Genetics - B.S.

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About the Degree: 

The Department of Genetics provides a supportive and unique environment for students to understand the full spectrum of molecular, evolutionary, and population genetics. Our major prepares students for careers in biomedical fields, as well as teaching, academic research, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. And, our students are competitive for admission to the top medical and professional schools and graduate programs in the country.

Interesting Facts: 
There are only a few universities in the country that offer a bachelor's degree in genetics.
Six of the last 21 UGA students to win the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate science honor in the country, have been Genetics majors.
About 75% of our majors go on to graduate or professional schools.


What you will learn: 

After taking introductory courses in genetics and evolutionary biology, majors may choose from a variety of upper level Genetics courses. Depending on the interests and career goals of a particular student, our majors can also satisfy requirements for major electives by taking upper level courses in other departments. In addition to lecture courses, majors can choose from several different laboratory courses, which focus on molecular genetics, evolutionary genetics, or genomics. The Department strongly encourages undergraduates to pursue independent research with one of our faculty. In addition to the high value placed on research by medical and graduate school admissions committees, an undergraduate research experience serves to consolidate all your Genetics training into a single keystone experience.

Beyond the Classroom

Featured Research Labs/Research Areas: 
Hands-on research in Genomics and Computational Biology
A sub-field of biology that concerns the evolutionary processes that produce the diversity of life on Earth.
General Research Information: 
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics

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High Salary: 
Low Salary: 
Median Salary: 
  • The University of Georgia
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Omni International
  • Saint Jude Children’s Hospital
Famous Alumni: 
Terry Hoage

Former NFL football player, winemaker, Terry Hoage Vineyards

Possible Job Titles: 
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Clinical Geneticist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Embryologist
  • Field Study Coordinator
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Geneticist
  • Genetics Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Geneticist
  • Medical Equipment Sales Rep.
  • Medical Investigator
  • Medical Doctor/Nurse
  • Medical/Science Librarian
  • Medical/Science Writer-Editor
  • Microbiologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
  • Physician Asst.
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Research Immunologist
  • Research Geneticist
  • Toxicologist
  • Zoologist