Genetics Major (B.S.)

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Genetics

Students majoring in genetics take seven Foundation courses, six Bioscience Core courses, four Genetics Core courses and four Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. In addition, all other University requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A minimum grade of C-minus or above must be earned in all courses offered by the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Foundation Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences 34
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4
1

 CHEM 403 fulfills the Physical Science Discovery requirement

2

Students applying to health profession schools need a full year of English, a full year of Introductory Biology, and a full year of Organic Chemistry. ENGL 502 or 503 should be taken in addition to ENGL 401; CHEM 651/653 and CHEM 652/654 should be taken in place of CHEM 545/546. See Pre-Professional Health Program Advising.

3

 MATH 424B fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 44
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMCB 605Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
4

BIOL 411 fulfills the Biological Science Discovery requirement, Discovery Laboratory requirement, and the Discovery Inquiry requirement

Genetics Core Courses

GEN 401Professional Perspectives in Genetics1
GEN 606Genetics Lab4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
Select one of the following:
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 55
GEN 771Molecular Genetics 64
5

Students who take GEN 704 to fulfill the Genetics Core requirement may also count it toward their Laboratory Techniques requirement IF they take one additional Bioscience Major Elective course. GEN 704 can count as a Genetic Core course or a Bioscience Major Elective course but not both.

6

GEN 771 can be used as a Genetic Core course or Bioscience Major Elective but not both.

Major Electives

A total of four unique major electives is required: one course from the laboratory-based major elective group, one course from the population genetics or evolutionary genetics major elective group, two courses from the bioscience major elective group.

Laboratory-Based Major Electives (Pick One)

GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 55
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 774Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology4
GEN 795Investigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum) 71-4
GEN 795WInvestigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum) 71-4
GEN 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum) 71-4
GEN 799HHonors Senior Thesis 81-4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum) 71-4
7

Must be a laboratory-based project with a genetics focus; submit approval form prior to beginning the course

Population or Evolutionary Genetics Major Electives (Pick One)

GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 772Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4

Bioscience Major Electives (Pick Two)

GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes5
GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 712Introduction to Programming for Bioinformatics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4
GEN 771Molecular Genetics4
GEN 772Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4
GEN 774Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology4
GEN 795Investigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum)1-4
GEN 795WInvestigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum)1-4
GEN 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
GEN 799HHonors Senior Thesis1-4
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
BIOL 702Techniques in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry4
BIOL 704Plant-Microbe Interactions3
BIOL 711Applied Biostatistics II4
BIOL 752Mycology4
BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 783Proteomics for Biological Discoveries4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMS 650Molecular Diagnostics4
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 705Immunology3
BMS 706Virology3
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4
NR 706Soil Ecology4
ZOOL 625
ZOOL 626
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Laboratory
5
ZOOL 690Evolution4
ZOOL 777Neurobiology and Behavior4

Approved GEN Capstone Courses

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, a created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other approved student activity). The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled once a student has senior standing in the major.  Submit a Capstone Approval form prior to beginning the experience.

GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes5
GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience (4 credit minimum; classroom presentation required)1-4
GEN 795Investigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum) 81-4
GEN 795WInvestigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum) 81-4
GEN 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum) 81-4
GEN 799HHonors Senior Thesis 81-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum) 81-4
8

Capstone research project must have a genetics focus

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Genetics

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GEN 401 Professional Perspectives in Genetics 1
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits17
Spring
GEN 606 Genetics Lab 4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
Major Elective (Bioscience) 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
Discovery course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits17
Spring
Major Elective (Population or Evolutionary Genetics) 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Genetics Core course 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (Lab Techniques) 4-5
GEN 711 Genomics and Bioinformatics 4
Major Elective (Bioscience) 4-5
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16-18
Spring
BMCB 605 Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits12
 Total Credits128-130