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)

View of Winston Hall from across Hillsborough StreetView of Winston Hall from across Hillsborough Street
1952 Department of Genetics moves

The Department of Genetics moves to Gardner Hall.

Gardner HallGardner 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.

Stanley G. Stephens, Professor of GeneticsStanley 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.