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Iowa State University

Iowa State University


Undergraduate Genetics

Double Majors, Double Degrees, and Minors

Double Major

  • Students earn a B.S. degree with a double major when all of the course requirements for two separate majors have been met.
  • For a double major including Genetics all of the required courses in Genetics and Life Sciences, Supporting Sciences, and Mathematics must be completed (see the B.S. degree requirements from the links on the right for specification of these courses).
  • One of the two majors is designated as "primary". An advisor is assigned for each of the two majors. Registration access numbers (RAN) are provided to the student each semester by the advisor for the primary major.
  • If the two majors are in different colleges, then the Communications and General Education Elective requirements are set by the college of the primary major. It is not necessary to complete the general education requirements from both colleges.
  • To declare a double major, students complete the "Multiple Curricula or Multiple Degrees" request form.
  • Double majors in Genetics and Biology are not allowed.

Double Degree

  • Students earn two separate Bachelor's degrees when all of the course requirements for two different majors and the general education requirements of the Colleges of those majors have been met and at least 30 credits more than the total number required for one of the majors have been completed.
  • This means that for a double degree including Genetics, at least 150 total credits must be completed. This compares to 120 total credits needed for the Genetics degree by itself.
  • To declare a double degree, students complete the "Multiple Curricula or Multiple Degrees" request form.
  • Double degrees in Genetics and Biology are not allowed.

Minor in Genetics

  • A minor in Genetics may be earned by completing Gen 313, Gen 313L, Biol 314, Gen 409, Gen 410, and a minimum of 2 additional credits in Genetics at the 300-level or above.
  • At least 9 credits from this list of courses must count only towards the minor, and not be used for any other major, college, or university requirement.
  • To declare a minor, students complete the "Request for Minor" form.
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