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Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors


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.

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.

Eligible Students

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:

Declaring the Minor

Please visit the Business Minors website to enroll in the minor. Students may sign up starting their freshman year and must declare their intent to minor by their sixth semester.
To complete the Declaration of Intent, select the current and future courses to fulfill each category in the minor.

Completing the Minor

Courses and grades are self-reported by the student. Once all coursework has been met, students should certify completion. The Minors office will verify completion and submit for the minor to be listed on the student’s transcript.

Dropping the Minor

There is no penalty for not completing or dropping the minor. To drop the minor, students should select “Drop Minor” from their Minors profile.

Transfer Credit

Transfer requests must be submitted and reviewed PRIOR to taking the course. The request will be reviewed by the curriculum committee and the Minors office will respond with an approval/denial within ten business days.

Please submit the Transfer Request, located on the Minors website. A full copy of the course syllabus is required and must include the following information: mode of instruction, institution, instructor, number of course credits, meeting times/hours, exam schedule and list of topics covered.

A course is acceptable for transfer credit only if it is listed on the student’s college transcript. Students should check with their college registrar for specific policies about transfer credit before taking a course outside of Cornell University.

Minor Requirements

Pre-Requisite Courses:

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better if taking for a letter grade.
  • Taking a pre-requisite course S/U is permitted.
  • AP credit or transfer credit is acceptable for the pre-requisite course as long as the course is listed on the student’s transcript.
  • Online courses are acceptable for pre-requisite courses as long as the course is listed on the student’s transcript and must be submitted for approval prior to taking the course.

Core Courses:

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • At least 9 credits must be taken in the Dyson School with the AEM course code.
  • If a core requirement is taken online, it must be a Cornell University online course to count toward the minor.
  • 1 core course from outside Cornell University may be applied toward the minor and must be submitted for approval prior to taking the course.

Course Requirements

To learn more about each course, click on Cornell’s Courses of Study (


Introductory Microeconomics Must complete one of the following:
AEM 1500 Intro to Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources
ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 3030 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
HADM 1410 Microeconomics for the Service Industry
PAM 2000 Intermediate Microeconomics


Introductory Macroeconomics Must complete one of the following:
ECON 1120 Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON 3040 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

Core Requirements

Financial Accounting Must complete one of the following:
AEM 2210 Financial Accounting
HADM 2230 Financial Accounting Principles
NCC 5500 Financial Accounting
Must complete one of the following:
AEM 1200 Introduction to Business Management
AEM 2400 Marketing
HADM 2410 Marketing Principles
ILRID 1700 Intro to Organizations and Management
NCC 5530 Marketing Management
At Least 6 Credits from the Following Courses: Only 3-credits can be from 100-200 level courses.
AEM 1220 Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences: Past, Present, and Future
AEM 1600 The Business of Modern Medicine
AEM 2011 Spreadsheet Modeling for Management and Economics
AEM 2220 Foundational Perspectives and Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
AEM 2241 Finance (Formerly AEM 2240)
AEM 3020 Farm Business Management
AEM 3249 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy
AEM 3251 The Business Laboratory and New Venture Management
AEM 3310 An Introduction to Business Regulation
AEM 3380 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Problem Solvers
AEM 4190 Strategic Thinking
AEM 4390 Technology Strategy
ECON 3720/PAM 4370 The Economics of Health Care Markets
HADM 2250 Finance
NCC 5560 Managerial Finance
PAM 2350 The U.S. Health Care System
PAM 3110 Pharmaceutical Management and Policy


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