Plant and Wildlife Sciences

Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology

Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology
Hours60 - 62 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

requirement 2 Complete 1 course
MMBio121 is recommended for Track C below. PDBio 120 is recommended for core tracks A and B below.
requirement 3 Complete 1 option
Complete 24 hours from ONE of the following tracks:
option 3.1 Complete 2 groups
A. Plant genetics and biotechnology core track:
group 3.1.2 Complete 3.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete an additional 3 hours from the general major electives list. Recommended courses are:
option 3.4 Complete 4 groups
D. Bio-business core track:
group 3.4.3 Complete 1 course
group 3.4.4 Complete 4.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete an additional 4 hours from the general major electives list. Recommended courses are:
Recommended Complete 4 options
Recommended Courses:
Recommended Complete 4 courses
For graduate school preparation in biotechnology:
Recommended Complete 1 course
For students seeking employment in the biotech industry:
Recommended Complete 2 courses
GE courses for bio-business students seeking a Marriott School of Management minor:
Program Outcomes: 

Molecular Genetics Fundamentals

Exhibit a broad understanding of core molecular genetics and biology concepts including bioinformatics, molecular biology, genetics, cellular biology, physiology and evolution.

Biotechnology Skills and Practices

Independently perform key biotechnology and molecular biology benchwork protocols and can use popular computational software packages for DNA sequence analysis as they apply to plant and animal improvement programs or microbial genomics. Graduates of the biotechnology business track will have additional skills acquired from case studies-oriented management courses.

Genome Organization and Manipulation

Explain key concepts of genome organization and manipulation in depth, for example genetic map construction, sequencing methods and strategies, genome annotation, comparative genomics, global gene expression profiling, metagenomics, and transgenic plant and animal technologies. Also, students can independently assemble bacterial genomes and parse metagenomic sequencing data.

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Demonstrate proficiency in applying the quantitative and analytical skills necessary for successful research science and/or clinical health careers. Examples include designing properly controlled experiments (PWS288 and PWS469), critically analyzing experimental data in the literature (MMBIO 240, PDBIO 360), and writing scripts to parse genomic datasets (BIO165, PWS468, PWS469)

Literature Summation and Discussion

Graduates can summarize the background, methodology, results and conclusions of a set of experiments, as published in a single or in multiple related scientific papers, and lead classroom discussions on them.