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.
*9 AEM credits required


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

Core Requirements

Core Requirements by Subject Area
Financial Accounting Must complete one of the following:
AEM 2210 Financial Accounting
HADM 2230 Financial Accounting Principles
NCC 5500 Financial Accounting
Management/Marketing 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 1000-2000 level courses.
Courses in entrepreneurship
AEM 1220 Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences: Past, Present, and Future
AEM 2220 Foundational Perspectives and Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship
AEM 3110 Design and Innovation
AEM 3249 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy
AEM 3250 Business Planning Process for New Ventures
AEM 3251 The Business Laboratory and New Venture Management
AEM 3380 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Problem Solvers
AEM 3385 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum: Anabel’s Grocery
AEM 4380 Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Ventures
AEM 4390 Technology Strategy
Courses specific to human/vet medicine and life science business careers
AEM 1600 The Business of Modern Medicine
AEM 2300/ECON 2300 International Trade and Finance
AEM 4485 Economics of Food and Malnutrition
BME 5950 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
ECON 3720/PAM 3270 The Economics of Health Care Markets
HE 4060 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: The Culture of Medicine and Public Health
HE 4080 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: Community and Public Service
HE 4090 Fieldwork in Diversity and Professional Practice: Finance, Business, Law and Other Settings
NBA 5070 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
PAM 2350 The U.S. Health Care System
PAM 3100 Pharmaceutical Management and Policy
PAM 3280/DSOC 3280 Fundamentals of Population Health
PAM 3670 Economics and Environmental Policy
PAM 3780 Comparing Health Care Systems Around the World
PAM 3870/PAM 5870 Economic Evaluations in Health Care Markets
PAM 4370/ECON 3720 The Economics of Health Care Markets
PAM 5630 Health Care Finanical Management
Courses to deepen understanding of management, marketing, accounting, finance useful to entrepreneurs/practitioners
AEM 2000 Contemporary Controversies in the Global Economy
AEM 2050 Introduction to Agricultural and Development Finance
AEM 2241 Finance
AEM 3020 Farm Business Management
AEM 3120 Branding and Brand Management
AEM 3230 Managerial Accounting
AEM 3260 Cooperative Business Management *(formerly AEM 2230)
AEM 4610 Business Processes, Analytics and Enterprise Systems
AEM 4615 Digital Platform Strategy
HADM 2250 Finance
ILROB 6260 Managing Diversity: Policies and Practices
NBA 6720 Family and Privately Held Firms: Financial and Managerial Perspectives
NCC 5540 Managing and Leading in Organizations
NCC 5560 Managerial Finance
Courses to add tools/frameworks that are useful to entrepreneurs/practioners
AEM 2011 Spreadsheet Modeling for Management and Economics
AEM 3080 Ethical Issues in Business Management and Organizations
AEM 3310 An Introduction to Business Regulation
AEM 4190 Strategic Thinking
AEM 4580 The Economics and Psychology of Sustainable Business


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