Genetics (The Secret of Life)

Majors eligible to join

First year and early transfer students in Genetics in either the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible. 

Program description 

This Learning Community includes freshmen and early transfer students in the Genetics major. The curricular component includes the fall GEN 110 orientation class and reservations in specific sections of Chemistry, Biology, and biologically-themed English classes in fall and spring semesters allowing students to attend classes and labs with others in the major. Social or Educational events are held at least monthly beginning with a welcome social the day before classes begin. Other social events, field trips, research lab tours, and service learning with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are planned.

Students are assigned a common reading, “The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine” by Francis Collins, 2010 to introduce the impact of our knowledge of the human genome on human health and its management. Most importantly, upper division Genetics majors act as peer mentors to assist with the orientation class, social and educational activities, and to lead study sessions in Chemistry and Biology. This learning community does not have a residential component but women students are encouraged to join the WiSE learning community if they wish to be housed with students in similar majors.

Living Options


Signing up

All freshmen majoring in Genetics are signed up at registration. Genetics Transfer and Change of Major students may also opt to join the learning community. See coordinator. 


Alison Esser


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