COSAM News Articles 2021 April COSAM hosts informational session for new genetics major

COSAM hosts informational session for new genetics major

Published: 04/19/2021

By: Maria Gebhardt

“Genetics is the key to basic knowledge and new discoveries,” explained Beth Schwartz, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Schwartz shared with more than 70 participants on Wednesday, March 31, potential careers with a major in genetics. From pursuing a medical degree through professional school, working in a clinical setting, helping patients with genetic counseling, offering insight in plant breeding or solving forensic science questions, a major in genetics gives students options for rewarding careers.


Watch this video to learn more about the new major in genetics.

“The strength in our department is in our biodiversity research,” Schwartz added as she highlighted the array of research fields in the department. Students majoring in genetics will be able to gain hands-on research experience in a variety of labs with concentrations on different areas of biology such as fish phylogenetics, genetics of butterfly wing patterns, fruit fly immunogenetics, bird coloration, computational biology and metals transport to name a few.

She informed students about the areas of genetics including transmission genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, population genetics and genomic biology.

Learn more about faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences and their research labs.

“This amazing field will help students learn about genetics including genomes, variations and evolution,” Schwartz said.

The new major will be offered starting this fall at Auburn University.

“With approximately 2,400 undergraduate students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM), students can easily make friends, get involved in research, participate in student organizations, connect with faculty and enjoy Auburn’s beautiful campus,” shared William Blakeley, recruiter.

The new undergraduate major is a perfect fit for students who are interested in completing a pre-health track in preparation for medical, pharmacy or veterinarian school.

“COSAM’s new major in genetics will open up a variety of different research areas for students,” said Scott Santos, chair of the department and professor. “With research conducted on all seven continents, COSAM helps students build a solid foundation in research and prepares them for an exciting careers in science.”

If you are interested in pursuing a major in genetics or if you would like to request more information, contact COSAM’s recruiter in the Office of Student Services, William Blakeley at


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