Doctoral Minor Requirements

A student may elect to choose a minor with the permission of his or her doctoral committee. A minor consists of no fewer than 15 graduate credits of integrated or articulated work in one field related to, but different from, that of the major.  A minor normally may be taken only in one of the approved graduate degree programs offered at Penn State, or in a formal graduate minor program that has been approved by the Graduate Council. The minor field chosen must have the approval of the departments or committees responsible for both the major program and the minor field. At least one faculty from the minor field must be on the candidate's doctoral committee.

The following courses may be taken towards obtaining a doctoral minor :

  • BGEN 551 Genomics (3)
  • MCIBS 554 Foundations in Data Driven Life Sciences (3)
  • STAT 555 Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data (3)
  • BGEN 541 Critical Analysis of Bioinformatics and Genomics Research Topics (3)
  • BMMB 852 Applied Bioinformatics (2)
  • STAT 500 Applied Statistics (3) or BIOL 405 Molecular Evolution (3)