You will take a total of 120 credit hours to complete the Genetics and Genomic Sciences Program. These include courses in the UAB Core Curriculum and general electives. Learn more about the core curricumlum and other basic requirements in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Genetics and Genomic Sciences students working with gene models. Honors

Interested in advanced research option and an enhanced program of study? Check out our Honors Program for qualified students.

Research

Qualified non-Honors students will be encouraged, but not required, to participate in research as part of their studies. To participate in research non-Honors students must:
  • receive permission from the program directors before joining a research lab;
  • have completed at least 45 credit hours;
  • have a 3.5 GPA in GGS and Biology courses;
  • have a 3.2 GPA overallh
  • have already completed BY 123 and 123L, BY 124 and 124L, BY 210, CH 115/116, and CH 117/118; and
  • identify a faculty sponsor who is willing to serve as your mentor
Non-Honors students will register for the GGS 400-level Research and Senior Research Seminar courses.

Suggested Course Schedule

Fall Semester

  • Success in College (CAS 112; 1 credit)
  • Introductory Biology I & Laboratory (BY 123 and 123L; 4 credit hours)
  • General Chemistry I and Laboratory (CH 115/116; 4 credit hours)
  • English Composition I (EH 101; 3 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 15

Spring Semester

  • Introductory Biology II & Laboratory (BY 124 and 124L; 4 credit hours)
  • General Chemistry II and Laboratory (CH 117/118; 4 credit hours)
  • English Composition II (EH 102; 3 credit hours)
  • Bioethics (PHL 116; 3 credit hours, Core II)
Total Credit Hours: 14

Fall Semester

  • Genetics (BY 210; 3 credit hours)
  • Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics* (GGSC 320; 1 credit hour)
  • Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory (CH 235/236; 4 credit hours)
  • Calculus I (MA 125; 4 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 15
*GGS majors must take the Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics course at least 4 times.

Spring Semester

  • Genome Structure and Organization (GGSC 310; 3 credit hours)
  • Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics* (GGSC 320; 1 credit hour)
  • Cell Biology (BY 330; 3 credit hours)
  • Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory (CH 237/238; 4 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 14
*GGS majors must take the Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics course at least 4 times.

Fall Semester

  • Genetic Basis of Human Disease (GGSC 410; 3 credit hours)
  • Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics* (GGSC 320; 1 credit hour)
  • GGS Honors or Non-Honors Research** (GGSC 380/390) or General Elective Course (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Statistics (MA 180; 3 credit hours)
  • General Elective Course (3 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 16
*GGS majors must take the Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics course at least 4 times.
**Required for Honors Program students.

Spring Semester

  • Bioinformatics (GGSC 420; 3 credit hours)
  • Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics* (GGSC 320; 1 credit hour)
  • GGS Honors or Non-Honors Research** (GGSC 380/390) or General Elective Course (3 credit hours)
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CH 460; 3 credit hours)
  • General Elective Course (3 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 16
*GGS majors must take the Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics course at least 4 times.
**Required for Honors Program students.

Fall Semester

  • Elective GGS/Biology 400 Level Class (3 credit hours)
  • Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics* (GGSC 320; 1 credit hour)
  • GGS Honors or Non-Honors Research** (GGSC 380/390) or General Elective Course (3 credit hours)
  • College Physics I and Laboratory (PH 201/221; 4 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
Total Credit Hours: 14
*GGS majors must take the Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics course at least 4 times.
**Required for Honors Program students.

Spring Semester

  • Elective GGS/Biology 400 Level Class (3 credit hours)
  • *Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics (GGSC 320; 1 credit hour)
  • **GGS Honors or Non-Honors Senior Seminar (GGSC 380/390; 3 credit hours)
  • College Physics II & Laboratory (PH 202/222; 4 credit hours)
  • Core II or IV (3 credit hours)
  • General Elective Courses (5 credit hours, 2 credit hours if taking Honors or Non-Honors Senior Seminar class)
Total Credit Hours: 16
*GGS majors must take the Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics course at least 4 times.

**Required for Honors Program students.


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