Course Descriptions

01:447:480 Topics in Molecular Genetics  Subtopic: Evolutionary Developmental Genetics

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Fall   This course is not offered in Fall 2016




Genetics 01:447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384 and General Biology Lab 01:119:117 or 01:119:102

Course Description

This course is aimed at students who plan to pursue research careers, attend graduate school, or enter the biomedical/research workforce.

The main goal of the course is:

* To learn how to analyze the primary scientific literature

* To understand how hypotheses are formulated

* To understand how experiments are performed

* To understand how data is analyzed and interpreted

The course focuses on multiple layers of control of gene expression in eukaryotes, and how the underlying mechanisms are studied using molecular genetic approaches. These approaches will be illustrated using several well-known example topics. These specific topics will include:

(1) Growth factor signaling

(2) Programmed Cell Death

(3) RNAi and MicroRNAs

(4) Gene regulation in the brain

(5) The genetics of learning and memory

(6) The genetics of behavior

Course satisfies Departmental 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.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

4 exams and daily in-class assessments

Course Materials

Assigned research papers, textbook TBA

Course Closed?

If this course is closed please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction to be placed on the waiting list.





** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.