• BIO4410—Genetics (Lecture and Laboratory)

    Course Description

    This course discusses the principles and methods used in the study of genetics in prokaryotic and eukaryotic model systems. The topics include: Mendelian genetics, population genetics and genetic recombination and mutation. The course will also include an in-depth discussion of genetic processes (the structure and function of DNA, genes and chromosomes, replication, transcription, and translation). Genetic methods (theory and use) will be discussed the use of genetic methods to analyze genes and protein function as well as gene regulation. The genetics of disease (viral, cancer and inherited single gene diseases) as well as the genetics of the immune system will be discussed.

    The laboratory will address: inheritance of traits, genetic recombination, transformation,transcriptional regulation, and biotechnology techniques.

    The course and laboratory will include: lectures, online interactive assignments, problem sets, and interactive laboratories.

    Pre-requisites:Introductory Biology, General Chemistry, Recommended: College Algebra, Cell Biology

  • BIO 4010 Description

    This course covers principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms and human disease. Topics include an overview of bacteriology, virology, and immunology. The major themes are: general principles for growth, evolution and classification of microorganisms, microorganisms in disease and immune response to microorganisms, and medical treatments directed at microorganism (antibiotics and vaccines). Students will be expected to develop an understanding of these topics, and be able to use them in class, in the laboratory, and in exams.  Laboratories are designed to give the student the basic laboratory techniques necessary to identify microorganisms. This course is a writing intensive course. Students will be expected to extrapolate from lecture and laboratory material to describe and discuss microbial replication cycles, disease and treatments in several written lab reports. In addition students will write a research paper discussing how microbes have shaped human history.