Functional Genomics

The Functional Genomics Program is entering an exciting moment. We are in the process of finalizing a merger with the Genetics program. Our two programs have a long history together and this merger will bring new and exciting opportunities in the years ahead. For the Fall 2024 admission cycle, applications for either Genetics or Functional Genomics will be considered for the new combined programs. For questions about the program, please email the Graduate Services Coordinator Tyler DeAtley ( or Director of Graduate Programs Spencer Muse (

About the Functional Genomics Program

Functional Genomics at NC StateĀ encompasses gene discovery, gene expression, protein and nucleic acid structure and function, gene and gene product interactions, and genomic approaches to breeding and comparative studies relevant to ecology and evolutionary biology. Students selecting Functional Genomics will focus on one or more of these areas.

Academic preparation will start with a general background in Genomic Sciences including classes in Bioinformatics, Genetics, Biochemistry and Statistics. A wide variety of advanced courses are offered and will be chosen depending on the specific focus of the student.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Functional Genomics (non-thesis degree)
  • M.S., Functional Genomics
  • Ph.D., Functional Genomics
  • Co-major in Functional Genomics
  • Minor in Functional Genomics
    (for students pursuing a PhD degree in Bioinformatics or another discipline; there is no minor offered for M.S. degrees).

Admission to the Program

Students should have an undergraduate major in the biological or physical sciences, mathematics, or computer science and have taken at least one semester of college-level calculus.

Alternatively, accepted students must take these courses as prerequisites outside the credit requirements for the degree.