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Expand your studies with investigations into genetics across programs such as animal science, plant science and pathology, cell biology and neuroscience and microbiology.

Genetics – Minor

The Genetics minor at Montana State provides students with a focused experience in microbial, plant and animal genetics and permits exploration of specialties ranging from bioinformatics through molecular, evolutionary and quantitative genetics. The program opens doors for extensive undergraduate research for its students and offers opportunities to work in state-of-the-art labs with some of the nation’s leading researchers.





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Comprehensive Knowledge
Courses for the genetics minor come from biology, animal and plant science, pre-medicine, virology and evolution, among other specialties.      

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University of the Yellowstone
Apply what you learn and conduct research in the varied environments of Montana with Yellowstone National Park just an hour from campus.

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Make an Immediate Impact
Genetics students conduct research and produce publications within their undergraduate careers.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Genetics students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Animal Science
  • Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Veterinary Science

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.