Biology Major: Genomics and Computational Biology

As a biology major in the genomics and computational biology track, you will study the vital processes of all organisms and the environments in which they flourish. In the genomics and computational biology track, you will focus on the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes. You will also use biological data to better understand relations among biological systems.

sample courses:

Eukaryotic Genomes

An advanced exploration of the structure and function of DNA within the eukaryotic nucleus. Lecture and discussion cover topics of chromatin and chromosome structure, control of gene transcription, RNA processing, and DNA replication and repair. The relevance of these topics to the genetic basis of human disease is discussed. Throughout, the experimental data that shape our current understanding are emphasized. Course grades based on exams, problem sets and short papers. Lecture 3 hours per week plus required discussion section meeting every other week.

Laboratory on DNA Manipulation

This course provides investigation-driven research on experimental manipulation of DNA and RNA molecules. This includes the construction, isolation and analysis of plasmids, RNA, PCR products and DNA sequencing. Molecular cloning (genetic engineering), gene knockouts (mutants), RNA isolation, RT-PCR, and microarray projects are performed.

our students have gone on to become:

Biochemists

Genetic Engineers

Healthcare Administrators

Physicians

Scientific Editors/Writers

Teachers/Professors