Updated 09/25/05

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UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN MOLECULAR GENETICS

Sample Curriculum

    The sample curriculum is displayed on the left side is annotated on the right with a series of steps you need to consider.  These comments apply to everyone in the major but in particular to those who wish to participate in undergraduate research.

    4 Year Sample Curriculum

    First Year:

  •     Autumn:
  • Chemistry 121

    Mathematics 150

    GEC-English  110 or 111

  • Winter:
  • Chemistry 122

    Biology 113

    Mathematics 151

  • Spring:
  • Chemistry 123

    Biology 114

    Mathematics 152

    GEC-Foreign Language

    Second Year

  • Autumn:
  • Chemistry 251

    Chemistry 245

    Physics 111

    GEC-Foreign Language

  • Winter:
  • Chemistry 252

    Chemistry 246

    Physics 112

    GEC-Foreign Language

    GEC-Second Writing Course

  • Spring:
  • Physics 113

    GEC-Foreign Language

    GEC-Arts & Humanities

    Third Year

  • Autumn:
  • Biochemistry  511

    GEC-Social Science

    GEC-Arts & Humanities Part 1

     

  • Winter:
  • Molecular Genetics 601 Lab course (optional, may substitute MG 602).  Note that students with more than 3 credit hours of 693 or H783 may, by petition, elect to not enroll in either 601/602.

    Molecular Genetics 605

    GEC-Arts & Humanities Part 1

    GEC-Social Science

  • Spring:
  • Molecular Genetics 602 Lab course (may substitute MG 601).  Note that students with more than 3 credit hours of 693 or H783 may, by petition, elect to not enroll in either 601/602

    Molecular Genetics 606

    GEC-Social Science

     

     

    Fourth Year:

  • Autumn:
  • Molecular Genetics 607

    GEC-Third Writing Course: MG 503

    GEC-Arts & Humanities Part 2

  • Winter:
  • Molecular Genetics 608

    GEC-Arts & Humanities Part 2

    GEC-Capstone Experience

    Elective

  • Spring:
  • Major Course Elective  

    Relevant comments concerning what you should be doing during this time of your career:

    During your Freshman Year: 

    Focus strongly on your grades and getting established in a study intensive routine. Don't party too much!.   Meet with your advisor.  Make sure you start the Chemistry/Biology sequence and get the basic courses started.  Everything builds from here so start right.  If you have questions, email your advisor (Faculty) or contact Dr. Oakley (oakley.2@osu.edu).

     

     

     

     

 

 

     During your Sophmore year:

    Sometime in the Autumn quarter, make an appointment to meet with your advisor.  Use Email to make the appointment or simply stop by his/her office.  Begin to think about your future career plans.  You advisor can help you here (email works well for setting up appointments; see Faculty for email addresses).

    Winter quarter is the time to really focus on your course work....the weather is lousy anyway....do not let your grades slide!  If you are interested, you might be able to start working in a lab part-time and receive 1-2 credit hours in MG693.  Also, at this time you should prepare a professional resume that accurately describes relevant details about you and your career up to this point.

 

 

 

Your Junior year:

    If you want to do a research project, you should be in a lab as early as possible in your third year.  If you have not selected a lab at this time, contact faculty you might like to work with and get the process moving ahead.  Most faculty would like for you to start your project by this time since it takes about 2-3 quarters of training to overcome the learning curve.  While in the lab, you will be learning more about molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry that will go hand in glove with the research you have chosen.  Be thinking about your plans after graduation.....taking the GRE or MCAT...make plans now!

     During the summer between the junior and senior year, you might try working a lab full time.  In some cases you (or your advisor) can arrange funding over the summer.  Many students get their research done and completed for the project during this summer research experience.   Note that applications for summer support are usually due in the Spring quarter (see Scholarships).

     

     

     

 

 

 



    Your Senior year:

    If you are doing a project, you should be working in the lab, taking more MG major courses and putting the finishing touches on your research project.  At this time, you should be preparing for the GRE if you plan to apply to graduate schools....plan on taking the GRE this quarter.  Your graduate school applications need to go out before end of fall quarter.  You will also need letters of recommendation from faculty.