Genetics and Bioinformatics

Majors Eligible to Join

First year and early transfer students in Genetics and Bioinformatics 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 an Bioinformatics 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.

Most importantly, upper division Genetics adn Bioinformatics majors act as peer mentors to assist with the orientation class, social and educational activities, and to lead study sessions in Chemistry and Biology. 

Living Options

This learning community does not have a residential component but women students are encouraged to join the WiSE residential theme houses if they wish to be housed with students in similar majors.

Signing up

All freshmen majoring in Genetics and Bioinformatics are signed up at registration. Genetics and Bioinformatics transfer and change-of-major students may also opt to join the learning community. Contact the coordinator if interested. 


Alison Esser