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Study the structure, function, and interaction of microbes through the microbiology minor at the University of Minnesota. 

Microbiology minor

Microbiology is a fascinating and important discipline that integrates information from many majors in the biological sciences. Beginning in the Fall semester of 2011, CBS will offer a 14 credit microbiology minor. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to declare the minor. This minor is available to both CBS and non-CBS students. If you have taken VBS 2032 (or a non-majors microbiology course at another institution) and wish to pursue this minor, please contact Dr. Leslie Schiff by email ( Transfer credit will only be accepted for the General Microbiology component of the minor.

To declare the minor, please complete the Add/Drop a CBS Minor form. It will be added to the records of students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA effective for Fall 2011.

Biology and Microbiology students are not eligible to declare this minor.



  • BIOL 1009 or 
  • BIOL 1951/1951H, BIOL 1961, and BIOL 2003/2003H 


  • CHEM 1081, CHEM 1065, CHEM 1082, CHEM 1086, CHEM 2081, CHEM 2085 or 
  • CHEM 1061, CHEM 1065, CHEM 1062, CHEM 1066, CHEM 2301 or
  • CHEM 1071H, CHEM 1075H, CHEM 1072H, CHEM 1076H, CHEM 2331H


  • CBS Students: MICB 3301 and BIOC 3022 or BIOC 4331 
  • Non CBS Students: MICB 3301 and BIOC 3021

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Leslie Schiff I