The mission of the Genomics minor is to expand students understanding of biology to incorporate bioinformatic and genomic methods for asking questions, collecting data, and solving problems. Students who participate in the Genomics program will: 1) pursue careers of their choosing that use their interdisciplinary genomics training; 2) analyze complex datasets to discern patterns and detect connections between seemingly unrelated biological events; and 3) communicate complex, data-rich information clearly and concisely.
The genomics interdisciplinary minor fulfills National Research Council recommendations to provide undergraduates with a strong foundation in biological, mathematical, physical and information sciences. The diverse academic background provided by this interdisciplinary minor in the context of a liberal arts education will help prepare students of all majors for exciting fields such as drug discovery, pharmaceutical industry, biomedical sciences, patent law, and ethics.
If you are interested in pursuing the genomics interdisciplinary minor, you should contact one of the two primary advisers, Malcolm Campbell and Laurie Heyer, as early as possible to discuss curriculum options. If you decide to pursue the interdisciplinary minor you must submit a written application to either of the primary genomics advisors no later than the last day of the spring term in your junior year.
Certification of completion of all requirements for the interdisciplinary minor is made by the registrar upon the recommendation of the genomics advisors.
Additional information about the genomics interdisciplinary minor is available in the College Catalog.