Field of Study: Genetics
Genetics is the study of the units of heredity known as genes.
Genetics programs include topics such as:
- Mechanisms of gene regulation
- Chromosome structure and replication
- DNA repair and recombination
- Molecular evolution
- Gene therapy
- Statistics and research methodology
In genetics programs, students may be able to specialize in:
- Human/medical genetics
- Plant genetics
- Animal genetics
- Molecular genetics
- Genome sciences/genomics
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.
Few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in genetics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
Many universities or medical schools offer graduate degrees in genetics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.