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.
Training in genetics may lead to employment in teaching, research, or a variety of health-related professions. Although some students find employment directly after their baccalaureate training, most of our graduates continue their education by attending graduate or professional programs. Students with the BS degree may find employment in academic labs or in the biotechnology, health, or plant sciences industries. Further information about careers in genetics, from the Genetics Society of America, is available at the following web site:
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Academic Calendar Spring 2013
Learning Community Activities Spring 2013
Study Groups until April 30
Biology, Tues, 5 p.m.
Peer Mentors for 2013-14Lillian Howard, GEN, Junior
Garrett Smith, GEN/MICRO, Senior
Iman Kasmola, GEN S, Sophomore
Jered Stratton, GEN S, Sophomore