Molecular Genetics at Fredonia
The Molecular Genetics program prepares students for a variety of career goals involving Cell and Molecular Biology. The Molecular Genetics program differs from the Biology program in that students focus their studies on the foundations of modern experimental biology including biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology. These principles are critical for understanding how organisms develop, respond to signaling, and interact with their environments.
The Fredonia Difference
Fredonia's Molecular Genetics students receive a strong interdisciplinary foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, followed by specialized upper level courses in cell and molecular biology. The curriculum includes hands-on laboratory training on the most modern instrumentation and techniques available.
- Technical positions in:
- Healthcare industry
- Forensic laboratories
It's Different Here
Students interested in health professions Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry, or Pharmacy often select the Molecular Genetics program.
good career choice
There is a high median annual salary for molecular geneticists, biochemists, and biophysicists.
Fredonia’s molecular genetics graduates are finding success working in science or medicine.
Why Molecular Genetics at Fredonia?
Molecular biologists must understand how to use complex lab equipment, such as cloning kits and DNA synthesizers. Fredonia gives you that opportunity.
Setting you up to succeed
The ‘Studying for Success’ course helps students develop time management, organizational and study skills. Required lectures and labs are kept small to ensure students can work closely with their instructors.
High quality education
Faculty come from world-renowned universities; they teach the same courses at Fredonia taught at those institutions.
BIOL 380 Cell and Molecular Biology
A cell biologist must not only be able to examine structures within a cell, but must understand the underlying molecular processes that govern the formation and regulation of those structures, as well as the interaction of those structures with each other and the environment both inside and outside the cell.
BIOL 435 Developmental Biology
A study of animal development integrating descriptive, experimental, cellular, and molecular studies of gametogenesis, fertilization, cleavage, gastrulation, induction, and maturation. Labs examine development from an historical perspective.
BIOL 437 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
You will learn techniques that biologists use to study and manipulate the physiology, biochemistry, and genetics of a cell at a molecular level. This course is designed to help students build their molecular "toolkit" and teach them how to bring the concepts learned in lecture courses to bear on a research project.
Molecular Genetics in the news
Fredonia students were not able to staff medical brigades in Honduras during the semester break, but the university’s connection to the Central American country remains intact even during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to Department of Biology Department Chair and Professor Ted Lee and four alumni.
Students can get an inside track on research projects, upper-level course electives and other learning opportunities in the Department of Biology at an informal gathering on Friday, Feb. 18.
Senior Samantha Reed, who has majors in Molecular Genetics and Medical Technology, is a co-author, along with Department of Biology Assistant Professor Nicholas Quintyne, of “Keep Calm and Carry on with Extra Centrosomes,” a review article published in the online journal Cancers 2022.