The term “molecular genetics” encompasses the study of how the genome functions on a molecular scale, and describes a group of tools that can be used to answer questions on nearly all biological topics and scales of study. Because the term encompasses such a variety of topics and tools, this course should be useful to all biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or molecular biology students, regardless of the main interest/s of each student. Prerequisite: BIO 234.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the known types of genes, and identify how each produces one or more phenotype/s.
  2. Describe and use major molecular genetic tools and techniques, e.g. gene discovery, determination of gene function, and genome editing.
  3. Provide examples of how molecular genetic tools or concepts could be used in your planned post-graduate career.
  4. Identify and critically discuss ethical issues surrounding modern genetic and genomic methods and clinical applications.