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Genetics (BIOL 2205)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 2
Lab Credits: 2

Description: This course presents the principles of genetics at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. You will explore how genetic information is organized, expressed, and inherited. You will also gain an understanding of modern genetic technology and assess its impact on society. This course includes two hours of required lab per week that must be taken on campus.

Topical Outline:
1. The organization of genetic information - DNA structure and function, chromosome structure and function, chromosomal abnormalities, genome organization in viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes
2. Gene expression - transcription, translation, mutation, DNA repair, regulation of gene expression, and multi-gene expression
3. Gene transmission (inheritance) - DNA replication, cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian inheritance, non-Mendelian inheritance, linkage, and gene mapping
4. Population and evolutionary genetics
5. Genetics of development and behavior
6. Genetics in technology and medicine - genetics of cancer and immunology, biotechnology, biotechnology in medicine, current issues and bioethics

Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain and apply fundamental concepts related to the storage, transfer, and expression of genetic information at the cellular, organismal, and population level
2. Use critical thinking skills to understand, evaluate, and analyze processes of inheritance
3. Formulate a hypothesis, conduct and analyze a genetic experiment with a model organism, and apply relevant statistical tests to genetic data
4. Organize, draft, edit, and revise formal scientific writing and formal scientific oral presentations
5. Read, interpret, incorporate, and cite information and ideas from primary literature into writing
6. Utilize and understand the application of a genetic technology, including the social and ethical implications

Prerequisites:  BIOL 2200. BIOL 2202 is Strongly Recommended

  • Goal 3: Natural Sciences
  • Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility