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BIOL 2140  GENETICS (4 credits)

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of genetics. First, students will learn to analyze patterns of Mendelian inheritance. Then, they will develop molecular explanations for these patterns and understandings of how gene genes are defined and identified. They will also learn how variations in inheritance patterns arise, using analytical and statistical tools to distinguish between variations on inheritance patterns and to analyze quantitative traits. Then, students will focus in on the nucleus to examine the structure, organization, packaging, and inheritance of chromosomes. They will consider the consequences of genetic recombination on inheritance patterns and for genetic mapping. They will zoom in even further to examine the molecular details of genetic processes: the regulation of gene expression, the basis of mutation and recombination, and the movement of transposable elements. With this background, they will consider the contributions of genome projects to genetics. Finally, students will zoom out to the level of populations and analyze the genetic structure of populations and the contribution of genetics to evolution. Usually offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BIOL 1450 and 1750, CHEM 1140 or 1180 or the equivalent or permission of the instructor. Must enroll in discussion.


The biology degree allows students to explore biological topics that span the breadth of biology. A diverse selection of courses enable students to obtain a very broad expertise or to follow a specialized area of the discipline. The biology major prepares students for a wide range of career choices.

Molecular and Biomedical Biology

...complete BIOL 1450 AND BIOL 1750 , two courses from BIOL 2140 , BIOL 3020 and BIOL...


...students must complete BIOL 1450 and BIOL 1750 , both BIOL 2140 and BIOL 3020 and...