Microbiology, Minor

Program Code: MICRB_UMNR

Program Description

The minor in Microbiology is a collection of required and elective courses that:

  1. provides a limited but sound foundation in the discipline,
  2. requires students to develop reasonable expertise in handling and characterizing microorganisms, and
  3. permits students to emphasize some subdiscipline of microbiology in which they may have a particular interest.

The minor specifies the introductory lecture and laboratory courses in microbiology and one course each in immunology and cell biology. A minimum of two laboratory courses exposes students to basic and experimental/applied techniques. Sufficient room exists within the minor for selection of two or three elective courses at the advanced level that may emphasize a specialty area of the discipline such as virology or microbial genetics. Students who complete the minor have a sufficient background to pursue positions in industry that require an appreciable expertise in microbiology.

What is Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms and how they interact with other organisms and the environment. Topics in microbiology include how microbes benefit and harm human health, the role of microbes in the environment, and how microbes can be used in medicine, agriculture, and engineering.

You Might Like This Program If...

You don't have time for a Microbiology degree but are interested in increasing your knowledge of the subject.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 24

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
MICRB 251Molecular and Cell Biology I3
MICRB 410Principles of Immunology3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MICRB 421WLaboratory of General and Applied Microbiology2-3
or MICRB 422 Medical Microbiology Laboratory
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 4-5 credits of 400-level MICRB courses 14-5

BMB 442, MICRB 408, MICRB 496 and MICRB 497 may not be used to fulfill the requirements for the minor.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Jennifer Keefer
Academic Adviser
Address 1: 239 Ritenour Building
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