Information for Prospective Students

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The Major in Genetics provides an excellent background in the natural sciences within a liberal arts curriculum. We provide comprehensive instruction in Mendelian, molecular, evolutionary, statistical and mathematical genetics. Students in the Department of Genetics work on important research problems with renowned scientists in state-of-the-art laboratories. These opportunities are only possible in a major research university. Our students enjoy small class sizes and the personal attention that one would expect only at at a smaller college.  Every student is assigned a faculty advisor upon declaring the major to discuss course selection and career goals.  Upon completion of our degree our students are prepared to enter graduate or professional schools or the workforce.  

Undergraduate research is the intellectual heart of our major. The Department of Genetics is committed to teaching science through the way we do science. That is, through the process of doing research. Every student completes a minimum of two semesters of laboratory research or independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Many of our students are authors on papers published in leading scientific journals. All our undergraduate majors are offered the opportunities formerly available only to honors students.

The Department of Genetics is one of the smaller departments at Rutgers University but we consistently rank among the top three departments for students completing an honors thesis.

Our undergraduate majors are highly competitive for Summer Research Fellowships such the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Duke University Summer Fellowship in the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.

Our graduates are routinely accepted at top graduate schools or medical schools such as the University of Chicago, Georgetown University, Rutgers/RWJMS, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie-Mellon, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Case Western University and Cornell.

Students interested in careers in Genetics might be interested in this page at Career Services: