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About this Program

Department Information

The Department of Microbiology and Cell Science is committed to excellence in education, research and service to the community.The curriculum provides an excellent preparation for students who wish to enter the workforce or continue their education in professional programs such as medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary programs, graduate school or public health degrees.  B.S. degrees are offered through both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Combination degrees are available.


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This minor is open to all students who have completed BSC 2010 and MCB 3020 or MCB 3023, and who meet course prerequisites.

It is particularly appropriate for students majoring in animal sciences, biology, microbiology and cell science, plant pathology, public health, and zoology, and for those interested in professional programs in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine.

Allowed Overlap with MCY or MCB major

Microbiology and Cell Science majors should meet with their academic advisors before applying to this minor to plan a program of study. Students must complete a minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.


BSC 2010Integrated Principles of Biology 13
MCB 3020Basic Biology of Microorganisms3
or MCB 3023 Principles of Microbiology

Required Courses

Select 3 courses:9
Bacterial Pathogens (Fall only) 1
Probiotics (Spring only) 1
General Virology (Spring only) 1
Special Topics in Microbiology and Cell Science (Spring only) 1
Immunology (Spring only) 1
Human Parasitology (Fall only) 1
Approved elective3
Total Credits12

Approved Elective

Any of the Required Courses can be taken to satisfy the elective if not already taken as a Required Course

PLP 4222CIntroduction to Plant Virology (Summer only)3
PLP 4242CIntroduction to Plant Bacteriology (Spring only)3
PLP 4260CIntroduction to Plant Pathogenic Fungi (Spring only)3
SWS 4307Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens (Spring only) 13