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Interdepartmental Genetics
Degree Options and Requirements

The Genetics Graduate Program offers MS and PhD degrees in Genetics.

Both degrees involve intensive, multi-year research experiences that are largely planned and executed by the student with guidance by a major professor and supervisory committee.


Masters of Science

A minimum of 30 credits is required with 6 to 8 research hours.
Courses must include:

BIOL 705. Eukaryotic Genetics
BIOL 675. Genetics of Microorganisms
PLPTH 820. Population Genetics
A 700 level statistics course
A 500 level biochemistry course

Doctor of Philosophy

A minimum of 90 credits is required, with typical course programs of 25 to 40 credit hours. At least 30 hours of research credits are required. Courses must include:

BIOL 705. Eukaryotic Genetics
BIOL 675. Genetics of Microorganisms
PLPTH 820. Population Genetics
A statistics course (700 level or higher)
A biochemistry class (700 level or higher)


*Additional courses required for the PhD degree depend on the emphasis of the degree program:


PhD students in the:

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics emphasis must take two or more of the following courses:

BIOL 707 Advanced Cell Biology.
PLPTH 880 Plant Molecular Biology
BIOCH 911 Molecular Signal Transduction
BIOL 860 Modern Molecular Approaches
BIOCH 920 Nucleic Acids
PLPTH 911 Plant Tissue Culture and Regeneration
BIOCH 907 Advanced Topics in Insect Biochemistry
BIOL 868 Advanced Cellular and Developmental Biology
BIOL890 Top/Ecological Genomics

Genetics of Plant-Microbe Interactions emphasis must take two or more of the following courses:

PLPTH 635 Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests
PLPTH 755 Plant Resistance to Diseases
PLPTH 880 Plant Molecular Biology
PLPTH 910 Molecular Plant–Microbe Interactions
PLPTH 927 Fungal Genetics
PLPTH 905 Ecology and Epidemiology of Plant Pathogens
BIOL 802 Advances in Plant Stress Signaling

Arthropod Genetics emphasis must take two or more of the following courses:

PLPTH 635 Introduction to Plant Resistance to Pests
ENTOM 745 Plant Resistance to Insects
ENTOM 910 Insect Genetics
BIOCH 907 Advanced Topics in Insect Biochemistry
ENTOM 799 Molecular Entomology
ENTOM 950 Conceptual Issues in Evolution (co-taught with BIOL 875)
ENTOM 875 Insect Anatomy and Physiology
ENTOM 830 Molecular Entomology

Quantitative Genetics emphasis must take two or more of the following courses:

PLPTH610/AGRON 610 Biotechnology
AGRON 630 Principles of Crop Improvement
AGRON 770 Plant Genetics
AGRON 830 Quantitative Genetics in Relation to Plant Breeding
ASI 749 Advanced Animal Breeding
AGRON 860 Applied Plant Breeding
AGRON 910 Topics in Plant Breeding
AGRON 930 Topics in Plant Genetics
AGRON 970 Advanced Plant Breeding I
AGRON 980 Advanced Plant Breeding II
PLPTH 890 Introduction to Genomic Bioinformatics
PLPTH 915 Chromosome and Genome Analysis
BIOL 870 Advanced Plant Systematics
BIOL 875 Evolutionary Ecology
ENTOM 930 Conceptual Issues in Evolution (co-taught)
ASI 655 Behavior of Domestic Animals
PLPTH 905 Ecology and Epidemiology of Plant Pathogens, BIOL 604
BIOL890 Top/Ecology Of Fungi
BIOL890 Top/Ecological Genomics
PLPTH 905 Ecology and Epidemiology of Plant Pathogens