Course Descriptions

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

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.


Fall                      Please note this course is not offered Fall 2016




Genetics 01:447:380 or Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384 and General Biology Lab 01:119:117 or 01:119:102

Course Description

This is a course that will use both a text book and the literature to survey how mutations are isolated and analyzed. The emphasis will be on the methods and strategies used to identify mutations and interpret genetic information. The student will learn how to combine classical genetics, molecular biology and genomics to answer important questions about gene structure and function. To quote the textbook, this course is "not so much about what we have learned, that will continue to change, but rather how we have learned it". That said, the learning process is based on examining real experiments and data drawn from a range of model organisms and humans involving processes such as development, the cell cycle, DNA repair, mitosis, and meiosis.  

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals

1. Know the terms, concepts and theories of genetic analysis.

2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.

3. Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

4. Students will be able to design an experiment, analyze and interpret data and able to communicate the discoveries.

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Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grades will be based on three in class exams and daily quizzes

Course Materials

Required Textbook: Genetic Analysis by Philip Meneely ISBN: 9780199651818

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please contact Kathleen McDonald in the Genetics Undergraduate Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to obtain special permission to register.



Dr. Natalia Morsci


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