The Microbiology Minor

The Department of Biological Sciences offers an undergraduate minor in Microbiology available to all baccalaureate degree students at North Carolina State University who are not majoring in Microbiology. The minor is especially appropriate for (but not limited to) students majoring in the biological or agricultural sciences, physical sciences or science education.

The minor requires 15 semester hours including 8 hours of required courses and 7 hours from a group of restricted electives. Any prerequisite courses are in addition to these courses. A grade of C or better is required for all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements.

Required courses :

  • MB 351 General Microbiology (3cr)
  • MB 352 General Microbiology lab (1cr) OR MB 354 Inquiry-guided Microbiology lab (1cr)
  • BCH 351 General Biochemistry (4cr) OR BCH 451 Principles of Biochemistry (4cr)

Restricted elective courses :

  • MB 405/FS 405 Food Microbiology 3 cr.
  • MB 406/FS 406 Food Microbiology lab 1 cr.
  • BIT 410 Manipulations of Recombinant DNA 4 cr.
  • MB 411 Medical Microbiology 3 cr.
  • MB 412 Medical Microbiology Lab 1 cr.
  • MB 414 Microbial Metabolic Regulation 3 cr.
  • MB 420/BEC 420 Microbial Cell Transformations 2 cr.
  • MB 441 Immunology 3 cr.
  • MB 451 Microbial Diversity 3 cr.
  • MB 452 Microbial Diversity Lab 2 cr.
  • MB 455 Microbial Biotechnology 3 cr.
  • MB 461 Introduction to Molecular Virology 3 cr.
  • BIT 466 Animal Cell Culture 2 cr.
  • MB 490 Seminar in Microbiology 1 cr.
  • MB 492 Ext./Internal Learning Experience 1-6 cr.
  • MB 493 Special Problems in Microbiology 1-6 cr.
  • MB 495 Special Topics in Microbiology 1-3 cr.
  • ALS 498H* Honors Teaching 1-3 cr.
  • ALS 499H* Honors Research 1-3 cr.
  • MB 532 Soil Microbiology 4 cr.

* 492 and 493 courses in other program may be approvable for substitution if they are microbiology-related.
** With prior approval of the minor adviser

Adding the minor :

Any student wishing to pursue this minor should contact the Director of Microbiology Programs (Dr. James Brown, room 4550A, Thomas Hall) who serves as the advisor for the minor. The adviser will consult with the student on specific course selections, and will admit students to the minor.

Completing the minor:

Students apply to graduate with the minor in MyPack at the same time they apply to graduate in their major. The student's minor adviser will review the student's record and certify that the student has completed the requirements for the minor. After graduation, the student's transcript will include the statement "Minor in Microbiology."

For more information:

The Director of Microbiology Programs and minor advisor is:

Dr. James W. Brown
Professor of Biological Sciences
124 David Clark Labs