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.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 111Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GENE 101/BICH 101Perspectives in Biochemistry and Genetics 1
Free elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 102Fundamentals of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 112Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing 3
Select one of the following: 4
Engineering Mathematics I  
Analytic Geometry and Calculus  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 4
Engineering Mathematics II  
Calculus  
PHYS 201College Physics 4
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 228Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
PHYS 202College Physics 4
University Core Curriculum 26
Free elective 11
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
BICH 404Biochemical Calculations 2
BICH 440Biochemistry I 33
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
STAT 302Statistical Methods 3
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BICH 441Biochemistry II 3
GENE 412Population and Ecological Genetics 3
Select one of the following: 2
Laboratory in Molecular Genetics  
Biochemical Techniques I  
GENE 491Research 1
Genetics elective 43
Free elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Microbiology  
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Laboratory
 
GENE 431/BICH 431Molecular Genetics 3
GENE 491Research 2
Genetics elective 43
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GENE 491Research 1
Genetics elective 43
University Core Curriculum 26
Free electives 15
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Often used for a minor degree. Students intending to pursue an advanced degree in genetics are strongly encouraged to use some free electives for additional upper division courses in BICH, BIOL, CHEM, GENE, MATH or STAT.

2

To be selected from the University Core Curriculum. Of the 21 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from language, philosophy and culture, 3 from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, 6 from POLS 206 and POLS 207. The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses which may be met by courses satisfying the language, philosophy and culture, creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, government/political science and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

3

Before registration in BICH 440, students much have attained a grade of C or better in each of these courses: CHEM 227, CHEM 228, CHEM 237, CHEM 238.

4

Hours to be selected from any 400-level course in GENE with approval of student’s academic advisor. GENE 432/BICH 432 or GENE 491 may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

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