Minor


Admission to our minor program is by application and competitive.  Your grades and a personal statement are the primary criteria on which admissions decisions are based; we do not require any preparatory coursework for the minor.  Applications are accepted and reviewed ONLY during Fall quarter each year.  Applicants must be entering their JUNIOR fall quarter.  Students in their first or second year of undergraduate study should wait until fall quarter of their Junior year to apply.  About 25 undergraduates are typically admitted to our minor program each year.  We are looking for applicants from all academic backgrounds – both B.A. and B.S.  Incoming transfer students are very welcome to apply.  Minimum GPA 2.5 is required to apply, however, GPA 3.0 or above is a better predictor of who will benefit most from our minor program.

  • When to Apply

Members of the Class of 2016 are invited to apply during Fall 2014 (between September 29, 2014, and 5:00PM, Friday, October 24, 2014).  NOTE: Class of 2015 applications were about 25 in number and all were admitted.  Class of 2014 applications were about 38 in number and 25 were admitted.  Incoming transfer students are very welcome to apply.  B.A. and B.S. students are about equally represented amongst those admitted to our minor program.

  • How to Apply

Email a brief personal statement (about 300 words) to our Student Affairs Officer, Rich Moushegian (RMOUSHEG@socgen.ucla.edu).  Help our faculty to know you better – tell us about your academic interests, extracurricular activities, career goals, important life experiences, etc.  Our Student Affairs Officer will then obtain and attach a copy of your UCLA transcript (you need not supply this), and send your application to our Admissions Committee for review.  You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within about 2 business days.

  • When you will get a response

An admissions committee of our faculty will decide your application and respond to you by approximately mid-November.

 

Program Description

Learn about the various problems and possibilities of modern genetics, especially in their social context, by pursuing a minor in ‘Society and Genetics.’ Genetically modified foods, forensic uses of DNA, new cloning technologies, gene testing and therapies, genetic privacy, gene patents, mapping DNA through human history, politics of race and heredity, and genetics of behavior are just some of the contested topics you are likely to encounter through coursework in the minor. Opportunities are also available for faculty supervised individual studies coursework and research apprenticeships.

Instruction in the minor is highly interdisciplinary. Core courses (101, M102 and 191s) are often taught collaboratively by instructors from different academic disciplines, and upper division elective coursework is selected from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, ecology and evolutionary biology, history, philosophy, public policy, sociology, gender studies and more.

Graduating with a minor in Society and Genetics gives you a basic understanding of modern genomics, its implications for society, and how societal forces and institutions in turn shape the direction of modern genomic research.  You are also exposed to an interdisciplinary way of thinking about complex issues which is broadly applicable to law, medicine, business, academia and public policy.

Coursework

The minor in Society and Genetics is a seven course program of study. Because many undergraduates in our minor program are life sciences majors who have taken or will take Life Sciences 4, and since LS4 does the work of Society and Genetics 101, we have two alternative paths to completion of our minor.

Path A: for those not taking Life Sciences 4

  1. Society and Genetics 101 – take this JUNIOR Winter
  2. Society and Genetics M102 – take this JUNIOR Spring
  3. Society and Genetics 191S (capstone seminar; prereq: 101 and M102) – take this SENIOR Winter
  4. elective #1 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  5. elective #2 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  6. elective #3 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  7. elective #4 (see approved list below) – take this anytime

Path B: for those taking Life Sciences 4

  1. Life Sciences 4 (lower division course doesn’t count toward the minor, but removes the need for SOC GEN 101; instead of SOC GEN 101, you must take a 5th elective of your choice)
  2. Society and Genetics M102 – take this during JUNIOR Spring
  3. Society and Genetics 191S (capstone seminar; prereq: LS4 and SOC GEN M102) – take this during SENIOR Winter
  4. elective #1 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  5. elective #2 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  6. elective #3 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  7. elective #4 (see approved list below) – take this anytime
  8. elective #5 (see approved list below) – take this anytime

Notes:

  • Letter grade is required for all coursework in the minor.
  • Cumulative average GPA of 2.5 or better to enter the minor.
  • Coursework in the minor program must achieve a cumulative average GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • No more than one course overlap of minor with your major and any other program.
  • Total 30 units minimum required for completion of minor program.

Approved List of Upper Division Courses for the Minor

  • Anthropology 111 (req: ANTHRO 8)
  • Anthropology 112 (req: ANTHRO 8)
  • Anthropology 124 – replaced by Anthropology 124A, 124B and 124P.  If and when you enroll, contact our Student Affairs Officer to receive elective credit for any of these replacement courses.
  • Anthropology 128A
  • Anthropology 131 (prep: two lower division social science courses, may be from different departments)
  • Anthropology 153 (note: this course is not ANTHRO 153P)
  • Anthropology 186P (req: ANTHRO 7)
  • Anthropology M140 (same as Linguistics M146) (req: ANTHRO 33 or LINGUISTICS 20)
  • Anthropology M158Q (same as GEOG M153 and HNRS M152)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 120 (req: Life Sciences 1-4, Math 3A and 3B, or 31A)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 121 (req: Life Sciences 3,4)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 180A (formerly numbered EEB 180)
  • Gender Studies 134 (req: GENDER 10)
  • Gender Studies M114 (same as LGBTS M114)
  • Gender Studies M162 (same as Sociology M162) (req: Sociology 1 or GENDER 10)
  • Gender Studies M180B (same as HIST M180B)
  • Geography M153 (same as ANTHRO M158Q and HNRS M152)
  • History 179B
  • History 180C
  • History M180B (same as GENDER M180B)
  • Honors Collegium M152 (same as ANTHRO M158Q and GEOG M153)
  • Human Genetics C120
  • Human Genetics C144 (req: Life Sciences 4)
  • Human Genetics CM156 (same as MCDB CM156 and MIMG CM156) (req: Life Sciences 3,4)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies M114 (same as GENDER M114)
  • Linguistics M146 (same as ANTHRO M140) (req: ANTHRO 33 or LINGUISTICS 20)
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics CM156 (same as HUMGEN CM156 and MCDB CM156) (req: Life Sciences 3,4)
  • Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology CM156 (same as HUMGEN CM156 and MIMG CM156) (req: Life Sciences 3,4)
  • Philosophy 153A (req: Philosophy 22)
  • Philosophy 154B (prep: one philosophy course)
  • Philosophy 155
  • Philosophy C156
  • Psychology M140 (same as SOCWLF M140)
  • Public Policy 103
  • Social Welfare M140 (same as PSYCH M140)
  • SOCIETY AND GENETICS 120,121,130,131,160,161,162,163,175,180,188,196, and 199
  • Sociology 143 (req: Sociology 1)
  • Sociology 170 (req: Sociology 1)
  • Sociology M162 (same as GENDER M162) (req: Sociology 1 or GENDER 10)