Minor in Applied and
Environmental Microbiology

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The minor in Applied and Environmental Microbiology is designed to introduce students to the beneficial and harmful roles of microorganisms in a variety of diverse environments including plants, animals, soil, food, air, and water. Emphasis is given to the importance of microorganisms in such applied areas as public health, plant disease, pollution and pollution abatement, biological control of pests, bio-deterioration, and ecology.

Total number of required hours: 15 hours with a minimum letter grade of C in each course and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Required courses:

  • AEM 341 General Microbiology (4 hr.), and
  • PPTH 401 General Plant Pathology (4 hr.).

Minimum of seven hours selected from the following:

  • AEM 401 Environmental Microbiology (4 hr.),
  • AEM 408 Applied Water Microbiology (3 hr.),
  • AEM 420 Soil Microbiology (3 hr.),
  • AEM 445 Food Microbiology (3 hr.),
  • AEM 449 Food Microbiology Lab (1 hr.),
  • AEM 493 Special Topics in Environmental Microbiology (*1-4 hr.),
  • AEM 495 Independent Study (1-3 hr.),
  • AEM 497 Research (1-3 hr.),
  • PPTH 409 Nematology (3 hr.),
  • PPTH 470 Forest Pest Management (3 hr.),
  • PPTH 493 Special Topics in Plant Pathology (*1-4 hr.),
  • PPTH 503 Mycology (4-hr.).

*Maximum of four hours of special topics courses (AEM 493 or PPTH 493) can be applied toward the 15 hour total and requires approval of the division director.