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 two 80-minute lectures weekly, one 50-minute recitation weekly, assigned reading, 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
  • Mutation
  • Transposable Elements
  • Recombination
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Genomics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Population Genetics

Course Syllabus

Fall 2019 Syllabus

Course URL

A SAKAI 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 25% of final grade)

Non-cumulative final exam (25% of final grade)

Attendance and quizzes in recitation (15% of final grade)

Online homework via Sapling Software (10% of final grade)

Course Materials

Required text: Benjamin A. Pierce, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 6th edition

ISBN: 1-319-05096-4

Online access to Sapling Software (available here:

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 2020 Courses .  If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - 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.