Genetics and Biotechnology - Bachelor of Science in Genetics
Codirectors of the Program:
Professor, Michele Nishiguchi, Department Head, Biology
Professor, Rolston St. Hilaire, Department Head, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Professors Bailey, Bosland, Cramer, Hanley, Houde, Milligan, Nishiguchi, O’Connell, Ray, St. Hilaire, Sengupta-Gopalan, Serrano, C. Shuster, Smith, Unguez, Zhang; Associate Professors Curtiss, James, M. Shuster, Xu Assistant Professors Indriolo
Have you ever wondered why your hair or eye color, facial features, or the build of your body resembles that of your parents, grandparents, or other close relatives? What factors are responsible for generating all the variety of colors and shapes of flowers, trees, and different types of animals? If these questions have crossed your mind, then you have been thinking about Genetics; the science of heredity. Genetics is studied at the DNA/gene/genome level (molecular genetics, biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics), the level of organisms (classical or Mendelian genetics), and within/among populations of individuals (population and quantitative genetics).
One of the most significant scientific accomplishments in history has been the use of genomic technologies to recently identify most human genes, as well as, most genes for a number of other animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria. Geneticists now have tremendous opportunities to use molecular, biochemical, mathematical, and computer science-based (bioinformatics) approaches to investigate how these genes determine observable traits. This information can be used to significantly advance human health and well being, and to meet the food and fiber needs of the world.
A degree in Genetics can provide excellent preparation for careers in academic research and technical support, teaching, agriculture, the biotechnology industry, medicine and health sciences, forensic science, technical writing, and sales or marketing. It is also an excellent background for students wishing to enter a graduate program, medical school, and veterinary school.
Undergraduates in the Genetics program must earn a grade of C- or better to receive credit for Departmental and Non-Departmental required courses. Within the Departmental Required courses, Tier I courses must be taken by all majors, for a total of 31 credit hours*. To accommodate differing interests among students, a series of Tier II courses comprising 9-11 credits are provided. Ethical considerations of genetic based technologies will be infused throughout the curriculum, with a focused course on Science and Ethics in the Tier III portion of the core curriculum.
*Note: This includes BIOL 111G which also counts as a General Education elective.
Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, other Non-Departmental requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.
|General Education Requirements|
|Area I: Communications||10|
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
|Area II: Mathematics||4|
|Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 2||4|
|Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences||11|
|General Chemistry I 3||4|
|General Chemistry II 3||4|
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 1
|Area V: Humanities 1||3|
|Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 1||3|
|General Education Elective|
|BIOL 111G||Natural History of Life (Tier I Requirement also)||3|
|Viewing a Wider World 4||6|
|Tier I Requirements|
|BIOL 211G||Cellular and Organismal Biology||3|
|BIOL 211GL||Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL 302||Molecular Biology Techniques Laboratory||3|
|or BCHE 494||Biochemical Genetics Laboratory|
|BIOL 377||Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 446||Bioinformatics and NCBI Database||3|
|or GENE 452||Applied Bioinformatics|
|or A ST 311||Statistical Applications|
|GENE 110||Experimental Systems in Genetics||1|
|GENE 305 L||Genetic Techniques||1|
|GENE 315||Molecular Genetics||3|
|GENE 320||Hereditary and Population Genetics||3|
|GENE 440||Genetics Seminar||1|
|Tier II Requirements||9-11|
|Select one course from each of the three following categories.|
1. Molecular and Applied Genetics: AGRO 462, ANSC 423, BIOL 442, BIOL 475, BIOL 478, BIOL 488, BIOL 489, GENE 486, GENE 488
2. Physiology: ANSC 421, BIOL 354, BIOL 381, BIOL 385, BIOL 451, BIOL 474, BIOL 485, EPWS 314, HORT 471
3. Organism Structure: ANSC 370, BIOL 311, BIOL 313, BIOL 322, BIOL 382, BIOL 465, BIOL 470, BIOL 490, EPWS 302, EPWS 373
|Tier III Courses||3|
|Select one from the following:|
|Genetics and Society||3|
|Science, Ethics and Society||3|
|Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)|
|CHEM 313||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 314||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 315||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||2|
|BCHE 395||Biochemistry I||3|
|BCHE 396||Biochemistry II||3|
|PHYS 221G||General Physics for Life Sciences I||3|
|or PHYS 211G||General Physics I|
|PHYS 222G||General Physics for Life Sciences II||3|
|or PHYS 212G||General Physics II|
|Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 5||20-18|
|Select electives to bring total to 120 credits including 48 upper division credits.|
HON courses 6
See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
MATH 192G is required for the degree but students may need to take prerequisite courses before entering MATH 192G.
CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I is an acceptable substitution for CHEM 111G General Chemistry I, and CHEM 116 Principles of Chemistry II is an acceptable substitution for CHEM 112G General Chemistry II.
Please note that neither CHEM 115 nor CHEM 116 will satisfy the Area III Laboratory Science requirement and students may need a second Social/Behavioral Sciences course to satisfy the Area III/IV General Education requirement.
See the Viewing a Wider World section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The elective credits in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may vary based on the degree. Students may need to complete more or less courses on a case-by-case basis and each student should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.
Students interested in graduating with University Honors should consult with an advisor to select 18 credits of relevant Honors (HON) courses.
Second Language Requirement
For the Bachelor of Science in Genetics with a major in Genetics and Biotechnology there is no second language requirement for the degree.