Genome Biology

  • This is a joint program between EEB, Cell & Systems Biology, and Molecular Genetics.
  • For advising for the Genome Biology Major program (including program forms) consult the CSB Undergraduate Office.

About this Program

Genomics, the study of the structure, function and evolution of the genome, is among the newest and most rapidly growing fields of both basic and applied science, and nearly all of the more traditional disciplines in biology are being revolutionized by genomic tools. The growing flood of data on the DNA, RNA and protein sequences of organisms provides unprecedented opportunities to address fundamental biological questions such as the causes of disease, the genetic basis of development, the extent and causes of adaptive evolution, and the nature of gene regulation.

Genome biology is a highly interdisciplinary field, encompassing concepts and practices from such diverse fields as Cell and Molecular Biology, Evolutionary Genetics, and Computer Science. Students in the Genome Biology program will receive a uniquely broad training in these concepts and practices, with a key focus on conceptual training in molecular biology, bioinformatics and evolutionary genetics, and practical training in both computational and wet-lab genomics research.  A critical requirement of the Genome Biology Major program is a practical laboratory component that provides hands-on experience with the collection and/or analysis of genomic data sets. This diverse course offering allows students to customize their educational experience to match their personal interests.

A major in Genome Biology provides a diversity of career options, and given the exponential growth of the field in both the private and public sectors, graduates will have unique skill sets for a wealth of employment opportunities.