Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Seeking information on undergraduate programs/majors in genomics and/or genome biology?

I am looking around to find examples of undergraduate programs/majors in genomics or genome biology.  I got a couple of potential examples from a post I made on friendfeed but am looking for more.  What I am looking for is not just courses in genomics but majors/programs in genomics ... do they exist and if so, where and what do they look like.  Any information would be helpful.  Here is what I have found so far:


  1. NYU's Department of Biology has a minor in Genomics & Bioinformatics within its undergraduate program in biology.

  2. i have very mixed feelings about undergrad programs in genetics/genomics/bioinformatics. i chaired the grad program in genetics for a number of years at penn state, and truly believe that our best students came from a broadbased biology degree program. some had a concentration in genetics/genomics courses.

    to date, i am very impressed with PU's (not PSU's) integrative sciences program/approach, in part, because it emphasizes many of the tools of biogeninformatomics -- but seems to be much less restrictive in terms of topical study. we'll see how it goes.

    i understand that some subgroup of students wants to 'major' in b.g.i.o. and some subgroup of adminstrators wants to say 'we have a program'; but, some days, i really think that undergrads desperately need a richer, broader background to bring to the table -- and if we have new cash to spend... recommit to our undergrad biology curricula.

    just my $.02...

  3. there are several bioinformatics majors cropping up now. do you want those?

  4. much more interested in genomics ones but IFX ones would be useful tooi

  5. David Botstein has sent me some information about some related activities at Princeton:

    "At Princeton we have a new
    integrated introductory science program


    that leads naturally (for ca. 1/2 of the students who
    take integrated science) to a certificate in quantitative
    and computational biology


    that features a lot of genomics.

    Students with more interest in genomics and
    quantitative and computational biology at Princeton might
    want to browse the website of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for
    Integrated Genomics, which offers all these programs.


    The programs of the Institute (both research and teaching,
    which we believe are and should be intimately intertwined)
    are supported by NIGMS through the Center for Quantitative


  6. Also see Davidson College!! http://www.bio.davidson.edu/programs/Genomics/genomics_overview.html