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Genetics - InterdisciplinaryGraduate Courses |500 |600 |
(Interdepartmental Graduate Major)
Supervisory Committee: P. Becraft, Chair; Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, Associate Chair; D. Hannapel, T. Peterson, D. Spurlock, T. Lubberstedt.?Participating Faculty: D. Bassham, T. Baum, G. Beattie, P. Becraft, J. Beetham, M. Bhattacharyya, D. Birt, J. Blanchong, T. Bobik, A. Bogdanove, B. Bonning, V. Brendel, A. Bronikowski, H. H. Chou, C. Coffman, J. Dekkers, D. Dobbs, M. Ellinwood, J. Essner, S-Z Fei, R. Fernando, D. Garrick,J. R. Girton, X. Gu, R. B. Hall, L. Halverson, D. J. Hannapel, E. R. Henderson, F. Janzen, K. M. Johansen, A. Kanthasamy, S. J. Lamont, N. Lauter, D. Lavrov, C. Lawrence, M. Lee, T. Lubberstedt, G. MacIntosh, W. A. Miller, F. C. Minion, J. Nason, B. J. Nikolau, M. Nilsen-Hamilton, L. Nolan, D. Oliver, P. A. Peterson, T. Peterson, G. Phillips, J. Powell-Coffman, J. Reecy, K. Roe, M. Rowling, S. R. Rodermel, M. F. Rothschild, P. S. Schnable, M. P. Scott, J. Serb, R. C. Shoemaker, R. Singh, M. H. Spalding, D. Spurlock, C. K. Tuggle, N. Valenzuela, E. Vollbrecht, K. Wang, J. F. Wendel, S. Whitham, R. P. Wise, E. Wurtele, B. Yang, Y. Yin, Q. Zhang
Undergraduates wishing to prepare for graduate study in Genetics should elect courses in basic biology, chemistry at least through organic chemistry, one year of college-level physics, mathematics at least through calculus, and at least one thorough course in basic transmission and molecular genetics. One year of upper level statistics and a year of biochemistry are strongly encouraged.
See Genetics - Undergraduate for information on a bachelor of science degree in Genetics.
Work is offered for the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees with a major in Genetics in thirteen cooperating departments: Agronomy; Animal Science; Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology; Entomology; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Genetics, Development and Cell Biology; Horticulture; Plant Pathology; Natural Resource Ecology and Managment; Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine; and Veterinary Pathology.
The diversity of faculty in the Interdepartmental Genetics major ensures a broad, well-balanced education from the best instructors, while offering flexibility in choice of research area. Genetics faculty have strengths in many areas, from fundamental studies at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels, to research with immediate practical application. Ongoing research projects span all the major areas of theoretical and experimental genetics, including genomics, molecular studies of gene regulation, gene mapping, transposable element studies, developmental genetics, quantitative and mathematical genetics, computational molecular biology, evolutionary genetics, and population genetics.
Students are admitted by the approval of the Chair after review by the Genetics Admissions Committee. Students are admitted either to participate in research rotations with several faculty or by direct admission into a specific lab and department. First year students participating in rotations with Genetics faculty will take Genet 697 (graduate research rotation). All Ph.D. candidates take a core curriculum comprising one course each from the following four categories and attend seminars and workshops as described: Transmission Genetics (GDCB 510), Molecular Genetics (GDCB 511 or BBMB 502), Quantitative, Population, and Evolutionary Genetics (An S/Agron 561 or EEOB 562 or EEOB 563 or EEOB 566 or EEOB 567), Biochemistry (BBMB 404 or BBMB 501). Students will give three research presentations (Genet 690), attend two genetics faculty seminar series (Genet 691), and participate in three Workshops in Genetics (Genet 591) during their training period. First-year graduate students will also take Genet 692 (Seminar in the Conceptual Foundations of Genetics).
Students may elect a computational molecular biology speciality within the genetics major. This requires that the research project be in the field of computational molecular biology. IG majors will be expected to complete all of the courses required for the major, except that one semester of Student Seminar in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB 690). Students will be expected to take additional courses in the area of specialization.
M.S. students will take the above core courses and seminars with the following changes: participate in two of the Workshops in Genetics (Genet 591) and present their research once (Genet 690). Additional coursework may be selected to satisfy individual interests or departmental requirements.
The course designator Genet applies to graduate courses taught by the interdepartmental major in Genetics.
Students wishing to minor in genetics must submit a complete application to the graduate program. Requirements for the successful completion of a minor at the Ph.D. or M.S. levels are: completion of three of the four categories of the common-core required lecture courses listed above. One semester of seminar in Genetics (Genet 690 or 691 or 692) is recommended. One member of the POS committee must be a Genetics faculty member.
Student Outcomes: Most students awarded doctoral degrees continue their training as postdoctoral associates at major research institutions in the U.S. or abroad in preparation for research and/or teaching positions in academia, industry, or government. A few go directly to permanent research positions in industry. Many students awarded master's degrees continue their training as doctoral students; however, some choose research support positions in academia, industry, or government. A more thorough list of outcomes is available at our Web site.
Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students
Genet 590. Special Topics. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Contact individual faculty for special projects or topics. Graded.
Genet 591. Workshop in Genetics. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. S.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Current topics in genetics research. Lectures by off-campus experts. Students read background literature, attend preparatory seminars, attend all lectures, meet with lecturers.
Courses for graduate students
Genet 690. Seminar in Genetics. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Research presentations by students to improve their ability to: orally present scientific work in a clear and meaningful way, critically evaluate oral presentations, and give and receive constructive criticism.
Genet 691. Seminar in Genetics. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Faculty research seminars that introduce students to the variety of genetics research projects on campus and provide an opportunity for students to become engaged in the scientific presentation to the point where they can think critically and ask meaningful questions.
Genet 692. Conceptual Foundations of Genetics. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.Prereq: Permission of instructor. Landmark papers in the development of genetics concepts. Papers are presented and discussions led by students, guided and mentored by the instructors. Instructors provide a broad overview and history of the development of fundamental concepts in genetics.
Genet 697. Graduate Research Rotation. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Graduate research projects performed under the supervision of selected faculty members in the graduate Genetics major.
Genet 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS.