Explores the principles of genetics ranging from classical Mendelian inheritance to the most recent advances in the biochemical nature and function of the gene. Includes experimental design and statistical analysis. Lecture 3 hours. Recitation and laboratory 6 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to discover the fundamental principles governing the mechanisms of inheritance on the biochemical level, the organismic level, and the population level; and to apply these principles in problem solving situations.
The course is designed primarily for biology majors. The course serves as a second year laboratory scene elective.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
Prerequisite skills and information necessary for entrance in general genetics may be obtained from a first year introductory biology course. Such skills include the use of elementary chemical symbols as related to biology, good laboratory technique, awareness of the fundamental biological processes such as cell division, and protein synthesis. The student should also have some knowledge of basic mathematics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, exponents, and probability. Prerequisites are BIO 101-102 - "General Biology I & II" or equivalent.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: