Due to the fundamental nature of genetics in the life sciences, our training program is distributed across several colleges here at the University of Florida, including but not limited to the College of Medicine, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Agricultural and the Life Sciences.
The University of Florida possesses world-class, state-of-the-art training and research opportunities in genetics and genomics. Because of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of genetics and genomics, geneticists, bioinformaticians, statisticians, and computer scientists, among others, will participate in core training for our genetics students. Additional training is available in microbial, molecular, plant, mammalian, population, quantitative, and statistical genetics.
|Year||Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|First year||Advanced Genetics, PCB 5065 (4 credits)||Genomics & Bioinformatics, GMS 6231 (3 credits)|
|Big Data for the Biologist, GMS 5909 (3 credits)||Advanced Molecular & Cellular Biology, BCH 6415 (3 credits)|
|Seminar in Genetics, GMS 6290 (1 credit)||Seminar in Genetics,GMS6290 (1 credit)|
|Ethics in Genetics, GMS 6221 (1 credit)||Laboratory Rotations,BCH 7979 or ANG 7979 (2 credits) or course of choice|
|Subsequent years||9 credits including Seminar in Genetics, GMS 6290(1 credit)||9 credits including Seminar in Genetics, GMS 6290 (1 credit)|
Our program is designed to give students a solid, interdisciplinary foundation in the first year, with opportunities for specialization in the second year and beyond. While students are required to participate in the genetics seminar and at least one colloquium, each student will follow an individual program of courses and requirements developed in consultation with his/her major professor and supervisory committee. (See listing of genetics courses offered at UF.)
In the first semester, students will take a foundation class in Advanced Genetics (PCB 5065), as well as Big Data for the Biologist (GMS 5909) and Ethics in Genetics (GMS 6221). In the second semester, Genomics & Bioinformatics (GMS 6231) and Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology (BCH 6415) are required. There is some flexibility depending on a student’s specific background and interests.
The core training in the first year is the research rotation program, in which students have the opportunity to “rotate” through three labs in a minimum of two colleges. Rotations are critical to selecting a graduate advisor: they provide a hands-on opportunity to participate in the research being conducted in a lab, and a mutual opportunity to evaluate fit between advisor and prospective student.
In addition, students will participate in the Genetics Seminar beginning their first semester and continuing throughout their graduate career. This seminar provides students the opportunity to get feedback on their research and practice in public speaking. In the second year and beyond, while students are required to participate in the genetics seminar and at least one colloquium, each student will follow an individual program of courses and requirements developed in consultation with his/her major professor and supervisory committee.