Genetics (Minor)

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The Department of Genetics offers an undergraduate Minor in Genetics to provide students with strong preparation in the principles of Genetics and Molecular Biology, as well as preparation in ancillary fields such as Statistics and Biochemistry. This Minor is appropriate for (but not limited to) students with majors in Plant and Soil Sciences, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Crop Science, Environmental Technology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Nutrition Science, Plant Biology, Poultry Science, and Zoology.


Students may declare their intention to complete the Genetics minor by consulting with Dr. Gardner as listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the minor early in their programs so they receive information on Genetics courses and activities from the Undergraduate Coordinator.


The advisor will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.

Contact Person

Dr. Betty Gardner
2532 Thomas Hall

SIS Code: 17GNM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 17 credit hours; 11 required and six (6) elective.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all Genetics Minor courses.
Specified Courses
GN 311Principles of Genetics4
GN 312Elementary Genetics Laboratory1
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
or ST 371 Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory
GN 421Molecular Genetics3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Population, Quantitative and Evolutionary Genetics
Introductory Bioinformatics
Genes and Development
Human and Biomedical Genetics
Genome Science
Epigenetics, Development, and Disease
Genetics Research/Teaching Experience (3 cr) 1
Total Hours17