Genetics Minor

Genetics is a fundamental topic in biology and an important component of many biological disciplines.  Montana State University offers a wide variety of genetics courses taught by faculty in five departments (Animal and Range Science, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Ecology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology). A Genetics Minor is available to students majoring in these departments.

In order to earn a Genetics Minor, a student must take 13 units of required courses and 15 units of elective courses (see below) and must earn a grade of at least C- in every course.

Students interested in this minor should consult the genetics advisor within each department (see table below) to decide whether the Genetics Minor is appropriate for them and to help select specific courses. Course requirements for the Genetics Minor are consistent across all departments.

Required Courses
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems4
or BIOB 260 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOB 375General Genetics3
or BIOH 320 Biomedical Genetics
BIOB 480Conservation Genetics3
or BIOB 484 Population Genetics
STAT 216QIntroduction to Statistics3
or BIOB 318 Biometry
Elective Courses
Choose 15 credits from the following:15
Plant Breeding & Genetics (3)
Principles of Animal Breeding and Genetics (3)
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Methods (3)
Evolution (3)
Molecular Evolution (3)
Plant Biotechnology (3)
Gene Construction (4)
Conservation Genetics (3 if not taken as a requirement)
Population Genetics (3 if not taken as a requirement)
Genes and Cancer (3)
Molecular Medicine (3)
Gene Expression Lab: From Genes to Proteins to Cells (3)
Microbial Genetics (3)
Microbial Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution (3)
Microbial Physiology (3)
Research Mthds in Microbiology (4)
Plant Systematics (3)
Total Credits28

Requirements for Admission to Upper Division Courses in Biology

For admission to upper division (numbered 300 or higher) Biology (BIOB, BIOE, BIOO, BIOM) and Fish and Wildlife Management (WILD) courses, students must have completed at least 45 total university credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses and have also earned a "C-"or better for any prerequisite courses.  Limited exceptions may be made by consent of instructor. Any student who obtains enrollment in an upper division biology course without satisfying these requirements will be required to withdraw from the course.Specific courses may have additional prerequisites.