Applying to the Undergraduate Major in Genetics

The degree in genetics is a unique program that offers undergraduate majors classroom training in fundamentals of genetics and other sciences, as well as opportunities for meaningful research experience. The new degree in genetics will be the first major in genetics in the UNC system.

The genetics major complements other degree programs in the biological and life sciences at N.C. State, as it prepares students for further graduate study, professional schools (such as, medical, dental, veterinary) or careers in industries whose products are based on biological and agricultural research, including biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Building on the strength of N.C. State as a leader in science and technology, graduates from the program easily may earn a concurrent minor in any of the other life sciences curricula, as well as other programs such as statistics or biotechnology.

Responsible conduct as a scientist and citizen will be emphasized in the genetics coursework, and students will also have the opportunities for public service and engagement through participation in the departmental genetics outreach program. Students will be challenged to master their coursework while practicing hands-on problem-solving in both the classroom and active research settings and students will be required to read the primary literature and present papers and their research findings, thus gaining valuable experience in scientific communication.

Admission into the Program in Genetics will be based on your application, an interview, and space availability.

The minimum requirements for admission to the Program in Genetics are a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a grade of ‘B’ or better in GN 311. The application is to be submitted electronically using the CODA system. Applicants should also submit a personal statement that explains why they want to add or change to a Genetics Major, and details their genetics-related activities such as clubs, research, etc. This statement should be submitted to Dr. Betty Gardner ( and the Genetics Program at