This course presents students with the concepts of genetics. Students will examine mitosis and meiosis, chromosomes, DNA structure, gene mutation, and genome dynamics.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.
Cell Division, Chromosomes, and Patterns of Inheritance
Analyze similarities and differences between mitosis and meiosis.
- Explain the chromosomal events during mitosis and meiosis that lead to genetic diversity.
- Explain how Mendelian inheritance relates to genes and genetic linkage.
Explain the role that chromosomes and allelic variation play in heredity.
- Identify the important events occurring in each stage of the cell cycle.
DNA, RNA, and Proteins
- Explain the biological, biochemical, and analytical techniques used to analyze the structure of DNA and RNA.
- Explain the events of DNA replication at the molecular level.
- Illustrate the process of genetic information transfer from DNA to a protein.
- Explain the concept of the genetic code.
- Describe the role of histones and epigenetics in the organization and gene regulation in chromosomal structures.
Gene Regulation, Genetic Mutations, and Genes in Development
- Explain the levels of regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes.
- Analyze genetic mutations.
- Explain the genetic and epigenetic events that lead to cancer.
- Examine variations in chromosome number and arrangement that result in inheritable disorders.
- Explain how the Human Genome Project is used to analyze gene expression.
Gene Development, Behavior, and its Role at the Population Level
- Examine the genetics of behavior using animal models.
- Predict allele frequencies using the Hardy-Weinberg law.
- Identify factors that lead to genetic variations.
- Compare animal models used in developmental genetics research.
- Explain modern genomic concepts.
Biotechnology and Genomics
- Identify various applications of recombinant DNA technology.
- Apply tools of bioinformatics in genomic analysis.
- Evaluate societal and ethical issues in biotechnology.
- Analyze how data from the Human Genome Project is used in pharmacogenomics to optimize personalized medicine therapy.
- Explain how the human microbiome and the genomes of animals and plants can be applied to human disease and development.
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- While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor.
- Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.