Course Descriptions


 This course is intended for non-science majors.

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








 Course Description  

This course begins with an introduction to the field of genetics, including understanding patterns of inheritance, DNA structure and function, and simple vs complex human genetic disorders. This background information is then applied to discussions of several current topics in human health and medicine. Legal and ethical issues associated with each current topic will be included in our discussions.  Topics may include:

Assisted Reproductive Technology
 Genetic Engineering of Plants and Animals
 DNA Forensics
 The Human Genome Project
 Genetic Screening
 Stem Cell Research
 Personalized Medicine

Course URL  

A Sakai 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 

  • 21st Century: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue. 
  • Natural Science: Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences. 
  • Natural Science: Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis. 
  • Natural Science: Identify and critically assess ethical and societal issues in science. 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Two exams each contribute 20% to the final grade.

In-class quizzes/participation contribute 20% to the final grade. An in-class presentation (prepared and submitted in small groups) contributes 40% to the final grade. Groups will be assigned after drop/add period ends.

Course Materials  

Human Genetics and Society by Yashon and Cummings (ISBN: 978-0-538-73321-2)

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 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.  


Dr. D. Glodowski 

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