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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Genetics

MAJOR: Genetics and Biotechnology

Codirectors of the Program:

Professor, Ralph Preszler, Department Head, Biology 

Associate Professor, Rolston St. Hilaire, Interim Department Head, Plant and Environmental Sciences

Professors Bosland, Cramer, Houde, Milligan, Nishiguchi, O’Connell, Ray, Sengupta-Gopalan, St. Hilaire; Associate Professors Bailey, Curtiss, Dawe, C. Shuster, M. Shuster, Zhang

Have you ever wondered why your hair or eye color, facial features, or the build of your body resembles that of your parents, grandparents, or other close relatives? What factors are responsible for generating all the variety of colors and shapes of flowers, trees, and different types of animals? If these questions have crossed your mind, then you have been thinking about Genetics; the science of heredity. Genetics is studied at the DNA/gene/genome level (molecular genetics, biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics), the level of organisms (classical or Mendelian genetics), and within/among populations of individuals (population and quantitative genetics). One of the most significant scientific accomplishments in history has been the use of genomic technologies to recently identify most human genes, as well as, most genes for a number of other animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria. Geneticists now have tremendous opportunities to use molecular, biochemical, mathematical, and computer science-based (bioinformatics) approaches to investigate how these genes determine observable traits. This information can be used to significantly advance human health and well being, and to meet the food and fiber needs of the world.

A degree in Genetics can provide excellent preparation for careers in academic research and technical support, teaching, agriculture, the biotechnology industry, medicine and health sciences, forensic science, technical writing, and sales or marketing. It is also an excellent background for students wishing to enter a graduate program, medical school, and veterinary school.

Undergraduates in the Genetics program must earn a grade of C- or better to receive credit for required Basic Science Background and Genetics Core courses. Within the Genetics Core curriculum, Tier I courses must be taken by all majors, for a total of 28 credit hours. To accommodate differing interests among students, a series of Tier II courses comprising 11 to 13 credits are provided. Ethical considerations of genetic based technologies will be infused throughout the curriculum, with a focused course on Science and Ethics in the Tier III portion of the core curriculum.

Requirements

General Education Requirements (43 credits)

Area I: Communications

English Composition-Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

ENGL 111GHRhetoric and Composition Honors

4 cr.

or

SPCD 111GAdvanced ESL Composition

4 cr.

or

ENGL 111 MRhetoric and Composition for International and Multilingual Students

4 cr.

English Composition-Level 2
ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication

3 cr.

or

ENGL 318GAdvanced Technical and Professional Communication

3 cr.

Oral Communication
AXED 201GEffective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations

3 cr. (2+2P)

COMM 253GPublic Speaking

3 cr.

COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication

3 cr.

or

HON 265GPrinciples of Human Communication Honors

3 cr.

Area II: Mathematics/Algebra

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III: Laboratory Science

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9)

Total of 15 credits combined between Areas IV and V, with 6 credits in one area and 9 credits in the other area. See catalog for listing of available courses.

Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9)

Total of 15 credits combined between Areas IV and V, with 6 credits in one area and 9 credits in the other area. See catalog for listing of available courses.

NMSU Viewing a Wider World (see catalog for listing of courses) (6)

One VWW area will be satisfied using the nine-hour rule. Students with Biology as their home department will use GENE courses and students with Plant and Environmental Science as their home department use BIOL courses.

Basic Science Background Requirements (42 credits)

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

BCHE 395Biochemistry I

3 cr.

BCHE 396Biochemistry II

3 cr.

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr. (6P)

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

 

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II

3 cr.

or

PHYS 221GGeneral Physics for Life Sciences I

3 cr.

PHYS 222GGeneral Physics for Life Sciences II

3 cr.

Core Requirements (42-44 credits from Tier I, II, and III courses)

Tier I courses (all are required)

BCHE 494Biochemical Genetics Laboratory

3 cr. (1.25+6P)

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

BIOL 311General Microbiology

3 cr.

BIOL 311 LGeneral Microbiology Laboratory

2 cr. (4P)

BIOL 377Cell Biology

3 cr.

GENE 110Experimental Systems in Genetics

1 cr.

GENE 305 LGenetic Techniques

1 cr. (3P)

GENE 315Molecular Genetics

3 cr.

GENE 320Hereditary and Population Genetics

3 cr.

GENE 440Genetics Seminar

1 cr.

GENE 452Applied Bioinformatics

3 cr.

Tier II courses (choose one course from each of the following four areas)

Selection response
AGRO 462Plant Breeding

3 cr.

ANSC 423Animal Breeding

3 cr. (2+2P)

BIOL 467Evolution

3 cr.

Physiology
ANSC 421Physiology of Reproduction

4 cr. (3+2P)

BIOL 354Physiology of Humans

3 cr.

BIOL 381Animal Physiology

3 cr.

BIOL 385An Introduction to Cancer

3 cr.

BIOL 451Physiology of Microorganisms

3 cr.

BIOL 474Immunology

3 cr.

EPWS 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

HORT 471Plant Mineral Nutrition

3 cr.

Organism structure
ANSC 370Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

4 cr. (3+2P)

BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 322Zoology

3 cr. (2+3P)

BIOL 330Comparative Anatomy and Embryology

4 cr. (3+3P)

BIOL 470Developmental Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 465Invertebrate Zoology

4 cr. (3+3P)

EPWS 303Economic Entomology

4 cr. (3+2P)

Molecular Genetics
BIOL 475Virology

3 cr.

BIOL 478Molecular Biology of Microorganisms

3 cr.

GENE 486Genes and Genomes

3 cr.

GENE 488Gene Regulation

3 cr.

Tier III courses (Choose one science and ethics course from the following)

AGRO 303VGenetics and Society

3 cr.

HON 306VScience, Ethics and Society

3 cr.

PHIL 321Biomedical Ethics

3 cr.

Additional courses

Electives to bring total to 120 credits including 48 upper division credits.

Recommended Electives (Honors College)

Nine credits from the following:

HON 205GLife, Energy, and Evolution

4 cr. (3+3P)

HON 214Successful Fellowship Writing

1 cr.

HON 225GHistory of Ethics

3 cr.

Nine credits from the following:

HON 306VScience, Ethics and Society

3 cr.

HON 314Successful Fellowship Writing

1 cr.

HON 322VScience and Public Policy

3 cr.

HON 410Honors Internship

3-6 cr.

Three credits:

HON 400Honors Thesis

3 cr.

Bioinformatics

Students may pursue a minor in Bioinformatics after consulting with an advisor in the Computer Science Department. There are 19 credits of coursework required for this minor which include:

C S 171GIntroduction to Computer Science

4 cr. (3+2P)

C S 272Introduction to Data Structures

4 cr. (3+2P)

 

C S 370Compilers and Automata Theory

4 cr. (3+2P)

or

C S 371Software Development

4 cr. (3+2P)

 

C S 486Bioinformatics

3 cr.