Genetics Major: Genomics Option B.S.

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Genetics Major: Genomics Option B.S.

Program Overview

What is genomics?

Each living organism has a genome containing the genetic information that determines how it will grow and develop. Genomics is the study of genomes and includes topics like DNA structure and function, high-throughput sequencing and computational comparison of the genomes of different organisms. The field of genomics is growing rapidly and has applications to cancer biology, agriculture, marine science and more. Students with a degree in genomics are well-prepared for graduate or professional school and employment in academic or industry research labs, government labs or the biotechnology industry.

Why study genomics at UNH?

The genomics degree program at UNH provides training in genome analysis, evolutionary genetics and computer programming for bioinformatics, as well as cutting-edge genomic analysis methods for bacteria and eukaryotes. The Hubbard Center for Genome Studies and Research Computing Center provide opportunities for students to learn genomic and bioinformatic techniques using state-of-the-art technology. Many students gain hands-on experience working on research projects in faculty labs.

Potential careers

  • Bioinformatician
  • Computer scientist
  • Educator
  • Laboratory technician
  • Lawyer
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Research scientist
  • Science journalist

Contact

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
603-862-4095
mcbs.dept@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The Genetics and Genetics:Genomics programs (GEN) explore the world of genetics and genomics in plants, animals, and microbes. Genetics majors are interested in understanding how DNA, along with the environment, encodes traits as simple as hair color, to more complex traits like high blood pressure, diabetes, and mental illness. The Genetics faculty strongly value hands-on learning and many GEN students conduct undergraduate research under the supervision of our faculty. GEN graduates are prepared for successful careers in the biotechnology fields or for entry into graduate school or health professional programs.


The Genetics program includes course work and laboratories in:

  • molecular genetics
  • bioinformatics
  • human genetics
  • comparative genomics
  • plant genetics
  • microbial genetics and evolution

Students in the Genetics program may participate in a variety of experiential learning activities including:


GEN graduates have been successful in attaining careers as:

  • research scientists and laboratory technicians in
    • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • academic research programs
    • forensics
    • biomedical research centers & medical schools
  • educators

GEN graduates are prepared for further education in:

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Genomics

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GEN 401 Professional Perspectives in Genetics 1
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits17
Spring
GEN 606 Genetics Lab 4
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
Major Elective (Bioscience) 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
Discovery course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits17
Spring
Genetics Core course 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
BMCB 605 Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (Pop/Evol Genetics) 4
GEN 711 Genomics and Bioinformatics 4
GEN 712 Programming for Bioinformatics 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
GEN 721 Comparative Genomics 4
Major Elective (Pop/Evol Genetics) 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits12
 Total Credits128

Students majoring in Genetics with the Genomics option take seven Foundation courses, six Bioscience Core courses, four Genetics Core courses and five Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  In addition, all other University requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C-minus or better required in statistics and all Biological Science Foundation, GEN Core, and Major Elective courses.

 Foundation Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMCB 605Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology4
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5

Genetics Core Courses

GEN 401Professional Perspectives in Genetics1
GEN 606Genetics Lab4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
Select one of the following:
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 25
GEN 771Molecular Genetics 24

Major Electives

A total of five unique major electives is required: GEN 712, GEN 721, two courses from the population or evolutionary genetics elective group, and one course from the bioscience major elective group.

Required Major Electives

GEN 712Programming for Bioinformatics5
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4

Population or Evolutionary Genetics Major Electives (Select Two)

GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 772Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4

Bioscience Major Electives (Select One)

GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 25
GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 712Programming for Bioinformatics5
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4
GEN 771Molecular Genetics 24
GEN 772Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4
GEN 774Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology4
GEN 795Investigations in Genetics (4 credit minimum)1-4
GEN 795WInvestigations in Genetics (4 credit minimum)1-4
GEN 799Senior Thesis (4 credit minimum)1-4
GEN 799HHonors Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
BIOL 702Techniques in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry4
BIOL 704Plant-Microbe Interactions3
BIOL 711Applied Biostatistics II4
BIOL 752Mycology4
BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB #783Proteomics for Biological Discoveries4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMS 650Molecular Diagnostics4
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 705Immunology3
BMS 706Virology3
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4
NR 706Soil Ecology4
ZOOL 625
& ZOOL 626
Principles of Animal Physiology
and Animal Physiology Laboratory
5
ZOOL 690Evolution4
ZOOL 777Neuroethology3


Approved GEN Capstone Courses
The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other approved student activity).  The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled once a student has senior standing in the major. Submit a Capstone Approval form prior to beginning the experience. 

GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes5
GEN 705Population and Quantitative Genetics4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience (4 credit minimum; classroom presentation required)1-4
GEN 795Investigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum)1-4
GEN 795WInvestigations in Genetics (4-credit minimum)1-4
GEN 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
GEN 799HHonors Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

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