Genetics – bio410 (3 credits)
This course presents students with the concepts of genetics. Students will examine mitosis and meiosis, chromosomes, DNA structure, gene mutation, and genome dynamics.
DNA, RNA, and Proteins
- Explain the concept of the genetic code.
- Describe the role of histones and epigenetics in the organization and gene regulation in chromosomal structures.
- 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.
Gene Regulation, Genetic Mutations, and Genes in Development
- Explain the levels of regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes.
- Explain the genetic and epigenetic events that lead to cancer.
- Analyze genetic mutations.
- 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
- Identify factors that lead to genetic variations.
- Compare animal models used in developmental genetics research.
- Explain modern genomic concepts.
- Examine the genetics of behavior using animal models.
- Predict allele frequencies using the Hardy-Weinberg law.
Biotechnology and Genomics
- Evaluate societal and ethical issues in biotechnology.
- Apply tools of bioinformatics in genomic analysis.
- Analyze how data from the Human Genome Project is used in pharmacogenomics to optimize personalized medicine therapy.
- Identify various applications of recombinant DNA technology.
- Explain how the human microbiome and the genomes of animals and plants can be applied to human disease and development.
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.
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