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:
|Environmental Studies||Health & Human Kinetics||Biochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry)|
At OWU, Genetics majors have opportunities to participate in distinctive learning and field experiences. You could find yourself collaborating with a professor on innovative research, co-authoring a report on study results, and attending and presenting at a conference.
Ohio Wesleyan’s Summer Science Research Program is an intensive 10-week research experience. Participants work side-by-side with a professor and present research results at the concluding college-wide symposium.
State of the Art
Our labs are equipped to support a wide diversity of molecular and cellular level study, including PCR, qPCR, and protein biochemistry. We have sophisticated microscopy equipment, such as a confocal microscope for high-resolution fluorescent imaging and a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope for even higher resolution images. These are accessible to both students and faculty for courses and advanced independent research. At OWU, multiple organisms are studied at the genetic level, including worms, fruit flies, plants, bacteria, and yeast.
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