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 Anne 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 female 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.