Course Descriptions

01:447:380 GENETICS  (SECTIONS 16-21 )


This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course is a CORE requirement for the Biological Sciences major.


Fall, Spring, and Summer




General Biology 01:119:115-116 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162 or 01:160:163-164

Course Description

The goals of this course are to introduce students to:

  • A body of genetic information and how this information was generated via experimentation
  • Using logic and reasoning to solve genetics-based problems

These goals will be accomplished through one 80-minute lecture weekly, one 50-minute recitation weekly, two lecture videos weekly, assigned readings, and most importantly, working through assigned and suggested problems online and in the text book. Topics covered will include:

  • Chromosome Segregation and Independent Assortment
  • Mitosis and Meiosis
  • Deviations from Mendelian inheritance patterns
  • Linkage
  • DNA Structure and replication
  • Cytogenetics
  • Transcription and Translation
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • DNA Mutation and Repair
  • Recombination
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Population Genetics

Course Syllabus

 Spring 2022 Syllabus

Course URL

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

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

This course presents the fundamental terms, concepts and theories of genetics. In addition, key experimental results that contributed to the development of the field of genetics are discussed.

 Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Two hourly exams (each is 20% of final grade)

Non-cumulative final exam (20% of final grade)

Quizzes (10% of final grade)

Recitation attendance and participation (10% of final grade)

Online homework (10% of final grade)

Lecture questions embedded in videos (10% of final grade)

Course Materials

Required text: Benjamin A. Pierce, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 7th edition

ISBN: 1-319-21680-3

Required: Online access to Achieve site.

Note that registration on the Achieve site includes access to the e-version of the required text, so there is no need to purchase a hard copy. Use of iClickers is also included with registration on Achieve.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2023 Courses.   If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dr. D. Glodowski

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