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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 342
Course Title: Genetics
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Basic principles of Mendelian and molecular genetics. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: BIOL 110, BIOL 290.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): BIOL 110, BIOL 290.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks designed for a one semester course in Genetics are suitable for this course. Topics should include both classical and molecular genetics. Examples include the following:

Basic Genetics
By Weaver, W.C. (Brown Publishing)
Essentials of Genetics
By Klug and Cummings (MacMillan Publishing)
By Russell (Addison Wesley Longman Publishing)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the fundamental principles that underlie classical and molecular genetics.
  2. Understand and relate the structure of genes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes to gene expression and protein synthesis.
  3. Investigate mechanisms of gene expression and regulation.
  4. Examine the impact of genetic variation on evolution of populations and species.
  5. Understand the basic principles of genetic engineering and potential uses and impacts of its application.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Transmission genetic analysis
  • Relationship between DNA and phenotype
  • Genome structure and engineering
  • Mutation and large-scale chromosomal changes
  • Gene function and regulation
  • The effect of genetic variation on evolution of populations.
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Kent Strodtman Date: September 9, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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