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:
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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.