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Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Program Overview

This unique degree is for students who desire combined training in biotechnology and plant genetics. It is a relatively new discipline representing one of the most exciting developments in biological sciences in today's world. Students completing this degree will find themselves at the very forefront of biology in the 21st century.

Within this major, students will chose to complete either the science track or the business track. Each track includes a comprehensive core of courses in genetics, biology and chemistry along with more specialized offerings.

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Program Summary

Program Credits: 60.0 - 62.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: PWS 188


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. All genetics students are encouraged to find a research mentor on campus as soon as possible to help develop skills and prepare for future employment (visit to find the research interests of faculty across the College of Life Sciences). These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

NOTE: Many graduates from this major go on to enter medical, physician assistant, dental, and pharmacy programs.

With a Bachelors

  • Biological Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician
  • Customer Experience Specialist at a Biotech Company

With a Masters

  • Zoologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Agricultural and Food Scientist Technician
  • Plant Geneticist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Clinical Research Associate

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Gale Larson

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Gale. Loves. Students. Besides being a student herself for many years while working on her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she also spent many years as a Spanish teacher. From her own words: “My students teach me so much! They are my heroes and are great examples!”

Aside from her exceptional talent in advising students, Gale is also a skilled pianist and singer. You can find her sharing her musical talents at her local church congregation, in which she loves attending with her husband. She also loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Having multiple deaf family members, language and inclusion are very important to Gale. She signs and speaks Spanish.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Gale, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.