The department encourages and fosters research, dissemination of knowledge and public service aimed at understanding and contributing to advances in the genetics of humans and model organisms. Faculty members conduct cutting-edge research and prepare undergraduate and graduate students for diverse careers in science, medicine and education. The ultimate aim is the betterment of the human condition through progress in genetics research conducted within an ethical framework.
Undergraduate research is the intellectual heart of our major. The Department of Genetics is committed to teaching science through the way we do science. That is, through the process of research and discovery. Students in the Department of Genetics work on important research problems with renowned scientists in state-of-the-art laboratories. These research opportunities are only possible in a major research university with substantial extramural funding. At same time, students enjoy small class sizes and the personal attention that one would expect only at a much smaller college.