Microbiology – Online Minor

Oregon State University’s minor in microbiology, offered by OSU’s College of Science, provides you with a fundamental understanding of the discipline of microbiology and its laboratory techniques. You can select a general area of study 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 or research. It’s also a strong foundation if you’re preparing for professional or graduate school.

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.

Adding a microbiology minor is a good companion to other Oregon State Ecampus online degree programs, such as:

  • Natural resources and environmental sciences: Gain a deeper understanding of the historical relationship of nature and culture to identify how we can preserve our current environment.
  • Agricultural sciences: The microbiology minor is a good fit as an area of focus for this customizable program. Create your own area of expertise to fit your career goals.  
  • Fisheries and Wildlife - Pursue your goal of maintaining a balanced ecosystem for species and habitat in the wild.