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
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.