Genetics Minor Coursework

The Program in Genetics offers an Undergraduate Minor in Genetics to provide students with strong preparation in the principles of genetics. This Minor is appropriate for (but not limited to) students with majors in Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Crop Science, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Nutrition Science, Plant Biology, Plant and Soil Sciences, Poultry Science, and Zoology.

The Genetics Minor requires 18 credit hours: 12 specified, three restricted elective and three unrestricted elective. A grade of “C” or better is required for all Genetics Minor courses.

The course requirements were changed effective Fall 2011. If you filed the paperwork to declare your minor BEFORE the Fall 2011 term please use the Degree Audit feature in your MyPack Portal to plan your courses.

SPECIFIED COURSES (12 credit hours) Credit Hours
GN 311 Principles of Genetics (F, S, Sum) 4
GN 312 Elementary Genetics Laboratory (F, S) 1
ST 311 or
ST 371
Introduction to Statistics (F, S, Sum)
Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory (F, S, Sum)
BCH 351 or
BCH 451
General Biochemistry (F, S, Sum)
Principles of Biochemistry (F, S, Sum)
GN 421 or
GN 423
Advanced Genetics/Molecular Genetics (F, S, Sum)
Population, Quantitative, and Evolutionary Genetics (S)
GN 421 Advanced Genetics/Molecular Genetics (F, S, Sum) 3
GN 423 Population, Quantitative, and Evolutionary Genetics (S) 3
GN 434 Genes and Development (F, S, Sum); Prereq: GN 421 3
GN 441 Human and Biomedical Genetics (F); Prereq: GN 421 3
GN 451 Genome Science (S); Prereq: GN 423 3
GN 490 Genetics Colloquium; Prereq: GN 421 1
GN 492 External Learning Experience (F, S, Sum) 1-3
GN 493 Special Problems in Genetics (F, S, Sum) 1-3
ALS 498 Honors Research (F, S, Sum) 1-3
ALS 499 Honors Research (F, S, Sum) 1-3


If not taken as one of the Restricted Elective Courses.
The courses must involve a genetics topic that is approved by the UG Coordinator prior to the start of the course.

Students may declare their intention to complete the Genetics minor by consulting with Dr. Betty Gardner, Undergraduate Minor Coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the minor early in their programs so they receive information on Genetics courses and activities from the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Dr. Betty Gardner will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.

Dr. Betty Gardner
Teaching Associate Professor
2526A Thomas Hall
Betty Gardner