Genetics is the science of information transfer from one generation to another. We learn the laws of inheritance in all creatures big and small, how they evolve and how they change. On the molecular level we learn about DNA and RNA, on the cellular level we discover what makes a cell cancerous, and on an organismal level we examine the reproductive habits of various organisms. Crucial principles include the structure, function, and transmission of genes. Laboratory techniques explore genetic engineering from the "inside." Genetics is crucial to all of biology, hence a genetics major has great flexibility. This is excellent preparation for advanced study in biological sciences, law, genetic counseling, and many health-related professions.
Points of Pride
- Large number of undergraduates involved in undergraduate research each semester
- Award-winning teachers are found throughout the curriculum – from the introductory lecture course to the capstone laboratory modules
- Graduates are highly respected by employers, graduate schools, and professional schools
- Students have many opportunities for co-curricular experiences such as serving as tutors or teaching interns