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Undergraduate Degree in Genetics

Genetics is one of the most exciting, rapidly expanding areas in the life sciences. More than an independent discipline, it has become the basis for understanding many aspects of medical and agricultural systems, animal and plant diseases, and even animal behavior. Developments in molecular genetics have provided biotechnologies that will dramatically affect our lives from the improved diagnosis of human disease, to the production of viral-resistant crops, to environmental cleanup.

The undergraduate curriculum in genetics allows the study of several different aspects of genetics, including population genetics, human genetics and genetic engineering. The genetics major is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced studies in all disciplines related to life sciences from medicine/veterinary medicine to genetic engineering. This basic science curriculum also has enough flexibility to allow a student to prepare for diverse careers such as forensics, medicine, business or law.

The curriculum in Genetics is administered by the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Many members of the Faculty of Genetics teach both undergraduate and graduate courses and provide research opportunities in their laboratories for undergraduate students.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics (SURGe) at Texas A&M University

The Program: Students can participate in a 10-week summer research program under the direction of the Genetics / Genomics faculty. Topics of research include:

  • Biomedical Genetics / Genomics
  • Animal Genetics / Genomics
  • Plant Genetics / Genomics
  • Evolutionary Genetics / Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Genetics / Genomics
  • Microbial Genetics / Genomics

Students will have weekly meetings, which allows them to explore research and career opportunities in genetics and genomics, discuss research ethics, information for applying to graduate schools, and learn effective oral and written presentation skills. Additionally, participants will take GENE 489, a 3-cr course ‘Introductory Bioinformatics’, that will provide training modern bioinformatics tools via command-line that are used in genetics and genomics and which can be transferred to their home institution. Financial support will include a stipend of $5500, in addition to living expenses (room and board) on campus, and travel expenses.

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students majoring in genetics, genomics, biology, or any life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have finished their third year and have already taken a genetics course. However, outstanding students who have completed their second year of college work will also be considered. This program is committed to provide research opportunities for students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. Due to funding sources, preference is given to US citizens and permanent residents.

The application cycle for Summer 2021 is CLOSED.

  • Your application must include:
    • completed application form, (Online Application is CLOSED)
    • statement of purpose and goals
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • transcript from undergraduate institution (unofficial transcript is OK for review of application)

If you have any questions or concerns, email Dr. Ximena Paez-Colasante (