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Course level: Undergraduate

This course presents students with the concepts of genetics. Students will examine mitosis and meiosis, chromosomes, DNA structure, gene mutation, and genome dynamics.


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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.
  • Describe 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.


  • Identify various applications of recombinant DNA technology.
  • Apply tools of bioinformatics in genomic analysis.
  • Evaluate societal and ethical issues in biotechnology.


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