and Dynamic Management (3) F
AEM 3340 Women, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (1) F
AEM 3350 International Technology Marketing of Biotechnology (3) S
AEM 3380 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Problem Solvers (4) F, Su
AEM 3381 Social Entrepreneurship Field Study (need AEM 4382 too) (1) F, S
AEM 3382 Social Enterprise Development (need AEM 4381 too) (1) S
AEM 3385 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum: Anabel’s Grocery (3) F
AEM 3430 Principles of Supply Chain Management (3) F
AEM 4190 Strategic Thinking (3) S
AEM 4380 Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Ventures (1.5) S
AEM 4390 Technology Strategy (1.5) S
AEM 4485 Economics of Food and Malnutrition (3) S
AEM 4580 The Economics and Psychology of Sustainable Business (3) F
AEM 4650 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation (3) S
AEM 4660 Market Dynamics, Computer Simulation and Modeling (1.5) F, S
AEM 4940 Undergraduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management (1-4) F, S, Su
BME 5950 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering (2) F, S
ECON 3720/PAM 4370 The Economics of Health Care Markets (3) F
HADM 2250 Finance (3) F, S
HE 4060 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: The Culture of Medicine and Public Health (3) Su
HE 4080 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: Community and Public Service (3) Su
HE 4090 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: Finance, Business, Law, and Other Settings (3) Su
HE 4902 Professional Practice and the World of Medicine (5) F, S
ILROB 6260 Managing Diversity: Policies and Practices (4) F
NBA 5070 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers (3) F, S
NBA 6080 Innovation in Pharma/Biotech: The Challenge of Change (1.5) S
NBA 6720 Family and Privately Held Firms: Financial and Managerial Perspectives (1.5) S
NCC 5540 Managing and Leading in Organizations (3) F, S
NCC 5560 Managerial Finance (3) F, S
PAM 2350 The U.S. Health Care System (3) F
PAM 3110 Pharmaceutical Management and Policy (3) F
PAM 3280/DSOC 3280 Fundamentals of Population Health (3) F
PAM 3670 Economics and Environmental Policy (3) S
PAM 3780 Comparing Health Care Systems Around the World (3) S
PAM 3870/PAM 5870 Economic Evaluations in Health Care Markets (3) S
PAM 4370/ECON 3720 The Economics of Health Care Markets (3)F F
PAM 5630 Health Care Financial Management II (3) F

Transfer Credit

The curriculum committee must approve transfer credit or course equivalency for the minor before you take the course. 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.

The following information must be included in the syllabus:

  • Mode of instruction
  • Number of course credits
  • Meeting times/hours
  • Final exam schedule
  • List of topics covered

After submission, the committee will review your request and get back to you with an approval or denial within ten business days.

A course is acceptable for transfer credit only 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.


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