Course Descriptions



This course will satisfy the 447 elective requirements for students majoring in the biological sciences. It also is an approved elective for students majoring in Genetics. This course satisfies the SAS Core Curriculum Goal 21st Century Challenges 21C-c: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.


Fall and Spring




Genetics 01:447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384 and Gen Bio Lab 01:119:117 or 01:119:102

Course Description

Social, legal and ethical implications of genetics, for example: genetic screening, modern genetic technologies,  stem cells and cloning, genetic modifications of plants, animals and humans, genetic enhancement, and gene therapy.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics.

2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.

3. Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics and understand its relevance to society.

4. Appreciate the role of the science major in improving the public's perception of science.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy


Group case study position paper and presentation: 30%

Group current event presentations: 20%

Class participation (verbal, 3 X 5 reflection cards, questions for guest lecturers): 20%

Weekly blog entries and reflective writing - 20%

Pre-class quizzes and polls: 10%

Course Materials

There is not a suitable textbook. Original research articles, reviews and book chapters will be available on the SAKAI site.

Course Closed

If the course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen McDonald in the Genetics Undergraduate Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Dr. K. Schindler