Genetics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Graduate student Ruma Haroon works in a lab in the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building.
(Photo by: Bryce Richter)

Martha Reck (608-265-9285,, 1426 Genetics Biotechnology Center. Prospective undergraduate and graduate students, assigned undergraduates

Chris Day (608-265-2865,, 2422 Genetics Biotechnology Center. Assigned undergraduates

Kit Tilmann (608-263-7580,, 1428 Genetics Biotechnology Center. Assigned undergraduates

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Field of Study

Learn about genes, genetic variation, and heredity in living organisms. Knowledge of molecular, quantitative, population and cytogenetics can help us understand diseases and evolutionary biology. Application of genetic engineering techniques using bioinformatic tools and genomics can be used to investigate any area of biology.

Possible Careers
Research scientist or technician (university, industry, or agriculture), physician, veterinarian, physician assistant, public health professional, teacher, genetic counselor, forensic scientist, patent attorney, pharmaceutical or technical salesperson, science writer.

Special Opportunities & Additional Information

Selected Required Courses:
  • Biology: Biology 151-152 (recommended) or Botany 130 and Zoology 101-102 or Biocore
  • Calculus: 221 (211 not accepted)
  • General Chemistry: Chem 103-104; or Chem 109
  • Organic Chemistry: Chem 343, 344, and 345
  • Physics: Physics 103-104 or Physics 201-202 or Physics 207-208 (recommended)
  • Statistics: 371