• Genetics, Law and Social Policy is a 3-credit course designed for non-science majors to learn the basic concepts in genetics needed to understand a variety of topics that are often covered in the media and will likely play a role in everyone’s life at some point, either directly or indirectly.  The first few weeks of the course are focused on establishing the background in genetics that is needed to delve into subjects including assisted reproductive technology, genetic testing, cloning, genetically modified organisms, human genome sequencing and CRISPR technology.
  • Semester Offered: Spring
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: Canvas
  • Core Curriculum: NS, CCO



Course Syllabus 

 Spring Syllabus 2022

Course URL  

A Canvas site will be set up at the beginning of the semester.

Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

  • To understand and develop an appreciation for research as the basis of scientific study. 
  • To understand and to appreciate the process of science. 
  • To acquire the ability to use scientific reasoning. 
  • To understand biology as a framework of related concepts.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals  

  • Our Common Future (CCO) : Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue. 
  • Natural Science (NS): Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences. 
  • Natural Science (NS) : Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Your grade will be composed (approximately) of:

  • Two exams (30% of final grade) 
  • Weekly reading quizzes (15% of final grade)
  • Weekly homework assignments (30% of final grade)
  • Five reflection papers (25% of final grade) 

Course Materials  

Human Genetics 14th edition by Ricki Lewis


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 Spring 2024 Courses. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dr. Doreen Glodowski 

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