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Minors

Have a major that you love but still have to study biology? Check out the different minors offered by the department and see how much you can learn!

Microbiology

Microbiologists study microscopic organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa to discover cures for diseases, increase growth and nutrition for our food supply, and safeguard the quality of life we enjoy. There are billions of species of microbes on our planet, and many different types of microbiologists that study them:

  • Biochemists: Study the chemistry and DNA of living organisms.
  • Biotechnologists: Use living organisms to make useful products.
  • Environmental Scientists: Develop solutions for environmental problems and how chemistry, biology, and geophysical activity effect the environment.
  • Geneticists: Study the science of genes, heredity, and how organisms inherit and transmit genetic information.
  • Immunologists: Study the immune system and how our body defends itself against invading microbes.
  • Virologists: Study viruses and how they infect our cells.

 

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Molecular Biology

Molecular biologists study the fundamental functions of the Central Dogma of biology: how information stored, replicated and even mutated in DNA is regulated, repaired, persevered and transported via RNA into functional proteins, processes and system; and how those genes and proteins regulate every aspect of living organisms. From sequencing whole human genomes and precise genetic engendering of human genes to how environmental factors change (epi)genetic information passed through generations, molecular biologists use cutting edge technologies to understand the essentials of life.

 

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