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 four departments (Animal and Range Science,  Ecology, Microbiology and Cell Biology, and Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology).

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 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
or BIOH 420 Molecular 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)
Plant Biotechnology (3)
Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics (3)
Gene Construction (4)
Genome Science and Gene Expression (5)
Conservation Genetics (3 if not taken as a requirement)
Population Genetics (3 if not taken as a requirement)
Human Developmental Biology (4)
Molecular 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)
Virology (3)
Microbial Physiology (3)
Research Mthds in Microbiology (4)
Plant Systematics (3)
Total Credits28