DNA is the foundation of all life on Earth, yet each organism has unique genetic characteristics and functions. With the sequencing of the human genome, the origins of debilitating conditions and hereditary diseases are now starting to be decoded. As a Genetics major, you study the fundamental chemical language of living cells.

About the Major

The Genetics major offers a solid foundation in biological principles with specialized courses to allow an understanding of genetics at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and evolutionary levels. With a degree in Genetics, you will be a valuable addition to work involved with genetic engineering, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and environmental science, as well as related to gene therapy, ancestry research, and genetic counseling. Our alumni have gone on to medical school and graduate-level studies in many fields including chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, and neuroscience.

Other majors in the Biological Sciences:

Biology Microbiology Botany
Zoology Pre-Professional Zoology Neuroscience
Environmental Studies Health & Human Kinetics Biochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry)



Graduate Outcomes

Gregory Serpa '15

Gregory graduated with a Genetics major and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Brown University.


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Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3500
F 740-368-3999
E jegoldst@owu.edu

Department Contact

Chair: Laurel Anderson
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center Room 243