Genes affect our development, our health, and even aspects of our behaviors and personalities. DNA is the foundation of all life on Earth, yet each organism has unique genetic characteristics and functions. Genetics provides a common link between species that help us to identify shared traits and history, furthering our understanding of the fundamental properties of life, and can lead to discoveries that benefit health, society, and the environment.

About the Major

The Genetics major offers a foundation in biological principles with specialized courses in genetics at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.  As a Genetics major, you learn to identify, alter, or manage the fundamental molecular and cellular properties of life.

Keywords: medicine, health careers, gene therapy, genetic engineering, biotechnology, advanced research, laboratory science, pharmaceutical areas, heredity, ancestry research,  genetic counseling.

Other majors in the Biological Sciences:

Biology Microbiology Botany
Zoology Pre-Professional Zoology Neuroscience
Environment & Sustainability Health & Human Kinetics Biochemistry

Related Minors


Graduate Outcomes

Margaret Michicich ’19

After graduating, Margaret was accepted into the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. While at OWU, Margaret participated in Travel-Learning Courses in East Africa and the Galapagos Islands and conducted summer research at S.C. Johnson and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Chris Wolverton
Professor of Biological Sciences
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 339

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201