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Genetics 101: Introduction to Genetics
30 hours (14 weeks).
December 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain the functions of and differences between DNA and RMA in protein production; identify the activities, structures, and processes involved in mitosis and meiosis; describe the fundamentals of mendelian genetics, alleles, chromosomes, and heritability; define the theory of evolution, understand natural selection, explain speciation, and perform calculations using the Hardy-Weinberg Equation; illustrate how model organisms allow scientists to learn about genetic defects and development; examine the processes and effects of DNA damage, mutation, and repair; use pedigree analysis to determine inheritance of genetic disorders in humans; understand the principles of comparative genomics and DNA technology; and explain how PCR, genetic engineering, and genetically modified organisms play a role in DNA technology.
Course materials are presented via audiovisual materials. Major topics include: the molecular and chromosomal basis of inheritance; transmission/mendelian genetics; population genetics and evolution; model organisms and developmental genetics; DNA damage, mutation, and repair; human genetics;comparative genomics; and DNA technology and transgenic organisms.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Biology, Natural Science, or as a general education requirement (12/16). NOTE: Credit may only be awarded for this course or Biology 102: Basic Genetics.