PhD in Genetics Area Program

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites include the following courses or their equivalents: BIO_SC 2200 General Genetics, BIOCHM 4270 Biochemistry, STAT 1400 Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences.

In general, the minimum requirements for the PhD degree, beyond the requirements of the Graduate School, are outlined below.  Others are determined in consultation between the student and faculty advisor.

  • advanced courses in genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • regular participation in the genetics area seminar program
  • successful completion of a comprehensive examination
  • at least one semester of teaching in a genetics course
  • 3 seminar presentations
  • research, dissertation and oral defense
BIO_SC 8060Ethical Conduct of Research1
BIO_SC 8050Professional Survival Skills2
Core Courses - select one from each of 2 areas
At least one must be graduate level, and you must receive a grade of B or better.
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Biology
Topics in Chemistry (Bioorganic Chemistry of Nucleic Acids)
Molecular Biology II
Molecular Biology II
Molecular Methods in Nucleic Acids
Developmental Genetics
Developmental Genetics
Molecular Biology of Plant Growth and Development
Population and Quantitative Genetics
Advanced Plant Breeding
Applied Quantitative and Statistical Genetics
Applied Livestock Genetics
Genetics of Populations
Ecological Genetics
Specialty Courses - pick any two
At least one must be graduate level, and you must receive a grade of B or better.
Genetics of Particular Organisms
Human Inherited Diseases
Advanced Plant Genetics
Topics in Computer Science (Bioinformatics)
Foundations in Bacterial Pathogenesis
Genetics of Plant-Microorganism Interaction
Advanced Immunology
One elective approved by student's committee in life science, including genetics or ancillary subjects such as statistics, computer science, etc. Must be 3000 level or above with at least 3 credit hours.
GAP Seminar
All students must be enrolled every semester.
Student Seminars
Students are required to present 3 research seminars during their tenure. At least 1 must be given in the GAP seminar after the student's second year in the program. Other acceptable presentations, with approval of the student's committee, include a 15 minute talk or an in-person poster presentation at a national or international meeting, or in a public, advertised forum.

Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program website or ask the program contact for details.

Application Deadline

Fall deadline: January 15

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
93 580
  • Minimum GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 1100 4.5
On or after August 1, 2011 302 4.5
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One or more courses in each of the following: organic chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics (calculus and statistics), physics, introductory genetics
  • Research experience highly desirable
  • Broad background in biology

Note: Deficiencies in the subjects listed can be remedied after admission.

Required Application Materials

To the Graduate School:

  • All required Graduate School documents

To the Genetics Area Program:
Genetics Area Program application (download form from website)

  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (use provided form)
  • Personal statement

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