The Department of Genetics encourages and fosters research,
dissemination of knowledge, and public service aimed at understanding
and contributing to advances in the genetics of humans and model
organisms. Faculty members conduct research and prepare undergraduate
and graduate students for diverse careers in science and education.
Students in the undergraduate major have the opportunity to participate
in research and learn how discoveries in science are made. Courses in
the department cover a wide variety of topics from molecular genetics
to human genetics. These course offerings prepare students for careers
in biological research, biotechnology, and the health professions.
The Department of Genetics is
committed to teaching science through the way we do science: through the process of doing
research. The curriculum of the Department of Genetics is centered around four
main goals. These goals shape our innovative courses and provide the basis for
I. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts, and
theories of genetics.
II. Integrate the material from
multiple courses and research to think holistically and to see the
whole as well as the parts.
III. Use genetic information and
ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.
IV. At the end of four years, all
of our students will be able to design an experiment, carry out the research using
the appropriate laboratory techniques, and analyze and interpret their data.
They will also be able to communicate their discoveries through a written
article appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed genetics journal, and
through talks or posters appropriate for scientific meetings.