Graduate education in animal breeding & genetics (AB&G) has a long and successful history at Iowa State
University, from its early beginnings with the founders of the discipline, such as Lush and Hazel,
through today's world-renowned program.
With a traditional emphasis on quantitative genetics,
graduate degrees are offered in a broad spectrum of related disciplines, including molecular
genetics, immunogenetics, and bioinformatics. Students have
multiple employment opportunities upon graduation and are highly sought
after for jobs in industry, research and university settings.
In keeping with the major's tradition of excellence and cutting-edge science, the AB&G PhD degree
program has developed the capacity for specialization in quantitative genetics and molecular
genetics. Both specializations put substantial emphasis on the integration of quantitative
and molecular genetics, with further in-depth study of topics related to the specialization and
allow minors or co-majors in related graduate majors.
Graduate research seminars and journal clubs
are offered to expose students to research in related areas and to industry. This multi-disciplinary
education program allows students to be better prepared for the full spectrum of challenges they
will face in contemporary issues related to animal breeding and genetics.
Graduate training with AB&G faculty can be obtained under a number of graduate majors. The Animal
Breeding & Genetics group administers and offers MS and PhD degrees in the graduate major
breeding & genetics. In addition, individual AB&G faculty participate in and can advise students
in the following graduate majors (follow these links to corresponding requirements):
Graduate research assistantships are available through grants administered by individual faculty and
from graduate training grant programs in which AB&G faculty participate. Please browse the following
links for information on special fellowship programs.
The Animal Breeding and Genetics Graduate Student Organization (ABGSO) is involved in several activities,
including maintaining the AB&G library (203 Kildee Hall), which holds copies of all graduate theses in
animal breeding and genetics, going back to the students of Lush and Hazel, along with several contemporary
journals and textbooks.