Undergraduate Students

Molecular Genetics Undergraduate Handbook [pdf]

What is Molecular Genetics?

Molecular genetics focuses on studying topics in modern biology concerning how genes control cellular functions, development, and disease. A degree in Molecular Genetics is an excellent preparation for many careers in the life sciences and beyond. Our courses and research opportunities cover a broad range of topics from molecules to populations. The common focus is on the role of genes and the use of molecular and genetic techniques in each of these areas.

Career Opportunities in Molecular Genetics

A BS in Molecular Genetics is the entry point into a number of rewarding careers. Most of our graduates enter careers in life sciences, but there are many other opportunities such as law, business, and government. With a BS in Molecular Genetics there are many opportunities to work in laboratory within universities, agricultural and medical biotechnology industries, or federal and state government agencies. Molecular Genetics graduates typically pursue advanced degrees leading to academic and professional careers in the life sciences. Molecular geneticists with a PhD degree enter academic or industrial careers, with leadership roles in research and education. Some Molecular genetics BS graduates pursue more specialized masters degrees such as Genetic Counseling, Forensic Sciences or Biotechnology. Many Molecular Genetics BS graduates go to medical school and other professional schools.

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