Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology
Molecular Genetics Fundamentals
Exhibit a broad understanding of core molecular genetics and biology concepts including bioinformatics, molecular biology, genetics, cellular biology, physiology and evolution.
Biotechnology Skills and Practices
Independently perform key biotechnology and molecular biology benchwork protocols and can use popular computational software packages for DNA sequence analysis as they apply to plant and animal improvement programs or microbial genomics. Graduates of the biotechnology business track will have additional skills acquired from case studies-oriented management courses.
Genome Organization and Manipulation
Explain key concepts of genome organization and manipulation in depth, for example genetic map construction, sequencing methods and strategies, genome annotation, comparative genomics, global gene expression profiling, metagenomics, and transgenic plant and animal technologies. Also, students can independently assemble bacterial genomes and parse metagenomic sequencing data.
Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Demonstrate proficiency in applying the quantitative and analytical skills necessary for successful research science and/or clinical health careers. Examples include designing properly controlled experiments (PWS288 and PWS469), critically analyzing experimental data in the literature (MMBIO 240, PDBIO 360), and writing scripts to parse genomic datasets (BIO165, PWS468, PWS469)
Literature Summation and Discussion
Graduates can summarize the background, methodology, results and conclusions of a set of experiments, as published in a single or in multiple related scientific papers, and lead classroom discussions on them.