BIO 256 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014

 Curricula in Which Course is Taught:             Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration

 Course Number and Title:   BIO 256, General Genetics

Credit Hours:   4                  Hours/Wk Lecture:   3                    Hours/Wk Lab: 3                             Lec/Lab Comb:    6


I.        Catalog Description:   Explores the principles of genetics ranging from classical Mendelian inheritance to the most recent advances in the biochemical nature and function of the gene. Includes experimental design and statistical analysis.


II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: BIO 256 is a course that incorporates scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy through a study of the principles of classical and modern genetics. 


III.        Required background:           Prerequisite BIO 101-102 or equivalent.


IV.        Course Content:

a.    Chromosome Transmission

b.    Genetic Inheritance Patterns

c.    Chromosome Structure

d.    Molecular Structure of Genes and Chromosomes

e.    Replication of DNA

f.     Transcription DNA

g.    Translation of RNA

h.    Gene Regulation

i.      Gene Repair

j.      Gene Mutation

k.    Genomics and Proteomics

l.      Population Genetics

m.   Molecular Evolution

n.    Mechanisms of Speciation

o.    Biotechnology


V.  Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students

will be able to:


VI.  Evaluation


A.           describe and explain the processes, concepts and principles covered in the above course content.

B.           explain and analyze the chemical genetic code and describe its relationship to visible traits of organisms.

C.           construct and execute elementary laboratory exercises supportive of course content.

 Quizzes, tests, exams, and lab reports

    This course supports the following objectives:

 DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking
Information Literacy
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Reasoning