About this Degree

The Department of Genetics provides a supportive and unique environment for students to understand the full spectrum of molecular, evolutionary, and population genetics. Our major prepares students for careers in biomedical fields, as well as teaching, academic research, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. And, our students are competitive for admission to the top medical and professional schools and graduate programs in the country.

What you will learn

After taking introductory courses in genetics and evolutionary biology, majors may choose from a variety of upper level Genetics courses. Depending on the interests and career goals of a particular student, our majors can also satisfy requirements for major electives by taking upper level courses in other departments. In addition to lecture courses, majors can choose from several different laboratory courses, which focus on molecular genetics, evolutionary genetics, or genomics. The Department strongly encourages undergraduates to pursue independent research with one of our faculty. In addition to the high value placed on research by medical and graduate school admissions committees, an undergraduate research experience serves to consolidate all your Genetics training into a single keystone experience.

Scholarship and Award Information

Several undergraduate scholarship and award opportunities are available at the University of Georgia.

Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

Other Academic Information

Other Degrees/Programs Offered:

Summer Undergraduate Fellowships in Genetics (SUNFIG) 2018

The Department of Genetics of the University of Georgia invites undergraduates interested in a career in genetics research to apply for positions in our summer research program. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in the Department of Genetics and participate in research as a member of a research team. The faculty member will help design and monitor an appropriate full-time research project for the student or incorporate the student into ongoing research. Participants will be expected to devote at least a 40-hour week to this program. At the conclusion of the program, the student will prepare an abstract, data summary, and conclusions drawn from the work and present them in a poster format to other students and to the department.

Additional information can be found here

Employment

Possible Job Titles:
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Clinical Geneticist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Embryologist
  • Field Study Coordinator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Geneticist
  • Genetics Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Geneticist
  • Medical Equipment Sales Rep.
  • Medical Investigator
  • Medical Doctor/Nurse
  • Medical/Science Librarian
  • Medical/Science Writer-Editor
  • Microbiologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
  • Physician Asst.
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Research Immunologist
  • Research Geneticist
  • Toxicologist
  • Zoologist
Employers:
  • The University of Georgia
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Omni International
  • Saint Jude Children’s Hospital

Other Relevant Information

General Research Information:

The Department strongly encourages undergraduates to pursue independent research as part of their educations. In addition to the high value placed on research by medical and graduate school admissions committees, an undergraduate research experience serves to consolidate all your Genetics training into a single keystone experience.

Additional information can be found here