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Our students frequently pursue careers in fields anchored in an understanding of biology. Many go on to graduate school while others go to various professional programs in medicine or a medically relevant field. A few go off the beaten path and explore options in business or law, where they find their unique training in biology provides an advantage in this competitive labor market.
Our department hosts a diverse array of internationally respected scientists with expertise in several fields including development, stem cells, cancer, microbiology and infectious disease, cell biology, biochemistry and protein structure, genomics, and bioinformatics. This diversity is our strength and students that choose to study with us find that almost anything they find interesting is being studied by one of our faculty members.
The specialist program is designed to be a research-intensive program that gives students the necessary training to pursue graduate education in a field that uses modern techniques in molecular biology (genomics, cancer research, microbiology, stem cells). For this reason we place emphasis on laboratory courses and courses, particularly in the fourth year, that cover current topics of research in great detail. Many of the students who choose a specialist degree go on to graduate school although many others go to earn professional degrees in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, etc. Students in our specialist program have additional access to research opportunities and are invited to our annual retreat where they interact directly with professors, post-docs and graduate students.
The major program is designed to give students a basic and fundamental understanding of molecular genetics and/or microbiology. Less emphasis is placed on laboratory work but there is increased flexibility to combine classes with other majors. Several of our MGY major students have chosen second majors in Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell and Systems Biology (Genome Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology), various Human Biology programs (Health and Disease, Global Health, Neuroscience, and Genes Genetics and Biotechnology).