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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: BIOL 342L
Course Title: Genetics Laboratory
Number of:
Credit Hours 2
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL 342; methodology and applications in classical and molecular genetics. $40 lab fee. Students majoring in Biology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: BIOL 110L and BIOL 290L with a grade of C or higher; BIOL 342 or concurrent enrollment.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

BIOL 110L and BIOL 290L with a grade of C or higher; BIOL 342 or concurrent enrollment.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Contemporary Genetics Laboratory Manual
By Scott (Morton Publishing Co.)
Genetics Laboratory Manual
By Adamkewics (Wiley & Sons)
A Classroom Guide to Yeast Experiments: A Research Approach to Mendelian and Molecular Genetics and Genetic-Environmental Interactions
By Manney (Carolina Biological)
Genetic-Environmental Interactions
By Manney (Carolina Biological)
Writing in Biology
By Karin Knisely (MacMillan)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize the scientific method to design and conduct experiments.
  2. Utilize critical analysis skills to interpret data and draw conclusions.
  3. Perform and evaluate methods in classical genetic analysis using bacterial, plant, animal, and fungal organisms.
  4. Employ and evaluate methods in molecular genetics.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Perform and analyze monohybrid and dihybrid crossing using experimental organisms.
  • Describe and appropriately use probability and Chi-square analysis.
  • Characterize mitosis and meiosis of plants and animals
  • Use appropriate laboratory methods and equipment for molecular genetic studies including: isolating DNA, restriction enzyme mapping, mutation, and gene expression studies.
  • Discriminate between single gene and polygenic inheritance.
  • Apply principles of population genetics.
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: 18

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Kent Strodtman Date: April 10, 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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