Course Descriptions



This course is intended for non-science majors.

This course CANNOT be used to fulfill the requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Spring, Summer





Course Description

This online class introduces the student to Human Genetics, from the micro level to the macro level. We will begin by covering some of the foundational molecular biology, such as the structure of DNA and the means by which your genes influence your development and health. We will also discuss genetics at the family level, and study the patterns of disease inheritance we see in families that have a disease-causing mutation running through them. We will then discuss a number of topics related to how we use our knowledge of genetics to tailor medical treatments to specific patient's needs, use stem cell therapies for specific diseases, and help infertile couples have children. All the cellular, molecular, and biotechnological materials is presented in a manner that assumes the student has no background in biology.

Course Syllabus

 Spring 2021 Syllabus

Course URL

A Canvas site will be available at the beginning of the semester

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): Identify and critically assess ethical and societal issues in science.

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

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grades will be derived from a combination of two exams, regular homework assignments and a group presentation.

Course Materials

No Required Textbook

Course Closed?

If this course is closed,  please use the following link to add your name to the course wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2021 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Sciences-Office of Undergraduate Instruction  at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. R. Michaelis

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