Entry Requirements to declare the Major
Students wishing to major in the Department of Genetics must have been enrolled at Rutgers for at least one semester.
In addition, students must:
- Be an SAS student
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 (note that a GPA of 2.80 is required to do research, which is a mandatory requirement of the major)
- Have earned a C or better in these courses (or equivalents):
- General Biology (119:115-116)
- General Biology Lab (119:117)
- General Chemistry (either 160:161-162 or 160:163-164)
- Mathematics (either 640:135-138, or 640:151-152, or 640:135 and 960:401 [Stats], or 640:151 and 960:401 [Stats])
- Attend a Genetics Major Declaration Meeting
A grade of "C" or better in courses credited toward the major is required for graduation, and each course may be repeated only once to replace D/F grades.
Genetics Major Declaration Meeting
Major Declaration Meetings will be held twice a semester, once before pre-registration and once during add/drop.
The meeting will cover the requirements and expectations of a Genetics Major. All students are required to register for, and attend, this meeting before being approved for the major.
To register, please click the link below.
To declare the Major:
Students in SAS should do this electronically at: https://secure.sas.rutgers.edu/apps/mymajor/.
Students may not double major in two biological sciences majors. Please contact the Vice-Chair if you have any questions about a second major.
All communication with students conducted electronically must be through your Rutgers email address. No alternate email addresses may be used.
Advisors are assigned based on student last name and graduation year. For a list of advisors, click here.
Requirements for the Major
A. Life Science Core Courses (18 credits)
See Genetics Curriculum Worksheet for approved course numbers. Approved AP and Transfer credits may be substituted.
- Organic Chemistry: Organic Chemistry I & II and Lab
- Intro to Experimentation
- Physics: General Physics I & II and Labs I & II
B. Genetics Core Courses (17 credits)
These courses are required for all Genetics Majors. All must be completed at Rutgers.
- B1. Genetics Core Sequence
- B.2. Lab Course requirement (minimum 3 credits)
- Honors Computational Genetics (447:203 - Honors freshman only)
- Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics (447:302)- offered in spring semester
- Computational Genetics of big Data (447:303)- offered in fall
- Introduction to Research in Genetics (447:315)- offered in spring semester
- Introduction to Molecular Biology Research (694:214 - freshman only)- offered in spring semester
- Honors Molecular Biology Research (694:215 - Honors freshman only)- offered in fall semester
- Honors Introduction to research in Molecular Biology (694:316) - offered in fall
- B.3. Biochemistry (minimum 3 credits)
- B.4. Communication in Genetics (3 credits)
Students conducting Honors research take 414-415, all others take 430.
- Effective Communication Skills in Genetics (447:430) – Prereq: completing at least one semester of independent scholarship
- Thesis Writing and Communication in Genetics (447:414-415) (For students conducting Honors research)
C. Independent Scholarship (minimum 6 credits)
- C.1. Research courses:
- Research in Genetics 447:406-407
- Honors in Genetics 447:408-409
- Research in Genetics - Writing intensive 447:410
- C.2. Other courses:
- Genetic Counseling Rotation 447:488 (reserved for Genetic Counseling Certificate Students)
- Advanced Independent Study in Genetics 447:489-490
D. Genetics Electives (minimum 6 credits)
- See Student Handbook for Courses
- At least 50% must be taken within the Genetics Major (i.e. 01:447 courses)
E. Additional courses from Genetics Electives, Independent Scholarship, or Lab courses (6 credits minimum)
- These may be chosen from approved Genetics Electives (D), Independent Scholarship (C), or Lab Courses (B.2).
- Honors students must complete at least 12 credits of Independent Scholarship (total 12: 6 from C.1 and 6 from E).
See the Student Handbook for examples of pathways through the Genetics Major.
Optional 1.5 Credit Course
Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences 01:960:210 Section 6, Medicine Bio, and Health. Learn about the ways that SAS majors build relevant skills for many jobs and have fun working with others to explore options.