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Biology 230 Sec 1: General Genetics

Fall 2012


Course Description:

This course will introduce you to the basics of genetics, and the four major aspects of the field, molecular, cytology, transmission and population genetics. First, it will provide an overview of what a gene is, what it does and how it can be modified. The structure and role of chromosomes will be followed by an examination of how genes are passed from one generation to the next. Finally the behavior of genes in populations will be studied and the role this plays in evolution. Throughout the course there will be discussion of the ethical uses of data and technology, and how new discoveries impact individuals and society.

Contact Information:

Mike Adams: SCI 355  

Phone, email and office hour information can be found at

Required Texts:

You will be using the on-line text Principles of Biology which can be found at Details on signing up on the course web site (see below)

A short guide to writing about Biology 6th edition. Jan Pechenik. Pearson Education 2008

Other readings. See the course web site for readings from the textbook and the Scitable web site. Scitable can be found at  You need to register on the site and then go to the readings for this course on a daily basis. You will receive questions on each set of readings that must be answered by 8:00 a.m. class day.

Grading:  Your final grade will be the average of your overall grade from each half of the course. Within each part, the lecture and lab grades will each count for half. Lectures grades will be the average from all exams and quizzes, whether in class or as assignments. Lab grades will be based on writing (50%), exams and quizzes, answers to questions and overall lab performance. Note: your final grade will be reduced for infractions of class policies (see next page)

Minimum grade requirement.  In order for this course to count towards a Bio major/minor/individualized major and in order to take any upper level Bio courses a grade of C- or better is required. If you need to retake this course be aware that your registration will take place after all first time students have registered and we cannot guarantee that their will be a place available.



1) Read the hand-out before coming

You should have a clear idea of why you are doing each exercise and what you will need to know and do.

2) Plan ahead

In many cases you will need to have solutions or items prepared for certain steps in the exercise. Don’t wait until the last minute to get them ready. Read ahead, and see what you will need later: then start preparing as soon as possible.

3) Be safety conscious

A laboratory is a dangerous place. Flagrant violation of stated safety procedures will result in dismissal from the lab and a grade of zero for that week's assignment. NO open toed footwear, shorts or short dresses/skirts, eating, or drinking, are allowed in the laboratory. 


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