The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Doctoral Minors and Concurrent MS Programs


Trainees may consider doing a minor in Bioinformatics and Genomics Graduate Program Option or in Statistics

Guidelines for a Doctoral Minor

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.

Bioinformatics and Genomics Graduate Program Option

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

BMMB 551 Genomics (3)

BMMB 554 Foundations in Data Driven Life Sciences (3)

STAT 555 Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data (3)

MCIBS 541 Critical Analysis of Bioinformatics and Genomics Research Topics (1 X 2)

BMMB 852 Applied Bioinformatics (2)

STAT 500 Applied Statistics (3) or BIOL 405 Molecular Evolution (3)


The Graduate Minor in Statistics provides a broad perspective in the fundamentals that will demonstrate capability in statistics and add depth to study in many disciplines. The Department of Statistics has approved three options for a Graduate Minor in Statistics described here .


Masters of Applied Statistics

Students may also pursue concurrent Masters program in Applied Statistics by completing the requirements described here.