Montana State University
Department of Microbiology and Immunology > Microbiology > Genetics Minor and Microbiology Minor

Genetics Minor and Microbiology Minor

Genetics Minor

Genetics is one of the fundamental disciplines that supports the field of biology. The departments that contribute to genetics teaching and research collaborated to develop the Genetics Minor to provide students with a focused experience in microbial, plant and animal genetics and permit exploration of specialties ranging from bioinformatics through molecular, evolutionary and quantitative genetics. The Genetics Minor is available in the departments of Animal and Range Sciences, Cell Biology and Neurosciences, Computer Science, Ecology, Microbiology, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases (formerly Vet & Molecular Biology). Each participating department has a certifying officer for the Genetics Minor to help students decide whether this option is appropriate. Standards for the Genetics Minor are consistent across all participating departments.
A student must receive a grade of C- or better in all courses required for the minor. In consultation with the Genetics Advisor, the student will select a minimum of 16 credits from the list of elective courses.

What does the curriculum look like?


Microbiology Minor (Non-Teaching)

A Microbiology minor is available to provide interested students with an understanding of the microbial basis of health and disease and environmental microbiology. Eligibility for a minor in Microbiology requires 29 credits in Microbiology and supporting subjects. This minor will complement other majors for those pursuing graduate school and professional programs in medical, dental, veterinary, ecological, industrial, pharmaceutical and related areas. The minor will also strengthen the background of science majors who wish to become more competitive in the job market.

What does the curriculum look like?


Take one of the following: Credits
BIOM 103IN-Unseen Universe:Microbes 3
BIOM 250IN--Micro Hlth Sci:Infect Disease 3
Take one of the following:
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry 5
CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry 1 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
BIOM 360--General Microbiology 5
Microbiology Electives 13

Microbiology electives must be numbered 280 and above. A minimum of 9 credits total must be in courses numbered 300 and above. A maximum of 2 Undergraduate Research credits can be applied to the minor.