Genetics - Recommended Streams

Examples of degree structures that a student could take with Genetics as their major

Below are presented four example suggested Unit combinations (‘streams’) that students with different interests might pursue:

1. General Genetics, 2. Molecular Genetics, 3. Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics

  • Bold = core unit for major (+ compulsory SCI2010)
  • Standard text underlined = suggested unit for stream
  • Italics = optional unit for stream

1. General GeneticsThe general genetics stream gives a solid grounding in genetics. While other unit choices are flexible, it makes some recommendations for students wanting to take units that complement the core units in the Genetics major.

YearSemester 1Semester 2
1

BIO1011: Biology I

Choice of 3 other Level 1 units

BIO1022: Biology II

Choice of 3 other Level 1 units

2

GEN2041: Foundations of Genetics

MOL2011: Genes and their expression

Choice of 2 other Level 2  units

GEN2052: Genomics and Population Genetics
SCI2010: Scientific Practice and Communication1

Choice of 2 other Level 2  units

3GEN3040: Genomics and its Applications

GEN3051: Medical and Forensic Genetics
BIO3011: Research Methods


Choice of 1 other level 3 unit

GEN3030: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
GEN3062: Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics


GEN3990: Research in Action Project 2Choice of 1 other level 3 unit
1-SCI2010 can be taken in either semester
2-GEN3990 has a minimum academic performance prerequisite and can be taken in either semester

2. Molecular GeneticsThe molecular genetics stream suits students interested in how genes function at the molecular level to control phenotypes. This stream recommends taking a level 1 Chemistry sequence and the level 2 Molecular Biology units. Other units that fit well with molecular genetics are units from BCH, MIC, DEV, or other areas taught by the School of Biomedical Sciences.

YearSemester 1Semester 2
1

BIO1011: Biology I

CHM1011 or CHM1051

Choice of 2 other Level 1 units

BIO1022: Biology II

CHM1022 or CHM1052

Choice of 2 other Level 1 units

2

GEN2041: Foundations of Genetics

MCB2011: Molecular Biology and the Cell

Choice of 2 other Level 2  units

GEN2052: Genomics and Population GeneticsSCI2010: Scientific Practice and Communication1

MCB2022: The Dynamic Cell

Choice of 2 other Level 2  units

3

GEN3040: Genomics and its Applications

GEN3051: Medical and Forensic Genetics

Two of:
GEN3990: Research in Action2
Other level 3 units

GEN3030: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
GEN3062: Evolutionary & Ecological Genetics

Two of:
GEN3990: Research in Action2
Other level 3 units

1-SCI2010 can be taken in either semester
2-GEN3990 has a minimum academic performance prerequisite and can be taken in either semester

3. Evolutionary and Ecological GeneticsThis stream suits students interested in how genetic variation underpins phenotypic variation and the ability of organisms to adapt and evolve. This stream recommends taking ecology and evolutionary biology units that give students a broader view of how genes and the environment interact.

YearSemester 1Semester 2
1

BIO1011: Biology I

Choice of 3 other Level 1 units

BIO1022: Biology IIBIO1042: Environmental Biology

Choice of 2 other Level 1 units

2

GEN2041: Foundations of Genetics

BIO2011: Concepts in Ecology
BIO2060:Analytical Methods in Biology

Choice of 1 other Level 2  unit

GEN2052: Genomics and Population Genetics
SCI2010: Scientific Practice and Communication1

BIO2022: Evolutionary Ecology

Choice of 1 other Level 2  unit

3

GEN3040: Genomics and its Applications

GEN3051: Medical and Forensic Genetics
BIO3011: Research Methods

One of:
GEN3990: Research in Action2
Other level 3 BIO units

GEN3062: Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics
GEN3030: Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics


Two of:
GEN3990: Research in Action2
Other level 3 BIO units

1-SCI2010 can be taken in either semester
2-GEN3990 has a minimum academic performance prerequisite and can be taken in either semester