BIOL 3500


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Apply the processes of mitosis and meiosis and to explain and predict the transmission of genetic information.

2. Use basic patterns of genetic inheritance to predict the transmission of genetic attributes to future generations.

3. Describe the structure of DNA and explain how its structure facilitates information storage, replication and transfer.

4. Explain how genes control the activities of the cell and the physical and behavioral attributes of organisms

5. Describe how genes and the environment interact with each other to generate the physical and behavioral attributes of organisms.

6. Describe and explain processes that generate genetic variation.

7. Explain how genes are transmitted through populations, and how differential transmission of alleles leads to evolution.

8. Explain how changes in chromosome number and structure occur, and the genetic and evolutionary consequences of such changes.

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Lesson Topic Chapters
1 Introduction, DNA as the Molecule of Heredity Chapters 1, 10, 12
2 Transcription, RNA processing, and Translation Chapters 13, 15
3 Principles of Heredity Chapters 2, 3
4 Pedigrees and Genetic Testing Chapters 6
5 Extensions and Modifications of Basic Principles
Midterm 1: Weeks 1-4: Sep. 23-26
Chapters 4, 5
6 Linkage, Recombination, Gene Mapping Chapters 7
7 Chromosome Variation Chapters 8
8 Mutation Chapters 18
9 Cancer Genetics Chapters 23
10 Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria
Midterm 2: Weeks 5-9: Oct. 28-31
Chapters 16
11 Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes, Epigenetics Chapters 17, 21
12 Quantitative Genetics Chapters 24
13 Population Genetics Chapters 25
14 Genomics and Molecular Genetic Analysis
Midterm 3: Weeks 10-13: Dec. 2-5
Chapters 19, 20
15 Review for Final Exam -
16 Final Exam: Cumulative: Dec. 13-14 -