Molecular biology has revolutionized the fields of genetics and microbiology.

The Department of Molecular Genetics offers Specialist and Major programs in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, which emphasize the molecular aspects of both disciplines. Genetics, the science of heredity, and microbiology, the study of microorganisms (microbes), have long served as meeting grounds for a variety of biological disciplines. Developments in genetics and microbiology have contributed greatly to our basic understanding of the fundamental processes of life as well as to the treatment of genetic and infectious diseases.

Career opportunities for graduates include employment in research institutes, universities and other educational institutions, as well as industry. The programs provide excellent preparation for post-graduate research and professional programs.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Specialist program

is a research-intensive program and is designed to provide strong in-depth training in science, including critical analyses of scientific concepts and literature, advanced laboratory experience, and detailed understanding and application of molecular biology.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Major Program

offers students fundamental training in molecular genetics and microbiology. Students tailor their own program and may focus on a microbiology major, a genetic major, or a combination; they choose a path to suit their specific interests.

Major Program in Genome Biology


is a program cosponsored with the Department of Cell and system Biology & the Department of Ecology and Evolution.