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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.