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The genetics major prepares students for graduate study or careers in research, health care, genetic counseling or industry making it an ideal complement to other degree programs in the biological and life sciences at NC State. Our genetics graduates often go on to graduate research programs or medical, dental or veterinary medicine school.

Our genetics degree puts alumni on solid footing to go straight to work, too. Our grads build careers in biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology and other industries whose products are based on biological and agricultural research.

Building on NC State’s strength as a leader in science and technology, graduates from the program may earn a concurrent minor in any other life sciences curricula, as well as other programs, such as statistics or biotechnology.

Our coursework emphasizes responsible conduct as a scientist and citizen, and our genetics outreach program gives students ample opportunities to participate in public service and engagement.

We challenge students to master their coursework while practicing hands-on problem-solving, both in the classroom and in active research settings. All genetics students read the primary literature and present papers and their research findings, thus gaining valuable experience in scientific communication.

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