Course Requirements

At least 20 credits in 800 and 900 level courses and a minimum of 24 credits of doctoral dissertation research (GEN 999) are required.  The following categories (I, II, III, IV, V) of requirements must be completed. 

I. Complete each of the following:
BMB 801 - Molecular Biology (3 credits, Fall)
MMG 833 - Microbial Genetics (3 credits, Fall)
MMG/GEN 835 - Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics (3 credits, Spring)
GEN 810 - Theory and Practice of Teaching Genetics (1 credit/semester) 1 credit is required, students may accumulate a maximum of 3 credits

Responsible Conduct of Research Series sponsored by the Graduate School See the Graduate School web site for schedule:


II. Complete one genomics, quantitative or computational biology course from the following list.  Other courses may also be acceptable at the discretion of the Genetics Program Director:

BMB 961 - Genomics and Proteomics of Complex Genetic Systems  (2 credits, Fall)
BMB 961 - Concepts in Protein Structure Analysis and Modeling (2 credits, Fall, even years)
CSS 941 - Quantitative Genetics in Plant Breeding (3 credits, Spring, even years)
CSE 801 - Computational Science for Evolutionary Biologists (3 credits, Fall)
PLB 810 - Theories & Practices in Bioinformatics (3 credits, Spring, odd years)
PLB 812 - Principles and Applications of Plant Genomics (3 credits, Fall)
PHM 830 - Experimental Design and Data Analysis (3 credits, Fall)
STT 855 - Statistical Genetics (3 credits, Fall, odd years)
ZOL/PLB 851 - Quantitative Methods in Ecology and Evolution (3 credits, Fall)


III. Complete one other course in genetics from the following list. A second course from List II may also fulfill this requirement.  Other courses may also be acceptable at the discretion of the Genetics Program Director:

ANS 824 – Methods of Quantitative and Molecular Genetics for Livestock (3 credits, Fall odd years)
ENT 851 - Molecular Entomology (3 credits, Fall odd years)
FOR/FW 842 - Population Genetics, Genealogy, and Genomics (3 credits,  Fall)
FW 828 - Conservation Genetics (3 credits, Fall even years)
MMG 813 - Molecular Virology (3 credits, Spring even years)
MMG 837 - Human Molecular Genetics (3 credits, Fall of odd years)
MMG 861 – Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis (3 credits, Spring odd years)
PLB/ZOL 849 - Evolutionary Biology (3 credits, Spring)
PLB/BMB 856 - Plant Molecular and Genomic Biology (3 credits, Spring)
PLB 865 - Plant Growth and Development (3 credits, Fall even years)
PLP 881 - Molecular and Biochemical Plant Pathology (3 credits, Spring odd years)
PLP 884 – Prokaryotic Diseases of Plants (3 credits, Fall even years)
ZOL 855 - Molecular Evolution: Principles and Techniques (3 credits, Fall odd years)

IV. Complete four semesters of GEN 800 (1 credit each) during the four to five years of graduate study in the Genetics Program. Seminar courses from other departments may be acceptable at the discretion of the Genetics Program Director.

V. The student’s Guidance Committee may require additional course work and/or students may elect to take additional optional courses.