University Catalog 2023-2024

Microbiology (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

A minor in Microbiology is available to undergraduates majoring in any field, but may be especially appropriate for students in biological or agricultural sciences, physical sciences or science education. This minor will be useful to students who want to strengthen their understanding of either basic cellular processes or applied areas such as the role of microorganisms in industry, agriculture or health.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to:


The student’s minor advisor will review the student’s record and certify that the student has completed the requirements for the minor by signing the “Application for Minor” form. Copies of the signed form will be forwarded to the student’s major department and the Dean’s office of the college in which the student is completing the requirements for a major. Upon certification, the student’s transcript will include the statement “Minor in Microbiology.” The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Jonathan Olson
Biological Sciences
4544B Thomas Hall

Plan Requirements

  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better will be required for all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements
Required Courses8
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
Inquiry-Guided Microbiology Lab
Principles of Biochemistry
General Biochemistry
Elective Courses7
Upstream Biomanufacturing Laboratory
Fermentation of Recombinant Microorganisms
cGMP Fermentation Operations
Phage Hunters
Phage Genomics
Manipulation of Recombinant DNA
Animal Cell Culture Techniques
Research Experience
Special Topics in Biological Sciences
Food Microbiology
Food Microbiology Lab
Medical Microbiology
Medical Microbiology Laboratory
Microbial Metabolic Regulation
Fundamentals of Microbial Cell Biotransformations
Microbial Diversity
Microbial Diversity Lab
Microbial Biotechnology
Molecular Virology
External Learning Experience 1
Soil Microbiology
Total Hours15