This is the first version of the 2020-21 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Prospective doctoral students in genetics should have a strong undergraduate background in science, including courses in general genetics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, introductory physics, and mathematics, as well as a strong commitment to genetic research and teaching. Students are able to make up deficiencies in a particular area during their first year of graduate study.

Graduate Program of Study


Genetics Courses

GENE:4213 Bioinformatics 2,4 s.h.

Overview of bioinformatics topics, including access to sequence data, pairwise and multiple sequence alignment algorithms, molecular phylogeny, microarray data analysis, protein analysis, proteomics and protein structure analysis; emphasis on each topic includes biological motivation, computational approach (practical and theoretical), and interpretation of output. Prerequisites: BIOC:3120 or MICR:3170 or BIOL:2512 or BIOC:3110. Recommendations: grade of B+ or higher in BIOL:2512 or BIOC:3120, or graduate standing. Same as BIOL:4213, IGPI:4213.

GENE:5173 Computational Genomics 3 s.h.

Introduction to computational methods used in genome analysis and functional genomics; biological sequence analysis, sequence database search, microarray data analysis, biological network analysis; in-depth coverage of principal genome science challenges and recent solutions. Prerequisites: (BIOS:4120 or STAT:3510) and (CS:5110 or ENGR:1300). Recommendations: completion of BME:5320. Same as BIOL:5320, BME:5330, ECE:5220, IGPI:5330.

GENE:6150 Genetic Analysis of Biological Systems 3 s.h.

Genetic techniques and approaches for analysis of biological processes; comparison of strengths, weaknesses of a variety of experimental systems.

GENE:6200 Special Topics in Genetics 1 s.h.

Current research in a selected field of genetics; different topic each year. Companion to a genetics seminar series. Same as ACB:6200.

GENE:6234 Basic Biostatistical Methods with Genetics Applications 1 s.h.

Introduction to terminology, fundamental concepts, and methods of biostatistics as applied to genetic research; genetic investigation examples used to illustrate statistical approaches.

GENE:6280 Directed Study in Genetics arr.

GENE:7191 Human Molecular Genetics 3 s.h.

Molecular genetic approaches to human disease; the human genome project, linkage analysis, candidate gene screening, special features of inbred populations, triplet repeat expansions, mitochondrial genetics, genetics of complex traits. Requirements: fundamental genetics and molecular biology.

GENE:7301 Graduate Research in Genetics arr.