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Microbial Engineering Minor

BioTechnology Institute
College of Biological Sciences
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Contact Information
M.S. Program in Microbial Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1479 Gortner Avenue, Suite 140, Saint Paul, MN 55108 (612-624-6774; fax 612-625-5780)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2018. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 10
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Microbial engineering is an interdisciplinary program that combines an understanding of basic principles in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, and related sciences. Students are trained in the industrial application of microorganisms, cultured cells, and immunologic agents. Students learn both modern basic microbiology and biological engineering. Courses may be chosen from specific fields including biochemistry, microbiology, food science, genetics and cell biology, or pharmacognosy. The program is coordinated by the BioTechnology Institute (BTI) and involves faculty from 10 departments and 5 institutes of the University. Note: The minor in microbial engineering is offered at the doctoral level only.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Master's-level Minor
Take at least 10 credits, chosen in consultation with the Microbial Engineering director of graduate studies.
Doctoral-level Minor
Take at least 12 credits, chosen in consultation with the Microbial Engineering director of graduate studies.
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