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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture


Genetics (GEN)

The interdepartmental program in genetics involves faculty from the departments of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, and Zoology. Undergraduates interested in genetics can pursue a minor (see requirements below) or can concentrate in genetics within majors such as biology, animal sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, plant biology, or zoology. Students interested in preparing for graduate work in genetics should contact the chairperson of the genetics program early in their undergraduate careers for advice on courses.

Genetics Minor
Completion of 20 credits from the courses listed below, with a grade of C- or better, is required for a minor in genetics.  At least two courses should be selected from each of the categories.  Four (or more) credits of GEN 795, Investigations in Genetics, may be counted as one course toward fulfillment of the minor.  Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for a minor.  For the minor, 8 of the 20 credits can be applied toward completion of your major degree.  During the final semester, an application should be made to the dean to have the minor shown on the academic record.

Category 1
GEN 705, Population Genetics (prereq: BIOL 604)
GEN 715, Molecular Evolution (prereq: BIOL 604)
GEN 753, Cytogenetics (prereq: BIOL 604)
GEN 766, Environmental Genomics (prereq: BIOL 604)
GEN 772, Evolutionary Genetics of Plants (prereq: BIOL 604 or equivalent; PBIO 412 or BIOL 411/412 or equivalent)
ZOOL 665, Conservation Genetics

Category 2
BIOL 604, Principles of Genetics (prereq: BIOL 411-412 and CHEM 403-404)
GEN 704, Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes (prereq: MICR 503 and BCHM 658)
GEN 706, Human Genetics (prereq: BIOL 604 or ANSC 612)
GEN 711, Genomics and Bioinformatics (prereq: BIOL 604)
GEN 754, Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids (prereq: BCHM 658/659 or 751; or permission)
GEN 771, Molecular Genetics (prereq: BCHM 658 or 751; BIOL 604; or permission)
GEN 774/775, Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (prereq: BIOL 604 or permission)