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Option Genetics Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Biology - College of Science



The Biology major Genetics option is designed to provide a solid background in genetic theory and methods, as well as their application to evolutionary questions. Option students couple the core biological sciences background from the Biology major with genetics laboratory-intensive course work in addition to electives in the areas of evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics. Undergraduate research or internship experience is strongly recommended for option students, and three credits can be applied to the Upper-division Science Elective requirements. The Genetics option is an excellent way to prepare for graduate programs in genetics and evolutionary biology.



Options in the Biology major require fifteen or fewer additional credits (one term) beyond the basic Biology major, and most students can complete the additional course work in the Genetics option in four years.

Courses used to satisfy the Genetics option requirements also satisfy the Physiology and Upper-division Science Elective requirements for the Biology major. Students who take BI 315 Molecular Biology Laboratory also complete the major WIC requirement, while students who take BB 493 Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 must complete an additional approved WIC course for their upper-division elective.

The statistics courses in the Genetics option also complete half of the Biology major statistics requirement (ST 352).

It is recommended that Genetics option students take COMM 111 *Public Speaking (3) to complete the Biology major baccalaureate core communications requirement.

For further information, see MyDegrees or the Integrative Biology website at http://ib.oregonstate.edu.

Core (22 credits)

BB/BI 315. ^Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
   or BB 493 Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 (3) (BB/BI 315 recommended)
BB 494. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 2 (3)
BI 483. Population Biology (3) 
ST 411, ST 412. Methods of Data Analysis (4,4) (following completion of ST 351)
Z 425. Embryology and Development (5)

Evolutionary Genetics

Select one course from the following:
BB 484. Chromatin and Epigenetics (3)
BI 456. Phylogenetics (4) 
BOT 460. Functional Genomics (3)
BOT 475. Comparative Genomics (4)

Bioinformatics

Select one course from the following:
BB 485. Applied Bioinformatics (3)
BOT 476. Introduction to Computing in the Life Sciences (3)

Upper-division Science Elective

Select one course that meets the following conditions:
One 3+ credit, 300–400 level course from the College of Science (BB, BI, BOT, CH, MB, MTH, PH, ST, and Z) may be used to meet this requirement with the exception of the courses listed below as excluded. Students who do not complete BI 315 Molecular Biology Laboratory as part of the Genetics option must take a qualifying WIC course which can be used to meet this requirement. Other science courses outside of College of Science and courses that are taken internationally may be used by biology chief advisor approval. Courses from other majors, minors or baccalaureate core requirements not used to meet requirements above may also be used. Three credits of approved BI 401 Research or BI 410 Internship can also be used to meet this requirement.

EXCLUDED COURSES: 405 Reading and Conference, 406 Projects, 407 Seminar, 409 Practicum, BB 350, BB 490–BB 492, BI 331–BI 333, BI 341–BI 343, CH 334, CH 335, CH 336, ST 314 and any 399 or 499 courses not specifically approved.

Total=28–29 credits


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 517




 
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