Genetics - BS

Curriculum in Genetics is administered by the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Genetics is one of the most exciting, rapidly expanding areas in the life sciences. More than an independent discipline, it has become the basis for understanding many aspects of medical and agricultural systems, animal and plant diseases, and even animal behavior. Developments in molecular genetics have provided biotechnologies that will dramatically affect our lives from the improved diagnosis of human disease, to the production of viral-resistant crops, to environmental cleanup.

The undergraduate curriculum in genetics allows the study of several different aspects of genetics, including population genetics, human genetics and genetic engineering. The genetics major is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced studies in all disciplines related to life sciences from medicine/veterinary medicine to genetic engineering. This basic science curriculum also has enough flexibility to allow a student to prepare for such diverse careers as forensics, medicine, business or law.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GENE 101/BICH 101 Perspectives in Biochemistry and Genetics 1
MATH 151
Engineering Mathematics I
or Analytic Geometry and Calculus
4
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
MATH 152
Engineering Mathematics II
or Calculus
4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
University Core Curriculum 2 6
Free elective 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
BICH 404 Biochemical Calculations 2
BICH 440 Biochemistry I 3 3
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
GENE 491 Research 1
STAT 302 Statistical Methods 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BICH 441 Biochemistry II 3
GENE 412 Population and Ecological Genetics 3
GENE 431/BICH 431 Molecular Genetics 3
GENE 491 Research 1
Genetics elective 4 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 4
GENE 491 Research 1
GENE 432/BICH 432
Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
or Biochemical Techniques I
2
Genetics elective 4 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
GENE 491 Research 5 1
Genetics elective 4 3
University Core Curriculum 2 6
Free electives 1 5
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Students must make a grade of C or better in all major coursework used to satisfy the degree plan.