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Microbiology Minor

Microbiology Minor

The minor in microbiology provides you with a fundamental understanding of the field and acquire specialized microbiology lab, analytical, writing and communication skills. You can select a general study area or choose from specialized topics such as food microbiology, microbial genetics or human health.

Adding a minor in microbiology will pay career dividends for professionals in a variety of fields including food production, environmental science, medicine and public health, or research. It’s also a strong foundation if you’re preparing for professional or graduate school.

Students can choose from among more than 40 electives in microbiology, botany, biology and biohealth sciences in addition to core courses in general and introductory microbiology.

Ecampus microbiology minor

You can also complete the microbiology minor entirely online through the nation’s top-ranked Oregon State Ecampus.

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Benefits of the microbiology minor

With a minor in microbiology, you’ll gain competencies in the following areas:

  • Acquiring, articulating, retaining and applying specialized language and knowledge relevant to microbiology.
  • Acquiring and demonstrating competency in lab safety and in routine and specialized microbiological lab skills applicable to microbiological research or clinical methods, including accurately reporting observations and analysis.
  • Communicating scientific concepts, experimental results and analytical arguments clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

Sample courses

  • Microbial Influences on Human Health
  • The Human Microbiome
  • Virology
  • Parasitology

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