Molecular genetics is an exciting field that combines the study of molecular biology and genetics to understand the molecular structure of DNA and how genes are expressed within organisms. Rapid technological advancements in the field, including breakthroughs in genetic engineering and DNA sequencing, continue to enable new discoveries in our understanding of genetic factors and their impact on life and disease. Pursuing a B.S. in Molecular Genetics gives students endless opportunities to explore and is a great fit for those interested in medical school, graduate school or a health-related profession.
The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department is unique at UVM because it exists within two colleges: the Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine (LCOM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). From this position, it allows undergraduates to interact with faculty from diverse departments such as Animal Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics and Pharmacology. It also allows undergraduates to have research opportunities in laboratories doing biomedical research in the Larner College of Medicine and prepares them to go on to an advanced M.D. or Ph.D. degree in medicine, biotechnology, microbiology, and biochemistry.