Genetics and Biochemistry

Genetics Program

A Clemson genetics degree is a strong preparation for many careers. The degree is an excellent foundational degree for medical, veterinary, or pharmacy school, as well as graduate research in any discipline related to biology (e.g. bioinformatics, forensic technology, and genetic counseling.

Because of the increasing emphasis on genetics and genetic technology in everyday life, a bachelors degree in genetics can also be a direct path to a career in the emerging biotechnology industries (pharmaceuticals, agricultural technologies, biomimetic materials) either in research, sales, or business operations.

A bachelors degree in genetics with the proper emphasis can also lead to employment as a secondary school teacher, a science journalist, or a governmental or legislative policy advisor. Combined with a law degree, a degree in genetics is a good background for a career as a patent attorney. In fact, because genetic technology is affecting almost every aspect of our society, this degree provides excellent preparation for new jobs that will emerge from advances in the field of genetics.

What is Genetics?

Genetics is the study of heredity, and genetic research takes many forms; from the study of heredity at the level of individual molecules, to study at the level of cells and chromosomes, individuals, or populations. Some geneticists focus on an organism, like humans or fruit flies, while other study a molecule, such as an enzyme, or a trait, such as higher yield in wheat. Still others focus the interaction of genes and behavior, development, cancer, taxonomy, fitness (wildlife conservation) and evolution. Genetic techniques are used to answer questions about organisms as small as bacteria and viruses, or as large as the population of the world. In short, almost every field of medical, biological, biochemical and agricultural sciences uses genetics.