Degree Requirements

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Numbers in parentheses in the following tables indicate course credits, with 1 cr. equivalent to one hour per week in class for a full semester. Generally 3 hours of laboratory work are equivalent to 1 credit.  The B.S. in Genetics requires a minimum of 120 cr. Courses are available in both fall and spring unless otherwise noted, and some are also available during the summer term. 

Requirements vary by catalog year.  Year of entry generally determines the catalog year although students may elect to move to a newer (but not older) catalog than their year of entry.  Requirements for the Genetics major did not change between 2010 and 2015.  Starting with the 2016-17 catalog, an additional requirement for a course in the bioinformatics/computational biology area was added.

2015-2016 (and earlier) catalogs: You can download a detailed description of the major requirements: Detailed 15-16 Degree Req.pdf or the four year plans for the major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Genetics genetics_4_year_plan_agls_2015-16.pdf or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences genetics_4_year_plan_las_2015-16.pdf.

2016-17 (and later) catalogs: Students are on the catalog of the year of entry to Iowa State but can choose to switch to a newer catalog. The requirements for the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 catalogs are identical.  However, Math 181, Math 182, and Stat 401 are no longer available.  If already taken, they can be used. Students should take Math 160 or 165 as their first calculus class and choose either Math 166 or Stat 301 to fulfill the third course. To avoid confusion, only the checklist and sample four-year plans for 2018-19 are shown here. Use these for any catalog 2016 or later.

Files:

genetics_checklist_18-19_catalog.docx

genetics_4_year_plan_agls_2018-19.pdf

genetics_4_year_plan_las_2018-19.pdf

 

Genetics and Other Life Sciences

GEN 110 (1) or GEN 112 (0.5) Genetics Orientation (fall only) or GEN 112 (spring only)
BIOL 211 (3) /211L (1) Principles of Biology I with laboratory
BIOL 212 (3) /212L (1) Principles of Biology II with laboratory
3-4 credits Environmental Awareness Required only for majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (see list of courses under elective choices)
GEN 313 (3) /313L (1) Principles of Genetics with laboratory
BIOL 314 (3) Molecular Cell Biology
BIOL 315 (3) Biological Evolution
MICRO 302 (3) Biology of Microorganisms
GEN 322 (3) or GEN 349 (3) or GEN 444 (4) or BCBIO 402 (3)

Introduction to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (fall), The Genome Perspective in Biology (spring) or Bioinformatic Analysis (fall), Fundamentals of Systems Biology and Network Science (spring)

(One of these courses is only required for 2016 and newer catalogs)

GEN 409 (3) Molecular Genetics (fall or spring)
GEN 410 (3) Analytical Genetics (fall or spring)
GEN 462 (3) or EEOB 561 (3) or EEOB 563 (3) Evolutionary Genetics (fall), Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics (alternate spring), or Molecular Phylogenetics (alternate spring)
GEN 491 (1) Undergraduate Seminar (fall or spring)
Advanced Biological Science Electives (6) 6 credits from list of department approved courses in Genetics and related disciplines

Mathematics and Statistics

STAT 101 (3) or STAT 104 (3) Principles of Statistics, or Introduction to Statistics
MATH 160 (4) or MATH 165 (4) or MATH 181* (4) Survey of Calculus, or Calculus I, or Calculus and Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences I (*no longer offered)
MATH 166 (4) or MATH 182* (4) or STAT 301 (4) or STAT 401* (4) 166- Calculus II, or 181* Calculus and Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences II (*no longer offered), or 301-Intermediate Statistical Concepts and Methods, or 401*-Statistical Methods for Research Workers (*no longer offered)

 

Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

CHEM 177 (4) /177L (1) General Chemistry I with laboratory
CHEM 178 (3) /178L (1) General Chemistry II with laboratory
CHEM 331 (3) /331L (1) Organic Chemistry I with laboratory
CHEM 332 (3 )/332L (1) Organic Chemistry II with laboratory
BBMB 404 (3) or BBMB 420 (3) Biochemistry I, or Physiological Chemistry
BBMB 405 (3) or CHEM 211 (2) /211L (2) or CHEM 325 (3) or BBMB 411 (3) Biochemisty II, Quantitative and Environmental Analysis with laboratory, or Chemical Thermodynamics, or Techniques in Biochemical Research. If BBMB 420 is used for the first semester of biochemistry, then BBMB 405 cannot be used as the second semester.
PHYS 111 (5) or PHYS 221 (5) General Physics I, or Introduction to Classical Physics I. General physics does not require a previous calculus course whereas classical physics is calculus-based.
PHYS 112 (5) or PHYS 222 (5) General Physics II, or Introduction to Classical Physics II. General physics does not require a previous calculus course whereas classical physics is calculus-based.

 

University Requirements

ENGL 150 (3) Critical Thinking and Communication
ENGL 250 (3) Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Communication Minimum C. Students may go directly to ENGL 250 without first taking ENGL 150 if they have an ACT E score of 24 or higher or an equivalent SAT score. After completing ENGL 250 with a C or better, students receive credit for ENGL 150.
LIB 160 (1) Library Instruction
International Perspectives (3) One course in this area from a university approved list is required. This course can count simultaneously for both the university requirement in International Perspectives and a college requirement in the humanities or social sciences area.
U. S. Diversity (3) One course in this area from a university approved list is required. This course can count simultaneously for both the university requirement in International Perspectives and a college requirement in the humanities or social sciences area.

 

Requirements for majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

SPCM 212 (3) or AGEDS 311 (3) Fundamentals of Public Speaking, or Presentation Strategies
Ethics (3) One course from a college approved list is required.
Social Sciences (3) One course from a college approved list is required.
Arts and Humanities (3) One course from a college approved list is required.
Advanced English Writing (3) One upper level English course from a department approved list is required.

 

Requirements for majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

World Languages (0-8) This requirement is met by three or more years of the same foreign language in high school or by completion of a World Languages 102-level course.
Social Sciences (9) Three courses from the college approved list are required.
Arts and Humanities (12) Four courses from a college approved list are required.
Advanced English Writing (3) One upper level English course from a department approved list is required.