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Biological Sciences

Overview - Genetics and Cellular Biology

Program Name

Biological Sciences


Genetics and Cellular Biology


College of Arts and Sciences


Biological Sciences

Degrees Available at SIUE

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Genetics and Cellular Biology Specialization

Genetics and Cellular Biology Specialization at SIUE

Biology includes the whole domain of living things: patterns of cellular structure; the underlying biochemical pathways; anatomy and function of whole organisms; the mathematical predictability and molecular basis of inheritance; the flow of energy and matter through living systems; the regulation and interaction of basic life processes; the universality of adaptation; and the interdependence of the biosphere. Like all sciences, biology is both cumulative and open-ended in its discoveries. It teaches the wonders of life, the excitement of discovery and the challenge of the unknown.

Students who are curious about living things, how they function, and how they relate to the environment may want to study biology.

Genetic engineering and cellular biology are rapidly expanding fields in biology.

Genetic engineering is a defined method for producing genetic changes in a variety of organisms in the laboratory. Cellular biology is a field that studies all aspects of gene regulation, protein trafficking, cell physiology, and apoptosis.

Career Opportunities

Students who have an interest in genetics and cellular biology have many career options including in such fields as agriculture, genetic engineering, biotechnology, cell biology, microbiology, bioinformatics and molecular biology to name a few. A biologist with this focus of study might work in a laboratory carrying out basic or applied research, or engaged in process or quality control. Job opportunities exist in business, industry, and government. The genetics and cellular biology specialization is an excellent choice for students considering advanced graduate study in any field of molecular biology.

Other Biology Programs at SIUE

  • Ecology, Evolution, and Environment
  • Integrative Biology
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical Technology
  • Secondary Education Certification
  • Combined Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine Program

Contact Information

Department of Biological Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Phone: (618) 650-3927
Fax: (618) 650-3174

Genetics and Cellular Biology


Department of Biological Sciences
Undergraduate Inquiries
Office Phone: (618) 650-3927
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