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Principles of Genetics, BSCI222, 4 credits, Spring Semester
This is a large-enrollment undergraduate class consisting of two 1hr:15min lectures per week and a 2hr discussion/lab section. This is a foundational course in which students cover a wide range of fundamental and essential genetic topics and concepts beginning with the principles of transmission genetic primarily in eukaryotes and ending with evolutionary genetics. In between students learn the basic biochemistry of essential genetic processes and then superimpose on that a basic understanding of how gene expression is regulated. Biotechnology and genomics are covered, culminating in an exploration of the genetic basis of cancer. Moving beyond the cell and individual organism student will learn basic concepts in quantitative genetics and population genetics. This is an exciting, fast-pass tour of genetics that enables students to see and understand the importance of genetic to all fields of biology and medicine.
Bioethics: Responsible Conduct of Research, MOCB708, 1 credit, Fall Semester
This is a graduate seminar that focuses on the ethical dimensions of doing research. This course explores the many facets of the research enterprise and examines the ethical issues associated with each. The course focuses on case studies that provide a basis for thinking about research ethics and the use of examples of ethical failures. This course is intended to train students on what constitutes ethical conduct in research so that they can avoid ethical lapses and so they can protect themselves from the ethical lapses of others, both of which can be career-ending mistakes or worse.