The 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.
A B.S. in Genetics provides students with the necessary skills for success in graduate, medical, or professional school. Additionally, many of our graduates choose to enter the workforce, finding opportunities in various fields such as genetic counseling, research, and clinical genetics.
- Degree: B.S. Genetics
- Credit Hours: 120 total credit hours
Why I chose Genetics
I chose the Genetics program at A&M because it is a small program at a large university. Not many universities offer a Bachelor’s degree in genetics and the degree program at A&M allows you to follow many career paths in the future. I like that the Biochemistry/Genetics program is small. You get to know people in your classes early on and you will continue to take classes together as you go through the program. The faculty are great and always willing to help. Since the class sizes are fairly small, you have the opportunity to build a relationship with your professors that you may not necessarily get in other programs. I plan on earning a Masters in Genetic Counseling. By being in a research lab, I have developed technical laboratory and investigative skills. Research is an integral part of genetic counseling so I will be well prepared for graduate school.
-Rachael Meyer, Undergraduate
Undergraduate Minor Programs
A biochemistry or genetics minor is a great complement to other STEM degrees. Learn more here! Students seeking a minor must:
- Meet all minor course prerequisites.
- Obtain a grade of ‘C’ or better in all minor courses.
- Complete the appropriate minor form to have approved and signed by an advisor in our department.
- You must schedule an advising appointment to have the form processed.
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