Genetics, Genomics, & Biotechnology
Five Reasons to Choose Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology as a Major
1. Outstanding preparation for career and professional opportunities
Do you want to get a job in the field immediately after graduation? Our graduates are prepared for immediate entry into careers in biomedicine, agricultural biotechnology and other related industries. You will be competitive for jobs in private industry, academia and government. Maybe you want to go to a professional or graduate school after you get your undergraduate degree. Many of our graduates successfully pursue postgraduate opportunities in medicine, dentistry, law, genetic counseling or graduate school.
2. Get Involved in Research
Are you excited and anxious to get involved in genetics research at BYU? Don’t wait to contact a genetics professor and find out if they have a laboratory project that interests you. We have many undergraduate students working in our labs on projects involving genetic analysis, genome sequencing and assembly and genome editing. You don’t have to be a junior or senior to get involved, you just need to have an interest and a willingness to learn and work hard.
In addition to competing for university and College of Life Sciences scholarships, students majoring in Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology have access to a large scholarship fund within the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. Many genetics students earn at least a partial scholarship. To be eligible for college and department scholarships you must submit a university scholarship application before the February 1st deadline.
4. Stellar Facilities
For those students who do get involved in research, you will work in the Genetics Great Lab, a collaborative laboratory environment shared by all seven genetics faculty in the new Life Sciences Building. The Great Lab features space for conducting experiments, computing resources for analyzing data, and a break room where you can hang out with other students to eat lunch or study.
You are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities during the spring and summer. The Genetics and Biotechnology club maintains a Facebook Page where internship and job opportunities are often posted.