What types of jobs or careers do most Genetics/Genomics majors pursue?
About one-third of our majors are interested in Genetic Counseling. About an equal number are interested in going on to graduate school to get a master’s or Ph.D. or to professional school (physician assistant school, medical school, and veterinary school are the most common). The remainder are interested in getting a job immediately after receiving their Bachelor of Science degree; many of these students find work as Research Associates in biotech or biomedical research either in NH or in the Boston area, while others work in scientific sales or get jobs with science-related non-profits, to give just a few examples.
Do students have difficulty finding time to declare a minor or get involved in research, clubs, or other activities that they enjoy?
In general, no. Most students have reasonable time management and study skills by the time they get to UNH. In the 1-credit Freshman Orientation seminar (Professional Perspectives in Genetics), we provide additional resources to help students set academic goals and organize their time, so they start strong.
What minors are most popular with Genetics majors?
For students interested in genetic counseling, a career that requires a solid knowledge of genetics and skills in counseling, Psychology is a popular minor. Otherwise, students who are interested in a minor choose lots of different things, depending on their personal interests or career goals. Genetics majors have minored in Studio Art, Applied Math, German, Business, etc.
Is it possible to study abroad as a Genetics major?
Absolutely! Studying abroad takes advance planning with your advisor and with the Education Abroad office. Generally, you want to reserve some of your discovery courses (gen eds) for when you go abroad. For instance, you will get the world cultures discovery credit automatically if you do a semester abroad, so you’ll want to hold off on taking those courses at UNH. Also, it’s usually easier to find discovery courses that will transfer back to UNH than it is to find genetics courses that are equivalent, depending on the international program that you choose. Plus, discovery courses taken abroad give you an opportunity to learn more about the history, literature, and culture of the country you are visiting.
What dorm(s) are best for genetics majors?
It depends on what you are looking for. Quite a few genetics majors live in Peterson because it has a residential learning community (RLC) dedicated to the life sciences. Additionally, Lord, Williamson, Alexander, and Christianson are freshman-only dorms and that can be beneficial for meeting new people. You can also live in dorms with a mix of students, which allows you to meet juniors or seniors who can share their strategies for success. When signing up for housing as a first-year student, you will rank categories of dorms based on size and themes.
Can first-year students do research?
Yes, freshmen can do research with a faculty member. However, your first priority is your academic success, so it is often prudent to wait at least one semester to make sure that you can handle the rigor of college courses and balance your time between schoolwork and social time. Many students do not start research until their junior or senior year.
Can students get credit for doing research?
Yes. Students can enroll in courses like GEN 795, INCO 590, or INCO 790 to earn credit for the research they are conducting with a faculty member.
Can students get paid for the time that they spend doing research?
Yes, but not if you are taking research for credit, of course. There are several ways to get paid. First, a faculty member may have funding to pay you from grant funds. Second, if you have work-study as financial aid, a faculty member may have funds to pay the matching portion of your aid. Third, the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at UNH administers several competitive research programs (REAP, UROP, SURF, IROP) that students can apply for once they’ve identified a faculty mentor.
What kind of internship opportunities are available for students to get experience in their area of interest?
Since many UNH faculty accept multiple students in their labs each year, research with a faculty member is a very popular type of internship that enables students to develop their research and presentation skills. The St. Martin Career Exploration Office in our college serves as a central clearinghouse for off-campus internships and also helps students practice interview skills, prepare resumes and cover letters, etc.
What is the typical class size?
Class sizes vary. For example, in ENGL 401 Freshman English, the class size is 24, which is the average class size, but in BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular & Cellular, the lecture is about 200 students. However, large classes almost always have a lab or recitation each week, which has only 25-30 students.
Other than office hours, are professors open and accessible?
All instructors have scheduled office hours every week but are usually also available for meetings by appointment. In addition, many courses have teaching assistants (graduate students) who also hold weekly office hours.
What are some good clubs to get involved in if you want to meet people?
There is a club for almost anything you can think of and new ones are always starting, like the Geneology Club that formed this year. Join a club that interests you and you are sure to meet new people with similar interests. Some of the clubs relating to science and biology that are popular among COLSA students are Women in Science, Lab Science Society, American Red Cross, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.