IMPORTANT NOTICE – This course is the second half of a 2-semester sequence intended ONLY for students majoring in GENETICS. This half of the sequence (447:385) IS NOT equivalent to the one-semester course 01:447:380 (Genetics). Therefore, 447:385 alone WILL NOT fulfill the "genetics" requirement of the Life Sciences Core. Students must successfully complete BOTH 447:384 and 447:385 in order to satisfy the "genetics" requirement. If a student intending to major in Genetics takes the 2-semester Genetic Analysis sequence and subsequently changes his/her major to Biological Sciences, then 4 of the 8 credits WILL apply towards the requirement for the one-semester course 01:447:380 (Genetics) AND the remaining 4 of the 8 credits WILL apply towards the "elective" requirement of the major in Biological Sciences.
Genetic Analysis I 01:447:384
This is the second half of the core course for majors in Genetics, and covers selected topics in greater depth than is possible in Genetics (447:380). Topics include genome structure and dynamics; DNA damage and mutagenesis; cancer genetics; developmental genetics; model organism genetics, recombinant DNA techniques, next-generation genomics and bioinformatics approaches, human genetic disease and gene mapping; and population, quantitative and statistical genetics. Emphasis will be on experimental methods and concepts in genetics, and their application in contemporary genetic research. The class will be a combination of lecture and discussion, and includes a weekly recitation section.
Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals
1. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics.
2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
Weekly graded problem sets. Short quizzes in-class. Three 80-minute examinations involving short answer questions and emphasizing the solving of problems. Attendance is mandatory, as class participation is a significant portion of the grade.
Genetics: From Genes to Genomes (5th edition) by Hartwell, Goldberg, Fisher and Hood.
Dr. Kim McKim
** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.