Department of Genetics

Department of Genetics


  • 1930 Genetics curriculum established

    Genetics curriculum taught as a component of coursework in Agronomy, Zoology, and Plant Pathology departments.


  • 1951 Department of Genetics established

    The Department of Genetics is established and located in Winston Hall. (for historical records, see online collection guide)

  • DefaultView of Winston Hall from across Hillsborough Street
  • 1952 Department of Genetics moves

    The Department of Genetics moves to Gardner Hall.

  • DefaultGardner Hall
  • 1956 First female Ph.D. recipient

    Patricia Ann Sarvella become the first woman to receive a Ph.D. degree at State College (from the Department of Genetics).

  • 1958 Genetics nursery established
  • 1958 First African American Academic Staff Member

    The first African American woman academic staff member, Mrs. Justina Williams, is hired to work in the Department of Genetics' Drosophila research lab. Many African Americans had worked at State prior to Williams's appointment, however they primarily worked in custodial or food service positions.


  • 1967 First faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    Stanley G. Stephens becomes the first faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

  • DefaultStanley G. Stephens, Professor of Genetics


  • 1977 Department of Genetics History

    Carey Bostian wrote Development of the Department of Genetics, North Carolina State University, 1924-1976. A print edition exists in the library.


  • 1999 Genomic Science degrees

    NC State becomes one of the first land-grant universities to offer masters' and doctoral degrees in genomic science.