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Iowa State University

Iowa State University


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Major in Genetics

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Genetics

    The field of genetics studies heredity at various levels from molecules to populations, and seeks to discover the molecular basis of heritable biological traits. As a science, genetics occupies a pivotal position in modern biology; its understanding is essential for any serious student of life sciences. Outside of academia, genetics touches many everyday aspects of human life. The food we eat and the clothes we wear come from the organisms modified by methodical application of standard genetic principles. At Iowa State University faculty in 20 different departments are involved in genetics research, both basic and applied. This large group of faculty provides students with a multidimensional perspective on genetics and presents them with a broad range of possibilities to become involved in genetics research.

Undergraduate study

  • Undergraduate study in genetics is jointly administered by the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology, and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. Undergraduate B.S. degrees are offered through both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (AGLS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Science (LAS). The general education requirements of each College are slightly different. Graduates of either College have similar career and graduate education expectations and opportunities.

  • A minor in genetics is also offered. Detailed information can be found at the "For Prospective Students" link on the left, and an informational brochcure is available from the following link:

Career options

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Drosophila variegated eye phenotype.
Photo by Dr. Jack Girton

Administrative Departments

Academic Calendar Spring 2015

Genetics Club

    Meets biweekly on Wednesdays, 7 pm
    Carver 232

Scholarship Recipients Announced

Apply to be a Peer Mentor for 2015-16

    We will be hiring two new peer mentors
    Applications are due Friday, March 6th
    Download Peer Mentor application as a Word file.
    Fill in and submit as either a Word file or pdf (rename file to include your last name) to: Lois Girton

Learning Community Activities Spring 2015

Study Groups with Peer Mentors
    New Location: 110 Bessey
  • Monday and Wednesday: noon - 1 pm and 2:10 - 3 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 11 am to noon
Careers in Genetics Day at University of Iowa Friday, April 17th

Genetics Alumnus Wins ISU Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Oct 10, 2014

Nupur Ghoshal, MD, PhD (BS, 1995)
    Assistant Professor, Washington University at St. Louis School of Medicine, Neurology