You have your mother's eyes and your father's nose...
How is it that humans or individuals of any other species tend to resemble their close relatives more than unrelated individuals? This question has always fascinated curious observers, but only after Mendel's discovery of the basic laws of inheritance have we been able to study the transmission of genes, the hereditary factors. Since Mendel's discovery, genetics has changed from a science in which geneticists studied the transmission of genes in a relatively few plants and animals to one which occupies a central position in the biological sciences.
Do you have a sharp mind and imagination? Do you have a special kind of curiosity that makes you eager to uncover hidden relationships? Are you looking for a career exploring the edges of today's scientific knowledge? If so, a major in Genetics may be just what you are looking for.
The Laboratory of Genetics is the oldest and one of the finest genetics centers in the nation. It is highly regarded for its research contributions in the areas of plant genetics, population genetics, developmental genetics, molecular genetics, immunogenetics, neurogenetics, cytogenetics, viral genetics, bacterial genetics, mammalian genetics, behavioral genetics, and medical genetics.
The University of Wisconsin has inaugurated a major initiative in the area of Genomics. Genomics is a significant new field of genetics that contributes to and uses the knowledge of many biological, mathematical, and engineering disciplines. Genomics encompasses genome sequencing, functional genomics, comparative genomics, and bioinformatics.
All undergraduates in the Genetics program are required to develop a strong academic foundation with many courses taken in chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, general genetics, biochemistry and bacteriology. Students also must include advanced courses, such as cytogenetics, human genetics, microbial genetics, quantitative and population genetics, plant genetics, prokaryotic and eukaryotic molecular biology, medical biochemistry, molecular neurobiology, clinical genetics, crop improvement, immunology, biotechnology, evolution, animal breeding, and parasitology.
Other requirements include course work designed to develop strong written and oral communication, and course work in economics, ethnic studies, humanities, social science and international studies.
While classroom lectures and laboratories provide the foundation of your education, we offer abundant opportunities for practical, hands-on experience. For example, students can work in research labs. This interaction with nationally and internationally renowned researchers provides our students with experience in "cutting-edge" science.
The Undergraduate Genetics Association (UGA) is a student-run organization that arranges exposure to careers in Genetics, fosters academic excellence, and provides a social network.
There are about 300 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students currently enrolled in the genetics program.
The Genetics offices and laboratories are located in the Genetics-Biotechnology complex on Henry Mall. This complex houses well-designed laboratories which provide with all the equipment necessary for state-of-the-art genetic research.
The biotechnology industry has exploded within the last decade, providing many diverse career opportunities for our graduates. A strong background in Genetics will prepare you for research technical support, technical writing, quality control, assay development, technical services, and sales or marketing.
Many of our graduates continue their education by pursuing an advanced degree. Our students are competitive for admission to medical schools, veterinary schools, and graduate schools throughout the country. Students may elect a Ph.D. in Genetics to prepare them for careers in research, academia, and industry. Others may elect an M.S. program for a career in Genetics Counseling.
Approximately $300,000 in scholarships are awarded each year to students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Criteria are based on curricular activities and scholastic achievement.
For More Information, Contact:
Martha Reck, Senior Student Services Coordinator
Laboratory of Genetics
University of Wisconsin–Madison
425G Henry Mall Madison, WI 53706-1574
(608) 265-9285 e-mail: email@example.com
CALS Prospective Student Services College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin–Madison
105 Agricultural Hall Madison, WI 53706
Office of Admissions,
716 Langdon St. Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-3961
Please visit with Martha Reck (1426 Genetics Biotechnology Center) or Kit Tillman (1428 Genetics Biotechnology Center) or Christopher Day (2422 Genetics Biotechnology Center) for help in understanding the Genetics Curriculum.
For the Bachelor of Science Degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits with 240 grade points and with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. For purposes of calculation, two grade points will be granted for each transferable degree credit earned at institutions other than UW Madison. Students must take their last 30 credits in residence while officially enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Degree credit will be granted only once for courses that are repeated. Other degree requirements are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Freshmen may elect to take Genetics 155 a one-credit freshman seminar course, offered in Spring semester. The course counts toward the CALS First-Year Seminar requirement, not towards the major requirements.
Students must meet with their advisor at least once per semester.
Students who have not maintained a GPA of at least 2.5 by the end of their first two years, or transfer students, by the end of their first year in residence, need to evaluate their major and career options with an advisor.
** Pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, etc) should note that they may need a full year of general/inorganic/analytical chemistry as well as a full year of organic chemistry for admission. Those pre-professional students taking Chem 109 should take an additional chemistry course: choose from Chem 327, 329, 311 or 565. Students interested in a Masters in forensic science should take Chem 327 (Analytical Chemistry).
The Undergraduate Genetics Association is an academic club which promotes networking, volunteer events, science outreach, career exploration, peer mentoring, social events, and research on campus. We are more than your average stop codon! Join UGA! Visit us on Facebook!
The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences and the Office of Admissions offer several opportunities for prospective students to learn about campus. For more information and to schedule a visit please see http://www.cals.wisc.edu/academics/admissions/visit-us/