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 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GENE 101/BICH 101 Perspectives in Biochemistry and Genetics 1
MATH 151
Engineering Mathematics I
or Calculus I
University Core Curriculum 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing 3
MATH 152
Engineering Mathematics II
or Calculus II
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
GENE 302 Principles of Genetics 3
GENE 312 Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory 1
PHYS 202 College Physics 4
STAT 212 Principles of Statistics II 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
BICH 409 Principles of Biochemistry 2 3
BIOL 351 Fundamentals of Microbiology 4
GENE 491 Research 2
STAT 404 Statistical Computing 3
University Core Curriculum 1 3
General elective 3 2
 Semester Credit Hours17
GENE 412 Population, Quantitative and Ecological Genetics 3
GENE 431/BICH 431 Molecular Genetics 3
GENE 491 Research 5 2
University Core Curriculum 1 6
Genetics elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
BICH 450/BIOL 450 Genomics 4
GENE 419/BICH 419 Computational Techniques for Evolutionary Analysis 3
GENE 432/BICH 432
Laboratory in Molecular Genetics
or Biochemical Techniques I
University Core Curriculum 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
University Core Curriculum 1 6
Genetics elective 4 3
General elective 3 5
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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