The degree in genetics is a unique program that offers undergraduate majors classroom training in fundamentals of genetics and other sciences, as well as opportunities for meaningful research experience. The new degree in genetics will be the first major in genetics in the UNC system.
The genetics major complements other degree programs in the biological and life sciences at N.C. State, as it prepares students for further graduate study, professional schools (such as, medical, dental, veterinary) or careers in industries whose products are based on biological and agricultural research, including biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Building on the strength of N.C. State as a leader in science and technology, graduates from the program easily may earn a concurrent minor in any of the other life sciences curricula, as well as other programs such as statistics or biotechnology.
Responsible conduct as a scientist and citizen will be emphasized in the genetics coursework, and students will also have the opportunities for public service and engagement through participation in the departmental genetics outreach program. Students will be challenged to master their coursework while practicing hands-on problem-solving in both the classroom and active research settings and students will be required to read the primary literature and present papers and their research findings, thus gaining valuable experience in scientific communication.
The application deadline for the Summer 2012 term is May 11 and the Fall 2012 term is September 14. Admission into the Department of Genetics will be based on the application, an interview, and space availability. The minimum requirements for admission to the Department of Genetics are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a grade of ‘B’ or better in GN 311. The application is to be submitted electronically and can be accessed here.