• 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.
  • This course is a study of micro-organisms. While the emphasis is on bacteria, the course will also cover viruses, fungi, and protozoa. Structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow, and impact on society will be discussed.
  • This course is designed to introduce you to the study of sex and gender. Topics will include: what it means to be a male or a female in our society and other societies around the world; how gender develops over the life span; how gender shapes our lives and how the social world shapes our construction of gender; how similar and different males and females are across a number of domains; and how culture, religion, and the media shape and reinforce ideas about gender.