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Study Genetics at Otago

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Overview

Genetics combines the classical approaches of Mendelian genetics and cyto-genetics with the recently developed discipline of molecular genetics. Very much a practical science, it also has a complex and interesting theoretical foundation.

Contact details

Website otago.ac.nz/genetics

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Genetics (GENE) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Genetics

Level Papers Points
100-level

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

At least two of BIOL 112, BIOL 123, BIOC 192, ECOL 111, HUBS 191, HUBS 192, MATH 151 or MATH 160, STAT 110 or STAT 115

18

18

36

200-level

GENE 221  Molecular and Microbial Genetics

GENE 222  Genes, Chromosomes and Populations

GENE 223  Developmental and Applied Genetics

BIOC 221 highly recommended; MICR 221 and ZOOL 222 recommended.

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
GENE 312  Evolutionary Genetics
GENE 313  Medical Genetics
GENE 314  Developmental Genetics
GENE 315  Genomes
BIOC 352  Advanced Molecular Biology and Informatics
MICR 335  Molecular Microbiology

With approval from the Programme Director, other papers relevant to Genetics may be substituted for one 200-level paper and one 300-level paper.

Relevant 300-level papers include ANAT 333, ANAT 334, BIOC 353, BITC 301, BTNY 322, BTNY 326, MICR 336, MICR 337, PLBI 301, PLBI 302, ZOOL 315, ZOOL 316

72
Plus

162 further points, must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

162
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Genetics

Papers
  • GENE 490  Dissertation

  • GENE 411  Current Topics in Genetics

  • GENE 412  Current Topics in Genetics

  • One of:
    • ANAT 456  Developmental Biology
    • BIOC 462  Molecular Biology
    • BIOC 463  Contemporary Technologies in Biochemistry
    • BTNY 467  New Zealand Plant Ecology and Evolution
    • MICR 461  Molecular Microbiology
    • PLBI 401  Special Topic
    • STAT 435  Data Analysis for Bioinformatics
    • ZOOL 410  Evolutionary Genetics

      With Programme Director approval, one of the papers listed above may be replaced by another 400-level paper.

  • Prerequisites: At least five of:
    GENE 312  Evolutionary Genetics
    GENE 313  Medical Genetics
    GENE 314  Developmental Genetics
    GENE 315  Genomes
    GENE 360  Special Topics in Genetics (highly recommended)
    BIOC 352  Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
    MICR 335  Molecular Microbiology

    With Programme Director approval, one of the papers listed above may be replaced by another 300-level paper.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Genetics

Papers

Note: With approval from the Programme DIrector another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of the papers listed above

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Master of Science (MSc) in Genetics

Papers and Thesis
  • GENE 411  Current Topics in Genetic

  • GENE 412  Current Topics in Genetics

  • GENE 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Two of:

    Note: With approval from the Programme Director, another 400-level paper may be substituted for one of the papers listed above.

  • Thesis: GENE 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Genetics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology 18
200-level

At least two of:
GENE 221  Molecular and Microbial Genetics
GENE 222  Genes, Chromosomes and Populations
GENE 223  Developmental and Applied Genetics

36

300-level Two of:
GENE 312  Evolutionary Genetics
GENE 313  Medical Genetics
GENE 314  Developmental Genetics
GENE 315  Genomes
36
 

Prerequisites for GENE 221 include CHEM 191

 
Total   90

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